Being Lactose Intolerant
Did you know that human beings are the only animals on earth that feed another animal's milk to their offspring, and that we are the only animals that continue to drink milk throughout childhood and as adults?
Dairy products give an estimated 30 million to 50 million Americans gas, bloating, nausea, diarrhea and cramps.
This is not new...Hippocrates (460-370 B.C.) noted gastrointestinal upset and skin problems in some who consumed milk. However, it was only in the 20th century that the syndrome was more widely described by modern medical science. Lactose intolerance is by far the most common food sensitivity in America. It occurs when our bodies can not digest dairy products properly (the small intestines do not produce enough lactase, which is the enzyme that helps the body digest lactose, the sugar in milk products.)
Before the advent of dairy processing, most humans did not drink milk after being weaned ~ so it was not neccessary for the gastrointestinal system to produce lactase after childhood, which may be why most people with this food sensitivity develop symptoms as adults. The symptoms usually begin anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours after consuming milk or milk products and can include vomiting, abdominal pain, gases, distention and diarrhea. Often times, people who have never had problems develop lactose intolerance especially if it runs in the family. The best thing to do is modify your diet, avoid milk and learn to recognize what may trigger symptoms.
Here are some tips to managing lactose intolerance: