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Dairy-related issues?


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Alrighty, so I'm not sure if this would be better off here or in the "Health" forums, but I have a few questions about dairy, um, side affects. Okay, nothing really gross, just some thoughts.

I have GERD and sometimes after I eat dairy (particularly yogurt or Greek yogurt especially) I feel like I have a "mucous" layer in my mouth and it's really disgusting. I have read that this is not unheard of with dairy, so I was wondering if maybe it was part of the reason. I mean, I eat A LOT of dairy right now. Several containers of Greek yogurt, plus cottage cheese. I probably need to cut back regardless, but I will most definitely give it a try if it will help get rid of the nastiness.

Also, the age-old question - does dairy cause acne? Have you personally experienced better skin if/when you've backed off from dairy or if you are a vegan? I don't have terrible skin, but I have always wondered about this. Thanks!

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Ok, having done a bunch of research on the issue of dairy & mucus in the past, I can say that you're not alone in that mucus-y feeling in your mouth. Dairy doesn't increase production of mucus, but it does thicken what's already there. As for acne? Never heard of a link between dairy & acne.  Drink tons of water, make sure you wash & moisturize your face every day, and see a dermatologist.  :)

Dairy does cause mucus. You're eating a TON of dairy products right now; cut way back on them and the feeling will go away. 

I've had an experience with the dairy-acne link, but be warned, it's a long story! I used to have atrocious skin from ages 12-16. I went to several dermatologists over the years who prescribed be loads of creams and pills, but nothing worked. I stumbled across a site that talked about dairy causing acne so I gave it a go. I saw results immediately. In a couple of months, my skin was soft, bright and clear! I got myself officially tested and found out I was allergic to the proteins in dairy. This is not uncommon; most people cannot process dairy and don't know it. Sure, I miss yogurt and cheese, but eating dairy is not worth the stomach aches, sleeplessness, mucus and ACNE.

I had pretty bad skin, acne and eczema, when I had a heavy dairy diet. 

I am now dairy-free and my skin is great! Also I generally feel much better after eating (dairy makes me queasy) I eat a bit of cheese or cream every now and again but I feel so much better with out it. 

The best thing is to go 100% dairy free and see what happens. Then maybe bring little bits back in to see how much you can handle. 

Good luck 

No, milk doesn't cause mucus.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/phlegm/AN014 55

But cutting it out and then adding it back in slowly is a very good idea.

I have skin problems and my doctor took me off gluten and dairy and it hasn't helped at all!
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