If you experience bloating, gas or diarrhea after consuming dairy products, you may be lactose intolerant . This uncomfortable condition arises from a deficiency of lactase, an enzyme that is produced in the small intestine.
This complex digestive problem is not treatable, and while eliminating dairy from your diet may seem like the most obvious remedy, the following 5 corrective measures can help you deal with lactose intolerance naturally.
5 corrective actions
It is believed that people over 30 years old should avoid milk.
With age, the human body allegedly loses its ability to break down milk sugar (lactose). Therefore, having drunk a glass of milk, you risk getting an upset stomach. Indeed, in some people, milk can cause flatulence, bloating and stomach pains, diarrhea. However, milk sugar intolerance is a genetic trait that has nothing to do with age. This means that those who drank milk with pleasure in childhood should not give up their favorite drink over the years. But even if milk is contraindicated for you, do not exclude dairy products from the diet - you can drink kefir, fermented baked milk, yogurt, eat cottage cheese and cheese without any health risk. Milk is rich in potassium, and this trace element strengthens the walls of blood vessels and improves heart function. In addition, milk can lower blood pressure, and therefore hypertensive patients are advised to eat as much dairy products as possible. Iron, iodine, cobalt, manganese, magnesium, selenium, zinc - sulfates, oxides The use of kefir (up to 0.5 l per day) leads to an improvement in metabolism, rapid elimination of toxins and accumulated metabolic products from the body, improves cardio work -vascular system, liver, kidneys and other internal organs of a person. In general, kefir is said to be a miracle cure for maintaining health and longevity. And what is interesting - milk is harmful for many people, but kefir is good for everyone!
Fermented milk products are dairy products of high biological value. The stomach needs to work for 2 hours to turn milk into kefir. They are obtained by fermenting milk with special ferments containing lactic acid bacteria, acidophilus sticks, bifidum bacteria, kefir fungi (depending on the type of product). Fermented milk products are especially useful for children. They have a beneficial effect on the digestive processes, stimulating the production of digestive juices and bile. All lactic acid products have an antimicrobial effect, since in the process of fermentation of milk, lactic acid accumulates in it, which delays the development of putrefactive microflora in the intestines. Lactic acid bacteria used for the preparation of starter cultures, in addition, produce bactericidal substances that suppress the growth of many pathogenic bacteria (dysentery, Escherichia coli, Salmonella, etc.). Fermented milk products are easily digested and assimilated even by very young children, as milk proteins in an acidic medium coagulate in the form of small delicate flakes, which are freely saturated with digestive juices and are easily broken down by enzymes of the gastrointestinal tract. In addition, during the life of lactic acid microorganisms and yeast cells form vitamins, mainly B vitamins.
It can manifest itself at any time, including in adulthood. 48% of Russians are prone to lactose intolerance.
Often people live for years with lactose intolerance and do not even know about it, although they feel its symptoms every day. They think that the products were stale or they are sinning for dysbiosis. And many people don’t think about it at all. Sometimes you don’t drink milk, but you don’t think that lactose is found in many products: cookies, chocolate, bread, ham, sausage, sauces, salad dressings, chips, crackers, margarine , muesli, sausages, instant coffee, instant soups and even alcohol (some types of liquor). The milk was removed, but the discomfort remained.
The leader in lactose content is breast milk. Mother nature is brilliant. She made sure that the mother could feed the baby. Therefore, almost all of us are born with the ability to digest lactose. So at what point does everything "break down"? When it's time to switch to a regular diet, the body reduces the production of enzymes that digest lactose. One of them is lactase (lactase, not to be confused with lactose). This is how the first type of lactose intolerance is formed. Primary intolerance occurs due to a decrease in the amount of lactase with age. This is the most common type of intolerance. Often occurs in a child when breastfeeding ends. Secondary intolerance can occur due to gastrointestinal diseases, as a result of intestinal infections or intestinal inflammation.
What happens if you drink milk with lactose intolerance?
You drank milk, it got into the intestines. Your digestive tract begins to digest it in order to take the best from milk. For this, lactase is also used.
If there is little or no lactase in the small intestine, a lot of undigested lactose is collected in the intestine. To remove it, the body sends water to the intestines. This leads to loose stools (diarrhea). As soon as the lactose in water reaches your colon, bacteria that are in your intestines immediately join them. Together they form fatty acids and gas. This causes pain, rumbling, bloating, and gas. This condition is called lactose intolerance (lactase deficiency, LN). At the same time, all the useful things that you ate and drank do not have time to be absorbed and comes out along with diarrhea. Let us recall the water that the body sent to remove lactose. Water should have remained in the body, but you have lost it. This can lead to dehydration.
Everyone reacts differently to lactose. Someone can drink milk in liters, someone can eat porridge in milk. And someone gets sick from a sandwich with a doctor's sausage. Depending on how your body responds to lactose, you may have: √ good lactose tolerance ○ medium (variable) lactose tolerance ✘ lactose intolerance