What It Is
Lactose intolerance is an extremely common condition that is the inability of the body to digest milk sugar. If a person with lactose intolerance drinks milk or eats or drinks any dairy product, it will cause gas, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Many people that are lactose intolerant find that stress makes it worse and so it is thought that there may be a connection between lactose intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome but no studies have been done to prove this yet.
What Causes It
Lactose intolerance is caused by a deficiency in the enzyme lactase. Lactase splits lactose into glucose and galactose to be digested. When this doesn’t happen, the lactose remains undigested, holds in fluid and starts to ferment in the colon. This fermentation causes the gas, diarrhea and abdominal cramps that are characteristic of this condition.
Natural remedies and therapies that may lead to improved health:
*Meditation and deep breathing can reduce stress which may be a factor in lactose intolerance discomfort.
*Read labels! Many foods and prescription medicines contain lactose.
*Include yogurt in your diet but avoid all other dairy products.
*Eat extra foods that have calcium in them or take supplements.
*LactAid provides enzyme lactase if taken before eating dairy products to prevent discomfort.
*Chamomile tea can help relax you during an acute attack.
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