How To Figure Out If You Are Lactose Intolerant
Being lactose intolerant basically means that you have an inability to process lactose in your body. Usually our body produces an enzyme called lactase that helps us process the lactose we take in. Due to this inability you could experience things like gastrointestinal issues blasted stomach etc. But keep in mind that just because you have those symptoms does not mean you have an inability to provide the lactase needed. I’ll talk to you about it in more detail later. Also keep in mind that just because you don’t display these symptoms too much doesn’t mean you could not be having an issue as you see some people produce the enzyme to a certain extent but just not enough to keep up with your daily intake.
Now when it comes to symptoms for dairy intolerance you need to first check and see that you actually have gastrointestinal issues. I say this as some minor discomfort can be caused simply because of the normal food that we intake so you need to be certain that what you are experiencing is something which is more than the ordinary. So be certain that it is something serious before proceeding. For this purpose you need to connect a small experiment which is called a diet elimination test to decide if you actually have an issue with dairy products. To do this you need to have two morning meals on two separate days. Make sure that one you eat normally with lactose inclusive products and the other you eat without any lactose at all. Some products may contain small quantities so check to make sure before you eat.
Now, you should be seeing signs in the first two hours or so. If you are fine after the one without lactose inclusive products then you probably don’t have dairy intolerance. However if you are feeling bad in terms of experiencing gastrointestinal issues and bloated stomach then the issue probably lies elsewhere. Or could be that you are suffering from a mother condition such as colon disease or irritable bowel syndrome. Like I said those symptoms could be pointing to another condition altogether.
In addition to that some people are simply allergic to fresh cow milk and it could be that could be causing you discomfort. All in all if you have discomfort after both meals you should visit a doctor to understand what you have. It is on your best interests to go as soon as possible and get it fixed.