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An image of a glass of oat milk on a wood saucer with a wooden spoon and oats spread aroundIt seems like everyone’s always talking about the latest superfood and its benefits. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the information or to just ignore it altogether. The truth is that no food can offer you perfect health, but some foods can benefit your overall health and your adrenal glands. Oat milk is gaining in popularity lately, and as it turns out, this might be for good reason. If you’re struggling with chronic exhaustion or other chronic conditions, then this beverage may help.

What is Oat Milk?

Oat milk is just what it sounds like. It’s made by soaking and blending rolled or steel-cut oats with water. You then strain the mixture to separate the oats from the milk. This type of milk isn’t as nutritious as eating oats, which is why nutrients such as iron, calcium, potassium, and vitamins A and D are often added when you buy it commercially.

Oat milk is a good alternative for people who have allergies as it doesn’t contain nuts, soy, or lactose. It also has other health benefits including:

  • High levels of vitamin B, which can elevate your mood and combat oxidative stress.
  • It contains soluble fiber, which may help reduce bad cholesterol levels.
  • It’s often fortified with vitamins C and D, which can promote healthy bones.
  • The fiber in this milk can improve heart health and elimination.

There are also some downsides to drinking this type of milk including:

Glyphosate Levels

Some options have been found to contain glyphosate, a herbicide that is sprayed on crops. So, when you’re choosing your milk, make sure you choose one that’s free of glyphosate.

High Sugar Content

If you’re buying your milk commercially, then look out for added sugar, especially if the milk is sweetened or flavored.


This milk may still contain gluten, so if you’re sensitive then make sure you choose an option that’s certified 100% gluten-free.

Low Nutritional Content

If you’re making your oat milk at home, be aware that it won’t be as nutritious as store-bought options, which are fortified with nutrients. The low nutritional content in this milk means that it shouldn’t be given to children as a replacement for breast or cow’s milk.

The Growing Popularity of Oat Milk

Not so long ago, nobody had heard of oat milk. It was just one of many options that were introduced as more people looked for non-dairy milk alternatives. But lately, it has been gaining in popularity.

This milk alternative is popular because it doesn’t have the nutty taste of other kinds of milk like almond or macadamia. It’s ideal for use in coffee shops as it’s creamy and steams well. It’s also simple to make if you’re on a budget and want to try making some at home.

How to Make Oat Milk

Oat milk is easy to make and making it at home means you can add extra ingredients according to your tastes or nutritional needs. Here’s what you need:An image of two people making oat milk with a hand blender


  • One (1) cup rolled or steel-cut oats
  • Three (3) cups of water


  • Blend ingredients thoroughly.
  • Pour the mixture through a cheesecloth to separate the milk from the oats.
  • Store the milk in a glass bottle in the fridge for up to five days.

You can add a little extra flavor with a teaspoon of vanilla, some honey, a few dates, or some maple syrup.

Oat Milk and Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (AFS)

The Inflammation Circuit is often badly unbalanced when you have AFS. It includes the gut, the microbiome or bacterial balance in your body, and your immune system. When you have AFS, these three components will cause rampant inflammation, an overgrowth of bad bacteria, and a range of gut problems and symptoms that will further raise your stress levels, worsen your adrenal fatigue and make your life very difficult and uncomfortable. Imbalances in this circuit can also be very dangerous because of the link between chronic inflammation and cancer, heart disease, and other life-threatening problems.

Making the change to oat milk may help alleviate some of these issues by reducing or eliminating the symptoms and problems associated with lactose intolerance. Lactose is a sugar found in cow’s milk and around 75% of the world’s population struggle to fully digest it. Lactose intolerance causes symptoms like gas, bloating, and diarrhea after ingesting dairy products.

When you have AFS, you’re more likely to experience more severe symptoms associated with lactose intolerance because of your Inflammation Circuit imbalance. This will affect:

The Gut

If you’re lactose intolerant, your gut doesn’t make enough lactase to break down the cow’s milk. This will cause unpleasant symptoms and cause your gut health to decline.

The Microbiome

Poor gut health will affect the microbiome, further changing the balance of bacteria in your body. If your microbiome is already unhealthy because of AFS and Inflammation Circuit imbalances, this will make the problem worse.

The Immune System

Lactose intolerance isn’t an allergy, so it won’t directly affect the immune system. However, the symptoms of intolerance may cause further activation of the immune system and more inflammation which will worsen Inflammation Circuit imbalances.

Drinking oat milk instead of cow’s milk will help to eliminate all of these issues. It doesn’t contain lactose or common allergens, so it’s an easy way to have milk in your coffee while not worsening balances in the Inflammation Circuit and your AFS overall.

A Warning for AFS Sufferers

When you have AFS, you must not cause your body any additional stress. Your body is already overwhelmed with stress and strain and oversensitive to any extra pressure. That’s why you need to be extremely careful when you make changes to your routine, even seemingly harmless changes.

AFS often causes the body to become sensitive or even allergic to things that usually aren’t a problem. This can occur as a result of immune system overexcitation and imbalances in the Inflammation Circuit. So, if you add something new to your diet such as oat milk, there is a higher risk that your body will react badly to it, causing additional stress and further imbalance in the Inflammation Circuit.

To avoid this, you need to make dietary changes carefully and with the supervision of a medication practitioner who’s an expert in dealing with adrenal fatigue. And when you’re making the change to this new type of milk, stop if you notice any adverse changes in your body.


The media is always talking about this miracle food and that. The truth is that foods can interact with everyone’s body differently, so you should be careful when making any change. However, if you’re thinking of making the change to oat milk, the health benefits might make it worth the effort. Here’s how to do it safely:

  1. An image of a woman holding a cup of oat milkTry introducing oat milk slowly and stop if you notice any adverse effects.
  2. If you’re buying this milk, then look out for extra sugar, gluten, and glyphosates to avoid any associated health problems.
  3. Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns or problems.

If you would like to get additional information about the benefits of oat milk, the team at Dr. Lam Coaching can help. We offer a free** no-obligation phone consultation at +1-626-571-1234 where we will privately discuss your symptoms and various appropriate choices. You can also send us a question through our Ask The Doctor system by clicking here.

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