Dairy and Digestion
It is an unfortunate fact of life that, seemingly overnight, your body develops issues when digesting dairy. Bloating, wind, cramps, and diarrhea are all very common symptoms of lactose intolerance.
Lactase and Lactose
Why do Lactase Levels Decrease?
People suffering from Primary Lactose Intolerance often have no reason for the decline of their lactase production- it simply reduces over time. These people may have a dairy ‘threshold’ where they can eat a certain amount before symptoms appear. Unfortunately, even this threshold often gradually decreases.
Secondary Lactose Intolerance occurs when injury, illness or surgery interrupts the lactase production of the small intestine. The good news is that production is often restored as the body heals.
Is There a Cure?
Eat smaller amounts of dairy however try not to eliminate it completely as this can make your lactose intolerance more severe.
Lactase enzyme supplements may help with dairy digestion. These can be found at your local pharmacy.