Detoxing From Dairy Products

by Denise
(Aurora, CO)

Should I expect to be detoxing from dairy products?

I have been vegetarian for a year and a half, but went completely vegan 4 months ago. I have tried to find information regarding the effects of detoxing from (lots of) dairy products, but have not been able to have my question directly answered. I have suffered from breakouts on my forehead and jawline since becoming vegan. I am curious as to how long this "detoxing" might last, if you think that is the issue.

I have also considered a sensitivity to soy products as a possible cause. If you have any advice on clearing it up, that would be wonderful as well. Thank you for a great website and newsletter!

Denise King


The same exact thing happened to me, and I have heard of many other people going through the same thing. Dairy products today are filled with unnatural growth hormones, antibiotics, and other chemicals, and our bodies are simply not designed to deal with the milk of another animal. Milk is created to give babies (of the same species) a way to quickly gain weight, and then the babies are weaned off of it onto food that is natural to them.

You can read all about the dairy and cheese industry in its gory detail in my ebook Cut the Cheese, which is dedicated to helping people quit cheese and move on with their lives.

So, when you stop eating dairy products, your body will likely react in some way. Some people immediately begin to feel lighter, and misinterpret that as feeling weak. Others get headaches, feel nauseated, get rashes, and/or break out. Don't worry-- it's completely normal. It's hard to say exactly how long it will last, but it should probably only be about 6 months total.

Having said that, there is a way to quickly balance your hormones with food. I found that as soon as I started eating 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed every day, my acne went away. I now use chia seeds and make a chia gel that gives me the same results. The reason these seeds work so well is that they are high in omega-3 fatty acids and work as anti-inflammatory agents (keeping inflammation in the form of acne at bay) and they also help to balance your hormones. I highly recommend adding those to your diet right away, and I bet you'll see results quickly.

Some people also find that eating sugar, wheat, and soy can affect the quality of their skin. My guess is that this is because of how they tax our bodies and disrupt our hormones. If you focus on vegetables, fruits, true whole grains, legumes, and nuts/seeds and drink plenty of water, your skin should work its problems out fairly quickly.

I hope that helps!


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Thanks for the advice
by: Steve

I just wanted to thank you for your comments here. I am not vegan but am have given up dairy products owing to an allergy. I am having an 'interesting' time!! I am breaking out in itchy rashes which go far beyond anything my allergy ever caused. I am pleased to hear that this is only likely to go on for six months or so and also reassured to know that this appears to be a common reaction.
Thanks again for this site.

Dairy Detox
by: Anonymous

My 7 year old son has had tummy issues all his life. Sometime ago I brought him to the doctor and we decided to give him yogurt everyday. This seemed to help, but eventually the tummy issues returned. A different doc last week suggested taking him off dairy for two weeks. Now he's having sudden bouts of diarrhea.
So my question is, can stopping dairy lead to more intense problems during detox? And could a small amount of dairy (like a pat of butter) set off a reaction?
Thanks for any thoughts on the subject.

to Georgia
by: Anonymous

I hadn't read your comment for Dairy detox. I have THE SAME BUMP under my eyebrow and that started my search for "how long does this part last". WEIRD!

Thanks for the hope. I just feel that this is the right path and I love how I feel.

detoxing from dairy
by: Anonymous

Finally, I have been searching the internet all morning because I went vegan a month ago and oil free (McDougall) a week ago and I'm am totally breaking out all over my face and having dry, flaky skin all over my body.

You give a possible time period (6months). Even though the dairy I ate was mostly raw and I only eat organic everything else, I believe I am purging. I am hoping I am purging.

No one else has give the time period and you did. Thanks! I think I can hang. I just needed a little hope.

Quit dairy and arm bumps disappeared
by: Anonymous

I used to have these tiny little bumps on the outside of my arms when I are dairy and meat. I have been vegan for a little over 2 years and the first thing I noticed was the bumps went away entirely. I have never had any side effects that are negative from giving up dairy and meat. When I begin to waiver, all I have to do is re read the China Study by T. Colin Camptell and I am right back on track. It's a must read for all. Teens would do well to read it too.

RE: Detoxing from Dairy
by: Georgia

I think this is probably pretty normal. I was very sensitive to dairy to begin with. It caused a lot of sinus and abdominal issues with me, and when I was vegetarian, I was eating way too much of it. So when I went vegan, I got a huge (and when I say huge, I mean HUGE) boil on my upper eyelid right under my eyebrow. Yeah. ICK. It was horribly gross and embarassing, and it took several months to go away, but it did go away. And I've experienced so many benefits from giving up dairy that I now feel the few months of embarassment were worth it. Probably the best thing you can do is drink lots of water, and eat your fresh fruits and veggies, and try to ride it out. Wish I had a more miraculous cure for you!

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