Symptoms of Lactose Intolerance

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Diet War - Beating Dairy Bloat

Do you feel like your tummy is fixing to sprout udders? You may be suffering from Dairy Bloat. 

Dairy Bloat can blow a tummy clean out of a pair jeans, and into a pair of black polyester pants in no time flat! 

First, that innocent glass of morning milk suddenly feels as if it has exploded inside of you. You watch your tummy grow like a sponge that has just hit a large puddle of yeast.

As time passes, your jeans tighten and when it's time to take a whiz, you find that you must lay on the bed to get the zipper back in place. Bummers. There's no time to change before heading off to work, so you race to the SUV and hit the road.

A short time later, you arrive at the office. The attractive belching phase takes hold at the exact moment your boss decides to make an appearance at your desk and there's not a dog in sight to blame it on.

Lactose Intolerance

If this sounds familiar, you may be suffering from Dairy Bloat, more commonly known as Lactose Intolerance. 

You may love dairy products, but they don't love you. They don't even like you.  Your body just isn't equipped to digest lactose. Therefore the lactose accumulates, and it goes downhill from there.

If you are dieting and have sliced your fat intake, you may notice a lactose uprising has suddenly sprung loose in your body. Foods that are high in fat slow up the digestion process, making the symptoms less pronounced in some individuals. 

Symptoms of Lactose Intolerance

Lactose intolerance can be severe, and at this point it's best to see the trusty family physician. Some of the warning symptoms of lactose intolerance include:

- abdominal cramping
- bloating
- diarrhea
- vomiting
- flatulence

If your lactose intolerance is mild, try some of the OTC (over-the-counter) lactase tablets whenever you consume dairy products. 

Lactose Intolerance, Tips That May Lessen Side Effects, Symptoms

Some other self-help preventative measures you can take include:

- How low can you go? Low lactose, that is. Opt for lactose-reduced dairy products.

- Experiment with your dairy products; weed out those that create the advanced dietary upset for you. Be sure and supplement your calcium intake to accommodate.

- Eat a bit of yogurt before eating other dairy products. The active cultures found in the yogurt aid in digesting the lactose.

- The hard cheeses, such as cheddar, are generally lower in lactose. Sour cream and buttermilk follow suit.

- Become friends with Soy.

If your lactose intolerance becomes annoying, seek professional advice to ensure that there isn't an underlying disorder. Remember - a stitch in time saves nine!


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