Natural Treatments For Lactose Intolerance

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If you are not suffering from lactose intolerance yourself, you may know someone who is. It seems that this illness has become more popular in the past 10 years. If you are unsure of exactly what it is, here is a synopsis of this uncomfortable condition.

 

What is Lactose Intolerance and What Causes it?

In simple terms, lactose intolerance is where people cannot digest lactose, or milk, as well as the sugar that is in milk. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) says that the cause is because the person’s body doesn’t have enough lactase which is the enzyme that metabolizes the lactose in the small intestines.

The NIH states that by the time people reach the age of 20 more than 30 million people will be lactose intolerant. You can develop intolerance to lactose at any time in your life. Even though you may be intolerant of lactose it is not a milk allergy. You could find that you are predisposed to being lactose intolerant because of genetics or it could come about because of an injury or illness in the small intestine.

 

What are the Symptoms of Lactose Intolerance?

Symptoms can appear after consuming a large quantity of milk products or a small amount of dairy, either one will show signs of the disease. The symptoms that you get because of lactose intolerance include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and a bloated stomach

For most people, the first thing they do to treat their lactose intolerance is to stay away from milk and dairy products. Besides milk, they need to stay away from cereals, cream soups, and non-dairy creamers. Here are some additional ways you can treat your lactose intolerance naturally to keep yourself feeing well on a consistent basis.

 

1. Lemon juice

Lemon juice is an effective treatment for an upset stomach you may have from your lactose intolerance. Take the juice of one fresh lemon and add it to a glass of warm water. Add a little organic honey and mix together; drink it before your meals.

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