What is it?
Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose, the main carbohydrate or sugar found in milk, and in dairy products made from milk, including yoghurt, ice cream, soft cheeses and butter. Lactose intolerance is not an allergic reaction and the symptoms are rarely serious.
What are the symptoms?
The signs and symptoms of lactose intolerance usually begin 30 minutes to two hours after eating or drinking foods that contain lactose. Common signs and symptoms include: * Diarrhea * Nausea, and sometimes, vomiting * Abdominal cramps * Bloating * Gas
- Cocoa powder is known to aid in the digestion of lactose
- Sardines are an excellent calcium source and are good for people who cannot consume milk and dairy products. Other foods that are rich in calcium include salmon, dark green leafy vegetables, sesame seeds and dried apricots.
- Chocolate contains calcium which is easily absorbed and people with lactose intolerance will be able to tolerate it better than regular milk.
- Hard cheeses have lower levels of lactose content than softer cheeses such as cottage and cream cheese.
- Drink soy milk.
- Yogurt contains active cultures that have high amounts of calcium and hence are beneficial for individuals with lactose intolerance.
- Saffron is an expensive herb that helps to eliminate toxins from the bloodstream. Saffron also helps in digestion and improving circulation to the digestive organs such as the spleen, liver and gallbladder.
- Chamomile is a beneficial natural treatment for lactose intolerance, so drinking chamomile tea will be helpful.
- Ginger helps to soothe pain and cramps arising from digestive problems.
- Don’t drink milk, as fresh milk has a high lactose content.
Things to watch out for
Lactose Intolerance can be controlled by avoiding intake of food and drink containing lactose. GP may refer you to a dietitian for further advice.