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Lactose Intolerance Symptoms

Lactose intolerance symptoms can range from stomach pain, gas, gurgling sounds, bloating and even nasal congestion in my experience.  And it's the absolute worse!  

Depending on the form say cheese or milk, these symptoms could occur immediately or much later when my body is trying to break it down it even more.  

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What is Lactose Intolerance?

Lactose intolerance is when the body has a hard time breaking down lactose, which is typically found in dairy products such as cheese, milk, and ice cream. 

It's also in some people's favorite holiday drink such as egg nog. Boo! No fun! 

Be very careful because it can also show up in certain foods or your favorites snacks as an ingredient which is why it's important to always check the label.  

When one experience lactose intolerance symptoms,  it means that he/she is lacking the enzyme lactase which is needed to break down lactose.  The lack of enzymes can be due to many things including age which is something that I certainly can relate to. 

When an enzyme is not present, this can cause a lot of stomach pain and at times, this can be difficult to pinpoint especially if one does not suspect this to be the root of his/her pain. 

Solutions for Lactose Intolerance Symptoms

Here are a few solutions that I tend to use which helps with stomach pain due to lactose intolerance symptoms:

  • avoid/limit dairy intake -- this also means when purchasing food items to look at the ingredients to ensure that there is no dairy listed --my body does so well when doing this solution. 
  • choose a product that has lactase 
  • take a digestive enzyme-- I take an enzyme that breaks down lactase (I think pretty much all enzymes contains this but definitely check the label)
  • take an expectorant -- an intolerance is often followed by inflammation which ultimately produces a ton of mucus in the body so at times I will take expectorant to thin the mucus. 
  • drink lots of water -- this helps flush the body and especially with moving things down the gastrointestinal tract. So crucial! 

  • I just tried this and it works pretty well....try a lactose enzyme like Lactaid.  OMG!  Amazing.  I'm not sure why I'm just discovering it but it works pretty well.  Love it! 

Alternatives to Combat Lactose Intolerance Symptoms

If someone is trying to stay away from lactose, one can always choose the lactase version which contains the enzyme, lactase for easier digestion.  

Other options are also soy, rice, almond and coconut to name a few.  

When looking for alternative, it's always best to do research.  It will also require some trial and error to determine which alternative will work best.  

Good luck on your search and for a happier tummy! 

I hope this information has helped you.  Please comment and share if it has. xo, V❤️

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