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What Happens When You Quit Dairy

Dr. Mauricio Gonzalez, an internal medicine resident in New York City, has been studying the benefits of a whole-food, plant-based diet for more than 15 years. Today, he’s here to share his knowledge on dairy. While it’s true that we need calcium, the idea that we need to get it from dairy is actually a harmful myth.

Growing up, I thought that we all needed dairy to be healthy. After all, that’s how you get enough calcium to grow strong bones, right? Chances are you heard some variation of the same thing, and it might be hard to shake that idea.

Calcium is absolutely needed, there’s no question about that. But the question is whether we have to get calcium from dairy. My dear friend Dr. Mauricio Gonzalez joined me in New York to make a video to answer that question and give you guys some information on the facts and myths of dairy.

When I switched to a plant-based diet and stopped having dairy, I saw some amazing benefits.
My skin got clearer and more radiant. In our conversation, Mauricio explained why this happens. It turns out that dairy stimulates the growth of sebaceous glands in the face, which can lead to acne. So removing dairy is a great step toward getting youthful-looking, radiant skin.

I also noticed that my digestion improved when I switched to a plant-based diet. It turns out that isn’t just me! Mauricio explained that there has been evidence since the 1950s that severe constipation in children improves when they stop eating dairy.

All of this goes against the standard narrative that consuming dairy is important and contributes to strong bones. But Mauricio explains that the science behind that narrative is outdated. In fact, he talks about a study that shows that women who drink three or more glasses of milk are more likely to die prematurely, develop certain types of cancer, and (surprisingly!) to suffer from hip fractures.

There are other problems involved in eating dairy, which I’ll let Mauricio explain himself in the video!

I know it can be hard to give up dairy, but you don’t actually need to make big sacrifices. Plant-based milks, yogurts, cheeses, and even ice creams mean you can make healthy choices without feeling deprived.

And yes, a plant-based diet can fill all your nutritional needs! By eating green leaves, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes, you can get all the calcium your body needs without consuming excess saturated fats.

Calcium isn’t the only thing you need for strong bones. Protein, exercise, and vitamin D are all important too. So head outside and get some sunshine for that vitamin D! If you aren’t sure where to start with exercise, try my at-home full-body workout. And if you have a hard time getting enough sunshine, take vitamin D supplements to be on the safe side.
Removing dairy is just one step, but it’s a great step to take!

If you liked this blog and video, let me know in the comments! I want to make content that’s super valuable to you, so your feedback is really helpful. And for more great information from Mauricio, follow him on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!

Love always ❤️


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