Lactose intolerance is one of the most common food intolerance's that affects up to 65% of the world’s adult population. Individuals who suffer with the condition choose to completely cut dairy products from their diet as a way to avoid the gastrointestinal symptoms that frequently come along with eating dairy foods.
Is lactose intolerance really the cause of digestive distress when eating a dairy food? And are many individuals eliminating dairy from their diet because of a perceived inability to digest milk products? And lastly, is it possible to naturally cure lactose intolerance?
What Is Lactose Intolerance
According to the United States National Library of Medicine (NIH), lactose intolerance is an impaired ability to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and other dairy products (with the exception of fermented milk products).
The mucus membrane of the small intestine produces an enzyme called lactase, which acts on lactose to split it into glucose and galactose, so that your body can absorb it.
Adults have lactose intolerance and infants have it is congenital lactase deficiency, also called congenital alactasia, according to the NIH.
Most affected individuals have difficulty digesting fresh milk but can eat fermented dairy products, like cheese, yogurt and kefir without any digestive discomfort.
Lactose intolerance in infants is said to be caused by mutations in the lactase gene (LCT). The LCT gene provides instructions for making the lactase enzyme.
Scientists think that congenital lactase deficiency is a mutation that interferes with the function of lactase, causing affected infants to have a severely impaired ability to digest lactose in breast milk or formula.
Symptoms of Lactose Intolerance
Common symptoms of lactose intolerance include:
- bloating/swelling in the abdomen
- abdominal pain/cramping
- nausea, vomiting
- headaches or migraines
Can lactose intolerance be cured? The National Health Serves (NHS) states there is no cure for lactose intolerance. And that most people are able to control their symptoms by making changes to their diet. But as the NHS says there is no cure, is that really so?
How To Naturally Cure Lactose Intolerance
Scientific studies such as these have shown that it can:
- Effects of yogurt and bifidobacteria supplementation on the colonic microbiota in lactose-intolerant subjects
- Probiotics--compensation for lactase insufficiency
- The role of colonic microbiota in lactose intolerance
These studies have shown that supplementation with probiotics, in addition to consuming fermented yogurt and kefir can alleviate symptoms of lactose intolerance by modifying the microbiota in the colon.
Over time, these effects can lead to greater lactase content in the gut, improved lactose digestion, and the elimination of intolerance symptoms.
One bacteria to foucus on is bifidobacterium longum, a strain that has been shown to efficiently metabolize lactose. How do you get this strain of bacteria into your gut, with Jarro-Dophilus.
Jarro-Dophilus is a stable at room temperature supplement that has a enteric coating delivery system. This means that it protects the bacteria while in transit through the stomach’s acidic environment.
Bifidobacterium longum is beneficial for:
- GI Tract
- Gut Microbiota
- Improves Intestinal Inflammation
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS)
Furthermore, the supplement has clinically shown to not only have a positive influence on the intestinal microflora, but also on the body's immune response.
Jarro-Dophilus EPS also contains three other bacteria strains that are beneficial for digestive health, and they include:
Curing The Intolerance With Magnesium And Enzymes
It is worthy noting that in people with lactose intolerance as well as Celiac, Crohn’s disease, and IBS are magnesium deficient.
Eating foods high in magnesium, such as dark leafy greens, tree nuts, seeds (pumpkin or sunflower), fish, dry beans or legumes, avocados, yogurt, bananas, dried fruit, and dark chocolate among other foods can help increase your magnesium intake.
Supplementing with magnesium chloride the bio-available form of magnesium for the body can also help you to get your recommended daily allowance, which is 400 mg for men or 350 mg for women.
According to a study published in the Alternative Medicine Review by Mario Roxas, ND, supplementing with a lactase enzyme can help breakdown fats, carbohydrates (lactose in dairy is a carb), and proteins, and therefore assist the digestive function of the body (Get Your Lactase Enzyme supplement by linking here).