Lactose Intolerance

Lactose Intolerance

Dairy intolerance

Lactose intolerance is the condition where the body experiences difficulty breaking down lactose, the sugar or carbohydrate in dairy products. Lactose is present in most milk products from cows, sheep, buffalo and goats in varying amounts, as well as human breast milk.

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Our team of naturopaths are passionate about natural therapies as a way to holistically treat lactose intolerance. They have great results with a wide range of conditions.

Signs of lactose intolerance

Symptoms of lactose intolerance occur due to the body not having enough lactase to break down the lactose in the small intestine and so it travels to the colon where it is fermented by the natural bacteria present in the colon resulting in:

  • gas
  • bloating
  • distension
  • abdominal pain or discomfort
  • diarrhoea

Lactose intolerance test

The calcium in milk and milk products provides a lot of our daily calcium requirements. It is recommended to keep our bones and teeth strong as well as maintain healthy nerves and muscle tissue that we consume the following amounts of calcium each day -

  • 210-270 mg babies 0 to 12 months
  • 500-1300 mg children 1 to 18 years
  • 1000 mg for men and women,
  • 1300 mg for post-menopausal women,
  • 1100 mg for pregnant women and
  • 1120 mg for breastfeeding women

Before removing all milk and associated products from your diet find out conclusively if you are lactose intolerant with a lactose intolerance test. Find out more about lactose intolerance testing.

Lactose-free diet

There are many other non-dairy sources of calcium including:

  • green leafy vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, kale, bok choy, silver-beet
  • cucumber and celery
  • fish such as sardines or canned salmon (with bones)
  • calcium-fortified tofu, soy milk and soy milk products
  • chick-peas, white beans, black-eyed peas
  • almonds, dried figs or apricots
  • oranges
  • sesame seeds
  • seaweed

The experienced naturopaths at the Health Healing and Wellness Centre can custom cater a lactose-free diet plan specific to your needs.

For lactose intolerance advice, diet plans and testing contact our team on 07 3857 8887 or complete an appointment request today.

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    Tina has over 30 year’s clinical practice in natural therapies. As a practitioner in Naturopathy and Acupuncture, Tina has remarkable insight coupled with a caring nature and is a beacon of hope for those she serves.

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