Dairy and Brain Allergies / Mental Fog / Anxiety / Depression

Answered on January 20, 2014
Created January 16, 2014 at 9:38 PM

I've been reading up stuff on allergies and came upon a bit about how some allergies are psychosomatic. They not only make your body react, but also your mind.

I'm thinking that this may be the case with me. For one, I noticed that I was getting depressed within an hour of drinking milk. Like serious depression. I remember being in tears over little stuff before I went to bed if I had milk. I've long ago cut out milk and pretty much all diary from my diet. I used to also have a bit of gyno that's pretty much gone since then.

The only thing remaining is organic grassfed butter that I use for cooking. But, I'm going to be cutting that out starting tomorrow. Reason being: I've noticed that I'm very anxious in day to day life. I have panic attacks, often severe social anxiety that is triggered by memories of past events, and generally a thin skin. Stuff that shouldn't matter bugs me. It eats at me. It's so disabling that I often find myself being the anti-social awkward person in some situations. And I think that this last bit of dairy in my diet may be partially responsible.

So, has anyone else noticed better mental and emotional health since going dairy free? If that was your initial reason, what signs and symptoms led you to believe that dairy was the cause of it?

PS: I'm already on a pretty good keto diet (meat and veges only). I exercise and meditate aswell, and have been attempting nofap.


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on January 20, 2014
at 04:19 PM

I get anxiety, brain fog and other wierd reactions from many foods, but dairy is definitely one of the worst. But, being very low in carbs (at least for a start) can make me anxious as well.

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on January 20, 2014
at 04:00 PM

this podcast covers some of your concerns- the body can react to dairy as if it is gluten in some cases, which effects neurotransmitters




on January 17, 2014
at 05:56 PM

Low fat and/or typical dairy = anxiety for me. I do fine with raw grass fed milk/yogurt. Going too low carb when being active (aka, not enough sweet potato) really seems to do a number on my brain and causes all kinds of fog. Try experimenting wit different ratios of carbs, fat and protein and see how your body responds. N=1 anxiety is just a symptom of something bigger going on, and often times changing what you're eating can make a huge impact.


on January 17, 2014
at 07:05 AM

Don't discount emotional swings/crying/increased sensitivities to others as not food related. I get this same reaction from exposure to gluten (and most other grains except rice and buckwheat), happens every time. It can last for up to 3 days. In that time, I cry easily for no reason, feel emotionally disconnected from others, as if I don't fit in, can feel despair and have suicidal thoughts. The emotional and cognitive changes for me (confusion, brain fog, memory problems) are the main symptoms from the grains, very little gastric distress. That is why it was so hard to figure out the connection. After years of not knowing what was causing this, and docs prescribing many different anxiety and anti-depressant medications, through trial and error, I figured out what foods to avoid.

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on January 16, 2014
at 09:58 PM

I had terrible brain fog my entire life until I cut out dairy-- now that I'm on medication for Hyperprolactinaemia and have switched to desiccated thyroid from synthetic (basically getting my hormones in balance) I'm able to add dairy back into my diet. I'm still experimenting with this, as some days are worse than others. I don't have answers for the other things but I hope this helps you a little.

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