Many people consider dairy a great protein and calcium source, but the body will actually utilize it as a milk sugar, known as lactose first. In order to digest dairy products, our bodies must have the enzyme, lactase. Nearly all adults have an inability to digest dairy products because they lack this enzyme to break down dairy, also referred to as being lactose intolerant. Lactose intolerance individuals will begin to notice the effects after the age of 20 when our bodies begin to produce less of the enzyme. This will cause poor digestion such as bloating, cramping, gas, irritable bowel syndrome, reflux, and other conditions that will result in poor health.
What to use instead?
Try unsweetened almond milk, or any other nut milk instead of dairy.