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Dairy-based products make up a significant portion of the world’s diet and represent a fundamental component of most western cuisine.
Previous research has, however, pointed towards an association between consumption of dairy and risk of Parkinson’s.
New research provides further support for this connection.
In today’s post, we will look at the mysterious bond between dairy intake and Parkinson’s.
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Me and Brie. Source: Wikipedia
When I turned 25, I realised that my body no longer accepted cheese.
This represented a very serious problem for me.
You see, I still really loved cheese. A bottle of red wine, a baguette and a chunk of brie – is there any better combination in life?
Heaven. Source: Healthylivingpc
My body and I had a really bad falling out about this. And yes, it got ugly. I wanted things to keep going the way they had always been, so I tried to spice things up by introducing new and exotic kinds of cheeses, which my body didn’t want to know about it. It rejected all of my efforts. And after a while, I gradually started resenting my body for not letting me be who I was.
We sought help. We tried some interventions. But sadly, nothing worked.
And then things got really bad: My body decided that it didn’t have room in my life for yogurt, milk or even ice cream anymore (not even ice cream!!!).
Basically no dairy what so ever.
There’s something’s missing in my life. Source: Morellisices
OMG! How did you survive without ice cream?
Well, I’ll tell ye – it’s been rough.
All silliness aside though, here is what I know: It is actually very common to develop a lactase deficiency as we age – lactase being the enzyme responsible for the digestion of whole milk. In fact, about 65% of the global population has a reduced ability to digest lactose after infancy (Source: NIH – more on this in a moment).
I am not lactose intolerant (one of the few tests that I actually aced in my life), but I do have trouble digesting a particular component of dairy products – which can result in discomfort… and let’s just say socially embarrassing situations (one day over a drink I’ll tell you the ‘summer afternoon cheese fondue story’).
If one is forced to drop a particular food group, dairy is not too bad (but if I am ever forced to give up wine, I swear I’ll go postal).
And some new Parkinson’s-related research has indicated that more of us should possibly be avoiding dairy.
What is the new research?