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Aaron Rodgers removed dairy products from his diet because of his ‘irritable bowels’

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That stinks.

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Originally from California, Aaron Rodgers has embraced everything that comes with being a Wisconsinite since he joined the Packers. One thing that didn’t translate well, however, was the diets of people in Wisconsin.

Rodgers removed dairy products from his diet over a year ago. Now we know it’s because, like bad news, his body didn’t take it well.

“I wanted to really ingrain myself in the culture and the people,” he told ESPN’s Jason Wilde. “And I apologize about having an allergy to dairy products that gives me some irritable bowels. But other than that, I mean, I’ve embraced just about everything else Wisconsin — especially when it comes to sports, but also the people and the interactions with our fans.”

When you hear “irritable bowels,” most of us automatically assume poop. However, the Mayo Clinic suggests that it could be several things:

  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • A bloated feeling
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea or constipation — sometimes alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea
  • Mucus in the stool

Rodgers seems to have a good life. He’s one of the best players in the NFL. He’s got a Super Bowl title, is a two-time MVP, and is adored by an entire state.

But man, having to worry about any of the above because of a dairy allergy stinks (no pun intended).

Rodgers is one of the most crafty quarterbacks of all time, but he can’t enjoy a slice of pizza or some ice cream without worrying about the ramifications. I’m not sure if I’d be willing to give up the privilege of being able to enjoy a delicious slice of pizza for that.

Hopefully Rodgers is able to find some substitutes that are easier on him, but at least it’s helping him stay in shape.