Lactose is a type of sugar found in milk and other dairy products.
Lactose intolerance occurs when the intestine does not produce enough lactase enzyme which digests the lactose
Some diseases can cause this insufficient production of lactase as gastroenteritis, or viral or bacterial infections may also manifest after intestinal surgery.
Among the most common symptoms include:
- Abdominal cramps
- Weight Loss
- Slow growth (in children)
- Foul-smelling stools
- It is a dangerous disease, but caution is necessary, especially in the case of children, because if the milk definitely is deleted in the diet can cause a shortage of calcium, vitamin D, riboflavin and protein.
- Lactose Intolerance Remedy # 1 Boil the milk will take and add a pinch of salt.
- Lactose Intolerance Remedy # 2 Eat ½ cup plain yogurt with 2 tablespoons maple syrup or maple syrup.
- Determining the degree of lactose intolerance. The degree of intolerance is different for each person (some feel disorders with only drink a quarter cup of milk and after drinking about a liter).
- To determine how much can be taken before symptoms appear, do not drink any milk products and lactose for about three or four weeks so as to remove all of the lactose system. Then you must start with very small amounts of milk or cheese. Attention should be paid to the symptoms to see how much or how little amount of dairy products can be handled.
- Acquire calcium from other sources. Calcium is important for the body and if you reduce the consumption of milk and other dairy products, is necessary to supplement the diet with substitutes such as sardines, oysters, salmon, tofu, spinach, kale, turnip greens, cabbage or broccoli. Calcium supplements are another possibility, like Lactaid lactase enzyme, lactose pills or milk.
- Do not drink plain milk. Symptoms usually diminish and even, in some cases, may disappear if the milk is consumed in conjunction with other foods (fruits, etc.)..
- Eat hard cheeses. Swiss and aged cheeses like Swiss and Extra Sharp Cheddar contain little lactose and therefore produce less intolerance.
- Be careful with medications and some foods prepared or processed. The lactose may be hidden in some drugs or prepared foods such as cereals, pancakes, chocolate, soups, puddings, salad dressings, sherbet, instant cocoa, candy, frozen dinners, and mixes for biscuits. Although the amounts of lactose may be small, this may annoy people with low levels of tolerance.
- Therefore, we suggest reading the labels and look not only milk but also if they contain whey, curds, milk byproducts, dry milk solids, powdered nonfat dry milk, casein, galactose, skim milk powder, milk sugar, and whey protein concentrate, as all these words indicate the presence of lactose. Hence the importance to prefer fresh foods, and avoid canned and frozen foods.
- In the case of drugs, you should ask your doctor or pharmacist if the medicine contains lactose excipients.
- Take small portions. It may not be tolerated once every eight-ounce glass (240 milliliters) of milk. However, if you can drink a third cup in the morning, afternoon third, and third night, they can tolerate. This is due to fact that it is easier to eat less lactose in a longer time period.
- You agree to take a daily minimum amount of milk and gradually increase in order to improve the degree of tolerance and reduce symptoms if they reappear again.
- If you have not ingested lactose for a month, but still does not improve, it is necessary to consult a doctor as it could be another type of digestive system disorder such as irritable bowel syndrome, which produces symptoms similar to of lactose intolerance.