According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 65 per cent of the human population suffers from it after infancy, developing the reduced ability to digest lactose.
Defined by The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (USA) as “a condition in which you have digestive symptoms – such as bloating, diarrhoea and gas – after you consume foods or drinks that contain lactose,” the condition is more of a discomfort than a real reaction from our nervous system.
For the unaware, lactose intolerance can be triggered by any of the following:
- Milk by-products
- Dry milk solids
- Non-fat dry milk powder
Meanwhile, below are some of its possible causes:
Ageing: One of the most common causes of lactose intolerance is ageing, since it’s a factor in the decreased production of the enzyme lactase.
Genetics: Although documentation on it is rare, lactose intolerance can sometimes be congenital. Furthermore, the condition seems to run in families, with specific ethnic groups more predisposed than others.
Stress and illness: There are cases where lactose intolerance can stem from an illness or even a surgery. Common conditions and diseases can also be a culprit behind lactose intolerance, as well as constant stress and exhaustion.
Lactose intolerance manifests in a variety of signs and symptoms that are listed below:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach pain and cramping
- Stomach bloating and swelling in the abdomen
- Headaches or migraines
Usually, these warning signs or symptoms appear anywhere between 30 minutes to two hours after one consumes a dairy product and usually ranges from mild to severe. If the tolerance has been on-going, you may also experience other issues.
Here are some ways you can help treat your lactose intolerance:
- Try goat milk
- Try organic fermented dairy
- Use supplements with probiotics
- Take digestive enzymes that have lactase
- Add foods with Vitamin K in your diet
- Stack up on good rich with calcium
- Use coconut oil for cooking
- Add bone broth
- Use ghee instead of butter.
Source: Medical Daily