I am wondering if it is possible for dairy to cause pimples and irregular periods etc? I think there is a correlation between my dairy intake and my period suddenly being MIA. I have had problems with irregular menstrual cycles in the past, but for the past 4-5 months it has been very timely. Lately, I have been consuming more dairy, so I'm wondering if dairy could be the culprit.
You are very observant! Yes, dairy is one of the most common food allergies and sensitivities, and can cause a host of problems for those who can not tolerate it. Acne is one of the most common reactions, along with digestive problems and eczema. In addition, because dairy often contains bovine growth hormone as well as natural cow hormones, it can definitely affect hormonal rhythms. When in doubt, I have patients cut it out for at least a month to see if things clear up. However, to know if it is affecting a menstrual cycle, often 3-months dairy-free is necessary. During the dairy-free time, I make sure that my patient is consuming other calcium-rich foods and/or taking a calcium supplement. If dairy is the problem, often a dairy-free diet is the best solution. I remind patients that cow milk is made to feed baby cows, and that in a human body, it can cause all sort of problems because our body was not designed to ingest milk from another species.
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