Nov 19, 2015
Natural treatment for Lactose Intolerance can offer simple and effective ways to soothe symptoms and improve digestion. Home remedies such as raw apple cider vinegar can pH balance the body, while fermented products like kimchi strengthen the digestive system.
What is Lactose Intolerance?
A fairly common condition, lactose intolerance refers to a disorder in which an individual is unable to fully digest the milk sugar, known as lactose, in dairy products. While not typically a dangerous condition, lactose intolerance is often uncomfortable. Most individuals are capable of managing symptoms with diet.
Lactose intolerance symptoms and signs often begin within 30 minutes to two hours of consumption of foods or drinks that contain lactose. While severity of lactose intolerance symptoms typically depends on the amount of lactose consumed, common symptoms include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps or spasms, stomach bloating and flatulence.
Home Remedies for Lactose Intolerance
Most individuals are able to manage the condition with home remedies for lactose intolerance as well as knowledgeable diet choices. Apple cider vinegar helps balance the body and can eradicate lactose intolerance. Additionally, coconut oil and fermented products like kimchi and sauerkraut have good bacteria in them that regulate the digestive system. Raw milk and probiotics are another option that balance the digestive system and may assist in regulating lactose intolerance. Simple avoidance of dairy products also offers relief from symptoms and prevents flares associated with lactose intolerance.
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Remedies for Lactose Intolerance
My husband has COMPLETELY gotten rid of his severe lactose intolerance by using one tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in his morning water every morning. He also adds a heaping 1/8th tsp baking soda to the ACV, then adds water. But I'm sure it's the ACV that has done the trick. He now eats ice cream and milk products with NO side effects. It's like a miracle. Note that you will need to be diligent with doing this, and give it several weeks before noticing any positive results.
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Posted by Caitlin (Austin, Tx) on 02/17/2013
I am not only lactose intolerant but also allegic to milk protein. It does not matter in what form milk comes (yogurt, cream, lactose milk, low fat or regular milk and cheeses), I get pain and swelling in my breasts, under-neck lymph glands, plus, nodules & a rash flare-up on my face, not to mention coughing with constant mucus when I lay down. This now explains why I had constant illnesses from colds to bronchitis, and a great tendancy to catch the flu bug when younger. Back then, I drank copious amounts of milk in hot & cold cereal, ice cream, and by the glassfulls! There's no telling what else milk did inside my body. In my teens, I had a benign tumor removed from within one of my two fibrous-filled breasts. In my 30's, I noticed that like clockwork, within 30 minutes of eating anything containing milk, my breasts ached and the fibrous tumer nodules in my breasts swelled even if the milk was hidden in something like cornbread or mexican food. With no knowledge of its cause, a younger me always ignored my painful breast swelling; so, it was/is not physchosomatic
Now in my 50s, my research has found that milk not only helps the body grown taller, it also expands cell growth in tumors. Dr. Weil has a simple article on it if anyone wants to begin their research: http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/id/QAA352296 . I now find that the ONLY way to totally avoid milk is to cook at home. Coconut milk and rice milk work just as well in pancakes as cow milk. However, ice cream tasts best when made with cow's milk and is therefore, a nemesis I constantly battle.
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Posted by Marylee (Newport, Ri) on 01/08/2012
I have been lactose intolerant for years. If I ate certain kinds of cheese, ice cream, yogurt or milk, I would have horrible stomach pain for hours the day after. For about 6 weeks, I have been taking 1-2 tsp of virgin coconut oil daily, and have noticed that my lactose intolerance symptoms have decreased by about 75 %. To test this theory, I ate more cheese in one day than I have ever been able to tolerate (nachos, cheesy bread, etc. ), and the next day - nothing! I have been quite a bit more liberal with my dairy intake, and if I have any discomfort at all, it's slight gas in my lower abdomen. I attribute this to the Virgin Coconut Oil, and hope it can help anyone else with this problem :)
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North Brunswick, Nj, Usa
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Posted by Katabatic (Seattle, Wa) on 01/01/2012
I was severely lactose intolerant for over 15 years. Even baked goods that had the tiniest bit of milk in them or medicine that had lactose added to it (why do they do that?! ) would make me violently ill. I had tried everything, including probiotics, and nothing helped.
Then, randomly about a year ago, and just cause I liked it, I started eating Korean kim chee everyday. My body was craving it! This went on for about 6 weeks. One day, I accidentally ate a sandwich that had laughing cow cheese on it instead of mayo. When I discovered what I'd eaten, I freaked out. But nothing bad happened. So I tried eating more dairy in small amounts and before long I could eat as much cheese-covered pizza as I wanted (maybe not the healthiest thing, though)!
I found out from a lactose intolerant friend in Germany that her doctor there told her to eat sauerkraut and drink the juice. Both sauerkraut and kim chee are made with fermented cabbage, which has lots of good bacteria in it. Neither of these smell great, but if you go for kim chee, just be aware that it's very spicy! And don't expect immediate results. It will take a few weeks for your body to accumulate the good bacteria. I notice that if I take anti-biotics, I need to start eating kim chee again or else my digestive system is quite unhappy. So keep that in mind, too.
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Posted by Bee (Anon, Usa) on 02/25/2010
Has anyone else seen the reports questioning lactose intolerance and suggesting people should just eat dairy anyways. Personally, I find that irresponsible and insulting. As someone who felt immense relief after realizing dairy was causing me problems, I find this troublesome. Some people who are lactose intolerant can tolerate a small amount, but for others even a tiny bit can cause immediate and very unpleasant symptoms. I find these reports troublesome. Obviously, whoever is doing this reporting is biased, probably in the dairy industry. They are using fear to try to get people eating more dairy, with disregard to the harm it can cause- telling people that without it your health and bones are at risk- which isn't true. One more reason to ignore mainstream media and doctors and do your own research.
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Posted by Rachel (Baytown, Tx) on 11/24/2009
I started buying raw milk a few months back (I do not like store bought milk, never have and never will, I try to never let my kids drink it either, cows milk is for calves, not humans!) Anyway, I found some raw milk locally and decided to give it a try. I also let my mother try it. She was lactose intolerant but went ahead and tried. To her surprise she could drink it without a problem!
So if you are lactose intolerant, try raw milk!
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Posted by Ed2010 (Canada) on 05/17/2014
There is a new product for Lactose Intolerance that cures completely in 1 to 2 months. It is a sulphur compound that heals the intestine and reactivates the lactase enzyme secretion to digest lactose in milk.
I never tried this product. Just passing the news. It is not a prescription medicine, it is natural health product available in Health Food Stores.
The product name is SULMEDOL.
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Kingston, Ontario, Canada