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How to Reduce Lactose Intolerance Symptoms

By Jane Scott

Chances are you or someone you know suffers from lactose intolerance symptoms. A simple slice of cheese or a morning bowl of cereal can ignite severe lactose intolerance symptoms. There is a way to live free of these symptoms. While there is no cure for lactose intolerance you can make choices which will protect you from its symptoms.

Lactose is a natural sugar that is found in most dairy products like milk, butter or cheese. Any food item which uses one of these in its preparation will also contain lactose. Ice cream, yogurt and even some canned soups can contain milk products and when consumed mean the onset of terrible cramping or loose stools.

The body, when functioning properly, makes an enzyme in the small intestine. This enzyme called, lactase, is what is necessary for proper digestion of lactose. When the enzyme is not present or the body doesn’t make enough of it the eater suffers lactose intolerance symptoms as the body has so much trouble trying to pass it on through the digestive system. When lactose reaches the colon without being digested correctly the symptoms begin. It may begin with stomach cramps, gas or diarrhea. Some people have a little nausea while others begin to throw up.

The most effective way to avoid lactose intolerance symptoms is to avoid products which contain lactose. Lactose is found mostly in dairy products. However, dairy products may be difficult to completely avoid. But with some careful planning there are plenty of replacements. Calcium and other key nutrients found in dairy products are also available in a wide variety of other foods. The diet does not have to be lacking just because the body cannot handle lactose.

There are several newer products which can be substituted for dairy products. These are either reduced lactose or entirely lactose free. Soy products are a good substitution. There are regular and flavored soy milks that can be used just like you normally use cow or goat milk products. Brands of milk made from almonds are also widely available. You do not have to go without your morning cereal; the method just needs to be changed a little bit.

One of the main nutrients supplied by dairy products is calcium. There are many dairy free items by which you can still get what is needed. Almonds, kale, turnip and collard greens, and okra contain lots of calcium. Many soy products and cereals are now being fortified with calcium.

You can live free from lactose intolerance symptoms and still enjoy some of your favorite foods.

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