10 Top Home Remedies For Lactose Intolerance
If you have a lactose intolerance you probably already know about the bloating, gas, and stomach pains that can come with it.
You get these symptoms when you eat dairy products because your body doesn’t know how to properly digest lactose, a type of sugar commonly found in dairy products. This is not the same as being allergic to dairy though.
This article will discuss some of the types of foods you should avoid as often as you can, and foods that if you eat them enough, can help to raise your tolerance of lactose.
The first three foods will be things that you shouldn’t eat, supplements that can help, and the last five will be foods that can help. Remember this as you read the article.
3 Natural Foods To Avoid If Your Are Lactose Intolerant
#1. Dairy Products
So, dairy is the food that is causing you the problem, so it’s best to avoid it as often as you can. If you do eat it, eat it in small amounts.
Sometimes even a lactose intolerant person can handle small amounts of dairy products. If you do choose to eat dairy products, make sure to eat it with something else. Eating dairy products alone can upset your stomach even more.
#2. High-Fat Dairy
Even in smaller amounts, some types of dairy products can still be harmful. Dairy products that are high in fat contain more lactose than dairy products that are lower in fat.
Foods to avoid would be ice cream, frozen yogurt, soft cheeses (cottage cheese, cream cheese), cream, and foods made with cream. However, hard cheese are okay to eat in some cases, but that will be discussed later in the article.
#3. Whey Protein Concentrate
When you buy foods that are pre-made, check the ingredient list for whey protein concentrate. This can have concentrated lactose in it that can negatively affect a person with a lactose intolerance, and even people without it as well.
7 Natural Foods To Eat If Your Are Lactose Intolerant
#1. Lactase Supplements
When you want to eat dairy, take a lactase supplement when you eat. You can find these in most stores without a prescription. Ask your doctor before trying these, as they may not be great for everyone. Follow the directions as listed on the box or bottle.
#2. Calcium Supplements
If you are lactose intolerant, then you are probably not getting enough calcium in your diet. Supplements can be bought almost anywhere. Other foods that are high in calcium are sardines, green leafy vegetables, tofu, nuts, and beans.
#3. Chocolate Milk
This one depends on your own personal body. For some people, chocolate milk is easy to digest than regular milk because there is something added to it. You should not drink much of this at a time, but it probably wouldn’t hurt if it was drunk as an occasional treat.
Even though yogurt is high in lactose, it also contains helpful bacteria that can help to digest it. Like the chocolate milk, you might not want to eat a lot of this at a time, but eating a little every once in a while probably wouldn’t hurt. This also depends on how your body works, as yogurts affects different people in different ways.
#5. Hard Cheese
If you like cheese, then you may still be able to eat it and it is one of the best home remedy for lactose intolerance. Certain types of cheeses are called ‘hard cheese’ and they don’t contain much lactose.
Some types of hard cheeses are colby, cheddar, and swiss cheese. The harder that the cheese is (the less spreadable the cheese is) the less lactose it has. It would be best to eat the cheese with something and not alone.
#6. Other Types of Milk
Although, not usually as tasty as cow’s milk, there are other types of milk that won’t affect a lactose intolerant person. Lactose-free milk, soy milk, rice milk, and almond milk are all good alternatives to dairy milk. Look for these easy natural home remedies the next time that you go shopping.
Cocoa can often help to digest lactose. You can make cocoa to drink by adding hot water to cocoa powder. When you do this you can try to eat some dairy products afterwards. Remember not to eat too much at a time though.
Hopefully you found this article helpful in helping you deal with lactose intolerance using simple foods that can be used as home remedies.