Last updated on Jun 23rd, 2021 at 04:09 pm

More people realise they may be lactose intolerant than ever

With dairy being considered an everyday food; lactose intolerant people are willing to cramp, constipate, and make frequent toilet runs instead of giving up creamy deliciousness of dairy. 

Ignoring lactose intolerance can cause longterm health issues; including leaky gut syndrome and possibly increase the risk of cancer in the digestive system. 

Luckily for lactose intolerant dairy lovers, staying away from dairy as it used to be.

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What does being lactose intolerant mean?

Being lactose intolerant isn’t the same as being allergic to dairy, although it is similar. 

People who are lactose intolerant cannot digest lactose, a sugar found in dairy.

This causes different digestive issues; cramping, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, bloating and other discomforts. 

If you experience discomfort after consuming dairy, you might be lactose intolerant. 

3 Unexpected signs you might be lactose intolerrent

 

Is there a medication you can take for lactose intolerance? 

Although there is no medication to reverse lactose intolerance there are lactase enzymes you can take or add to dairy products to help you digest lactose better. 

Although adding lactase enzymes to your dairy is a solution cutting down on dairy or cutting out altogether could be an even better solution.

Everyday supermarkets now carry lactose-free dairy products and dairy replacement products that are great for vegans too. 

Vegan friendly take-aways and resturants in South Africa

What happens when you ignore lactose intolerance?

Ignoring lactose intolerance may not seem like a huge health risk, but frequent inflammation and irritation can cause serious problems for your digestive system including leaky gut syndrome.

Having dairy when you are lactose intolerant can erode the lining of your intestines allowing partially digested food particles, toxins and bugs to penetrate your intestinal tissue and enter your bloodstream. This has been linked to cancer and other long-term health issues. 

Our favourite lactose-free foods

Changing your entire lifestyle and way of eating can be tough. But being lactose intolerant doesn’t mean you have to avoid all of your favourite foods completely. There are some very delicious alternatives to try, so you can still have your cheese sarmie for lunch, and yogurt with your muesli for breakfast.

Lactose-free doesn’t have to mean shopping in the vegan aisle anymore. 

Here are our favourite lactose-free dairy products. 

 

Source:

Mayoclinic.org

Health.harvard.edu

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