How horrible is it to have to say no to ice cream on a hot Summer day? Unfortunately millions or Americans have to say no to ice cream, milk, yogurt, cheese and any foods containing dairy products because they're lactose intolerant. If you can't have milk, it's because your body doesn't produce the enzyme, lactase, to break down the milk sugar (lactose). So undigested lactose sits in your gut, and causes bloating, gas, and embarrassing trips to the bathroom within 30 minutes to two hours after eating anything containing milk.
So can your body ever grow out of lactose intolerance? To find out
The thing is, if your body reduces the amount of lactase enzyme it produces, then unfortunately it's not likely that regular production will suddenly start to kick in. So although growing out of it is unlikely and there is no cure for lactose intolerance, there are some ways around it. Some may find that if they gradually increase the amount of dairy products they eat, the bacteria in their colons may change and be better able to handle larger quantities. Other folks find that certain dairy products like cheese and yogurt are easier to digest than a glass of milk, and a little trial and error will help them figure out their personal limit. Eating dairy products with other foods may also make products containing milk more tolerable.
For most people though, their only options are to either eliminate dairy products altogether, or to take Lactaid supplements. These miracle pills contain the lactase enzyme your body lacks, so they allow you to eat all the dairy your little heart desires without the cramping or mortifying gas.