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Signs Of Dairy Intolerance
Can't digest lactose: Milk has lactose as it's sugar. Milk is a complete food for baby mammals, so it has fat, protein, sugar, etc... Most people don't have as much "lactase" enzyme as they get older, but some people start losing their enzyme in childhood. Certain racial groups don't lose it. Without the enzyme, the lactose sugar is digested by the intestinal bacteria, so leads to gassiness, cramps, and some diarrhea. ...Read more
Foods/supplements: Many different dairy alternatives are fortified with calcium and /or vitamin d which include: soy milk and orange juice. Additionally you should speak with your doctor about taking vitamin d and/ or calcium supplements if you need them. A good calcium supplement comes in the form of tums, for example. Again, please discuss with your doctor. Also see a nutritionist. ...Read more
Lactase-treated…: Milk (lactaid, dairy ease) or lactose-free cheese, yogurt, ice cream should present no problems. Using lactase enzyme tablets (lactaid, dairy ease) before dairy products will break down milk sugar that causes problems. Enjoy your dairy products as good sources of calcium. ...Read more
Symptoms and test: Dairy reactions can be lactose iintolerance (milk sugar) with symptoms limited to GI tract like crampy abdominal pain, gassiness and diarrhea. Milk skin test is negative. Milk allergy (to milk protein) may have GI symptoms but also rash, hives, swelling, or even anaphylaxis. Milk skin test will be positive. ...Read more
Hello, can lactose intolerance happen suddenly, like in your late thirties after having very little problems with dairy before?
Wait for test result: It can be frustrating if you are determined to be lactose intolerant...But today there are many pills (founf over the counter in drug store or many markets) you can take before eating dairy to prevent most symptoms(as long as you don't go overboard) and there are many tasty lactaid products...Milk..Cheeses ice cream..Just check out your local supermarket. ...Read more
Allergy not just GI: Dairy intolerance is caused by an inability to digest milk sugar lactose into two simpler sugars. This results in gas, cramps, bloating, flatulence & diarrhea. Dairy allergy may cause these same symptoms but typically also causes vomiting, skin rashes like hives or eczema & even triggers allergic rhinitis & asthma. If symptoms all GI try lactose-free milk. You'll have no symptoms if intolerant. ...Read more
If I am trying to cut out dairy for skin and lactose intolerance reasons, should I cut it out completely or just majorly cut back?
Confusing statement: Lactose intolerance is an issue you can separate from dairy. Total exclusion is often unnecessary unless you have a dairy sensitivity (hives, skin test positive, elevated IgA to bovine protein). Low lactose products like yogurt and cheddar cheese are often tolerated by lactose sensitive persons. There is controversy over the influence of dairy on skin with many discounting the idea. ...Read more
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