Two Australian nutritionists shared what can happen to your body when dairy products are removed from your diet.
Melbourne nutritionist Laura Ford said dairy products contain nutrients like protein and calcium, as well as a number of essential vitamins and minerals.
Sydney nutritionist and author Lyndi Cohen added that everyone has a "different threshold" for dairy products, with some being completely intolerant and choosing to avoid consuming dairy products entirely.
"It is quite difficult to diagnose lactose or milk intolerance, although it is not recommended to remove dairy products completely from a diet without seeking medical advice," she said.
However, people with intolerance can experience health benefits from eating a dairy-free diet.
Two Australian nutritionists shared what can happen to your body when dairy products are removed from a diet
Can reduce flatulence
In addition to beans, onions, and certain drinks, dairy is another food that is well known to cause gas in some people.
According to research by Genetics Home Reference, 65 percent of the population cannot digest lactose milk products, which often leads to gas.
Those who are sensitive to lactose in dairy products are often lacking the enzyme lactase, which is necessary to digest lactose.
Laura said bloating could be due to lactose intolerance and an "inability to break down lactose effectively".
"This is not a problem with the dairy itself, but rather due to a lack of production of the enzyme lactase, which breaks down lactose," she said.
“Cutting down on dairy products means less gas because your body can produce enough lactase to break down the lactose for you to absorb (whether it's a small amount or not).
"As you gradually increase your milk intake, your body can adjust to eat more dairy products as your body produces more lactase over time. This is also why you may feel bloated after a large cheese platter," said she.
Nutritionist Laura Ford (pictured) said dairy products contain nutrients like protein and calcium, as well as a number of essential vitamins and minerals
Sydney nutritionist and writer Lyndi Cohen (pictured) added that everyone has a "different threshold" for dairy products, with some people being completely intolerant and choosing to avoid consuming dairy products
Can improve the skin condition
Both experts said that research was done to show links between milk consumption and acne, but these studies are ongoing and inconclusive.
Laura said that since both skin care and diet are very personal, it is important to look at diet as a whole before considering dairy as an issue.
"It's important to look at your entire diet, not just the dairy products alone and what other foods are being removed or added," she said.
"A look at your skin care routine and a conversation with a dermatologist would be my first recommendation, as things like hormones can play a key role in skin health."
Lyndi added, rather than removing dairy products from a diet, looking at "the load" and the frequency with which they are consumed.
"Some people feel better or have fewer symptoms when they have small amounts of dairy products at the beginning and end of each day rather than a large amount at once," she said.
While some with intolerances may experience an increase in clearer skin.
Both experts said that research was done to show links between milk consumption and acne, but these studies are ongoing and inconclusive
The positives and negatives of cutting out dairy products
Cutting out dairy products can cause discomfort for people with intolerance and sensitivity
Some people can experience less gas, diarrhea, constipation or menstrual pain
A dairy-free diet is safe and poses no health risks
Alternative alternative foods are widely available
t everyone has to eliminate dairy products from their diet, normally only allergies or intolerances should do so
Certain nutrients can be withdrawn from the body if food alternatives or supplements are not consumed
Some milk substitutes and other non-dairy products are more expensive than their dairy products
Strictly avoiding dairy products can be a challenge
Requires thorough planning to meet nutritional needs
Who should cut out dairy products?
People diagnosed with lactose intolerance or who are allergic to dairy products such as milk, cheese, or yogurt
Talk to your doctor before taking any supplements. However, vitamin D and lactase enzyme supplements can be taken without dairy products
Source: Very fit
Can reduce headaches
The idea that dairy products can cause a headache is a pretty controversial topic as some people are prone to this symptom and others are not.
Both experts said there was no clear evidence of this in the general population. However, if people are sensitive or intolerant to dairy products, cutting down on dairy products can cause a headache.
"Headaches could be linked to glutamates (naturally occurring MSG) in aged cheese, but there needs to be a prior sensitivity to it as it doesn't affect everyone," Laura said.
If people are sensitive or intolerant to dairy products, reducing the amount of milk they produce can reduce headaches
Potential effects on gut health and the immune system
Eliminating dairy products entirely from the diet can cause the immune system and gut to weaken as extra probiotics and nutrients are deprived of the body.
"Removing dairy products can have an impact on gut health because fermented dairy products like yogurt, cultivated beverages, and kefir contain live active bacteria cultures that have shown health benefits for gut microflora," said Laura.
It is best to buy nutritional supplements to ensure that the gut and immune system continue to receive these nutrients during a non-dairy or low-dairy diet.