Treat Lactose Intolerance Naturally

Do you frequently have trouble with gas, bloating, and diarrhea after enjoying ice cream, milk, and other dairy products? You may be lactose intolerant. Being lactose intolerant means that your body is unable to process the sugars found in dairy products called lactose. It is not an allergy to milk. Common in adults, the severity of lactose intolerance varies from mild to severe, and is most common in Native Americans, Asians, Africans and South Americans. It runs in families and generally manifests in the teen and early adult years.

What are the symptoms of lactose intolerance?

The symptoms of lactose intolerance occur frequently after eating products containing lactose. Becoming ill once or twice after a glass of milk or bowl of ice cream does not indicate lactose intolerance.

  • Bloating
  • Cramps
  • A talkative, gurgling, or rumbling stomach
  • Gas
  • Loose stools or diarrhea
  • Vomitting

Can I prevent lactose intolerance?

Determine your level of intolerance by eliminating all dairy then slowly adding it back in.

  • Check the percentage of fat in your milk. Fat slows the passage of milk, giving your body more time to process the lactose and produce more lactase.
  • Try smaller servings to help your body digest.
  • Combine snacks; don’t have a glass of milk by itself enjoy it with a small meal.
  • Read labels. Lactose is in many foods that don’t seem to be dairy related.

 

How can I treat and cure lactose intolerance?

  • Add a little cocoa powder and sugar to your cup of milk. These ingredients help to slow digestion limiting the amount of lactose that enters your small intestine at one time.
  • Likewise, try chocolate milk instead of regular milk.
  • Eat sardines if you have to cut milk out of your diet. They’re high in calcium. Also try dark, leafy greens, nuts, and beans.
  • Choose hard cheese, such as cheddar and swiss, over soft cheeses like cream cheese. Harder cheeses have a lower lactose content.
  • Switch to Soy or Almond milk; they lack lactose entirely.
  • Eat yogurt but only yogurt with active cultures. The bacteria cultures in yogurt help to produce lactase.
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