You wish you could
chow down on that super cheesy slice of pizza, or indulge with
your friends in an extra scoop of rocky road, but you know the
pain it will cause. You are not alone. According to the American
Association, nearly 50 million people across the country are lactose
intolerant. It is so prevalent, especially as you get older, that
most doctors don't even consider it a disorder at all.
If you are
wondering what exactly goes on in your body that makes you sick
after you eat dairy products, it’s a natural lack
of certain enzymes. Most people have the enzyme lactase in their
stomachs. Lactase breaks down the lactose that comes from dairy
products and turns it into energy. But without lactase, the stomach
know what to do with the lactose. So, the lactose just sits there
and causes gas, cramps and eventually diarrhea.
If you are lactose
intolerant, you are going to have to seriously cut back on milk,
cheese, yogurt, ice cream and other dairy products.
Know your limits and talk to your doctor about certain medicines
that might help your body digest dairy products. Most of all,
make sure to get enough calcium in your diet through a supplement
other sources including green leafy vegetables and calcium-fortified
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