I stopped eating dairy when I went primal a couple of years ago. Last month, on a whim, I bought butter because I thought it would be a harmless addition to my oatmeal. In just three weeks, my face has become inflamed with acne, my bowels are irritated, and I'm waking up with brain fog.
I wasn't dairy intolerant two years ago. What's happened?
I've stopped eating the butter and I'm hoping my face clears up fast. Is there anything I can do to help heal the damaged gut?
Um, oats are a grain, not paleo!, and as such it has gluten analogues, and worse, may be contaminated by being processed on the same equipment as wheat.
Butter is fine for some folks, but you're better off with butter from grassfed cows. Some folks are fine with it, others react to it. You could try to clarify it into ghee and see if you still react, if you don't, it was the very small amount of protein in it.
Otherwise, it could be something in the fat, such as the hormones they give the cows to keep producing milk and grow big (this is why you want grassfed butter).
Maybe your body just didn't feel allergic or bad when you were eating dairy previously because it was constantly there and you didn't have another standard to compare. Now that you've experienced the standard without dairy for an extended time, maybe now you can just tell the difference. Like if you used to eat processed junk, cleaned up and began eating real food, then one day had a piece of cake or a pizza and felt like 100x worse from one meal that back in the day was your "normal."
I think I would blame the oats more than the butter. I absolutely love butter but have switched to ghee since becoming paleo. It gives that awesome buttery taste, plus CLA, without all the nasties (dairy and lactose).
Depending on what you are eating, your paleo diet may have weakened your gut (e.g. if you consume nuts and oats), lectins are a possible cause of leaky gut. (Note: dairy intolerance would more likely cause flatulence, so I get the impression it's not intolerance but more of an immune response, watch out for your gut integrity)
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