Nut, seed, and coconut milk is a saviour for many people who can't tolerate dairy based milks. I remember first hearing of soy milk in grade 9 or 10 when a friend of mine's mom bought it for their fam as the girls were getting gastro symptoms from traditional dairy products.
I remember thinking it was SO COOL! I was the kid who drank several glasses of milk per day (especially alongside my big bowl of pasta with powdered cheese!). Although I loved my milk I knew it was hurting my tummy and was eagerly looking for relief from my gut pain, and chronic constipation, even at 13 or 14 years old.
Although it took me several more years to full make the switch to dairy free (16 to be exact), I definitely enjoyed seeing more dairy free milk alternatives show up on the market.
I would order almond milk based chai lattes from Starbucks or a side of dairy free milk for my coffee. Sometimes my requests were met with "Uh, we only have regular milk", but often nut based milk was available.
Nowadays there's everything from coconut milk, hemp milk, nut milk, pea milk etc. available at every grocery store and cafe (love it!).
There are many reasons why one may side step dairy based milks. Here are a few of them:
All great reasons to skip the dairy aisle and head straight to the nut milk section! Although, what if the nut milks are ALSO causing you issues? This is most definitely a thing, and here are a few reasons why it may be causing you gas, bloating, constipation, loose stool, fatigue or gut pain:
Sometimes, when you're either first starting out on a gut health journey or fine tuning your current regime, taking full control of what you're putting into your body is the best approach in reducing inflammation so that your body can actually heal.
If you're continuously putting food, products, chemicals etc., that are mounting an immune response then you will be battling chronic inflammation and the immune system won't have a chance to heal.
If this is resonating with you, here are a few of my favourite non-dairy milks and a recipe to get you started! I'm going to follow up on this blog post with a free nut milk recipe book for IBS so keep an eye out for that one.
Anti-Inflammatory Dairy Free Milk Options:
Directions: (so easy!)
These milks can last for 4-5 days in the fridge. They are delicious in cereals, overnight oats, chia puddings, desserts or just in a glass with a homemade cookie!
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