Dairy Intolerance By Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC

Remember the “Got Milk” days? Most likely, you’ve got milk if you have kids, and many kids and adults have a dairy intolerance.

When I was growing up, I visited the dairy barn with my mom every week for fresh milk. It tasted so good in a bowl of cereal or my favorite chilled glass. Drinking milk with every meal was a habit in my house. Other dairy foods that we enjoyed as young children were ice cream, pudding, and cottage cheese. 

Milk and other dairy products were part of my childhood, but as I got older, I started to get symptoms that indicated I could not digest lactose well. I realized lactose intolerance is common in many people. The first thing I tried was lactose-free milk; it helped to a point. In college, I even carried lactate drops with me to the ice cream place to eat the ice cream without feeling sick. But it did not help. 

When I started working in nutrition and learning about proteins that affect our health poorly, lactose, the dairy protein seemed to be the number one problem. And I began to wonder if some symptoms I had as a young child and teen were from dairy intolerance. 

So what is Lactose? Lactose is merely the natural sugar found in milk and dairy. Lactose comprises two simple sugars and creates a molecule too large to be absorbed by the small intestine. Most of us are born with an enzyme produced in our small intestine called lactase, but when we are low in lactase production, this causes lactose intolerance. 

The symptoms of lactose intolerance are a prime example of What Is Negative With Dairy! Bloating, gas, reflux, constipation, or diarrhea are classic symptoms of lactose intolerance. Other symptoms can be acne, eczema, brain fog, hives, sinus congestion, ear infections, and more. 

Casein and whey are both proteins found in dairy and affect each of us differently. Casein contains A1 beta, which has been linked to type 1 diabetes, heart disease, autism, inflammation, and digestive problems. Popular alternatives to cow’s milk are sheep and goat milk, which contain casein but far less than cow milk, making them much easier to digest. Cow milk also contains whey protein which is considered a very sharp contrast to casein due to being easier to absorb to some people. Whey is usually recommended for infant formula and is often found in nutritional supplements.

Contact our clinic to help you know for sure if there is a dairy intolerance or any other food intolerance. We believe in only eating the foods your body is okay with to have the best health and wellness.

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References: mygenefood.com healthyeating.sfgate.com