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Milk Does a Body Good???

Do you often get a bellyache when you eat or drink foods containing milk? I'm sorry to say, but you may be lactose intolerant.

Lactose is the milk sugar in dairy products. Lactase is the enzyme in your body that breaks down the lactose.

Some people's bodies just don't produce enough of the enzyme to digest the amount of lactose they eat. So when they eat it, they can feel uncomfortable, gassy, bloated or get severe cramps, pains, or diarrhea.

If you think this info might apply to you, there's a simple breath test you can take at your doctor's office. Basically they give you a lactose-loaded beverage and then they monitor the amount of hydrogen in your breath. Don't bother getting the test if you already know how milk affects you.

What's the cure? Sorry folks - there is none. You can either avoid foods containing milk or take Lactaid pills. You can by them over-the counter and they contain the lactase enzyme. Just take a pill with your first bite of dairy-filled food - and you're good to go.

Fit's Tips: Costco sells Lactaid Fast Act Caplets, so if you use them everyday, you might as well buy them in bulk. (90 for $15.29)

Join The Conversation
cneums cneums 9 years
They say being lactose tolerant is an evolutionary step ;) The Lactaid milk is good too; you can make ice cream out of it at home. Saved my marriage as my husband cannot have any milk and I live off milk products.
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
Goat's milk si supposed to be easier to digest. It is expensive though.
JK-Boogie JK-Boogie 10 years
Goats Milk is very good for you better than cows milk
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 10 years
I drink the 2%. It doesn't bother me like the 4%.
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
My mom swears by these things.
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