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Don't Let Dairy Intolerance Hamper Your Lifestyle


Tuesday, July 4th 2006

It is estimated that up to 75% of the world's population is lactose intolerant to some extent. This is not really surprising when we consider that humans are the only mammals on earth to continue to drink milk after weaning. People of developed Western nations consume vast quantities of dairy in products like milk, yogurt, cheese and ice cream and also in processed foods.

Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose (milk sugar) which is normally broken down by an enzyme called lactase. In all mammals including humans the production of lactase stops just after weaning.

Lactose intolerance increases with age. To many people, having alternating bouts of nausea, diarrhoea and constipation has become an everyday thing. But it is not normal.

It is interesting to note that the people of most Asian countries consume little or no dairy and suffer no calcium deficiency.

Lactose Intolerance

Dairy products contain varying amounts of lactose with milk, ice-cream and yoghurt containing significant amounts. Cheese does not contain lactose.

Normally all these dairy products are easily digested by the enzyme lactase in the small intestine. Lactase is found on the surface of the villi linking the small intestine. However, absence of lactase in the small intestine or damage from Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, gastric surgery or the use of antibiotics and other drugs can result in an inability to digest lactose.

If lactose reaches the large intestine (colon) then fermentation by bacteria occurs causing colic, nausea, flatulence and frothy diarrhoea.

Problems with dairy proteins and fats

But lactose is not the only problem. Dairy proteins and fats may also cause problems.

Many people may experience phlegm in the throat after breakfast containing milk or milk powder. This is a classic symptom of dairy intolerance. Bloating and gas are also other symptoms that may occur. Casein allergy: symptoms may include itchy skin conditions, GI (gastro-intestinal) and respiratory problems. Reactions including hives, eczema, vomiting, asthma and diarrhoea are common.

Help to digest lactose, dairy proteins and fats

Now you can eat and drink all different kinds of milk and dairy products without the uncomfortable bloating, cramping, gas, and diarrhoea problems that come with lactose intolerance. Imagine enjoying the health benefits of dairy without pain and discomfort of dairy intolerance.

Enjoy Your Favourite Dairy Foods Again

Radiance Dairy Digest is a comprehensive blend of enzymes that is formulated to aid the digestion of different groups in dairy. Imagine eating cottage cheese and ice cream without the pain of dairy intolerance. There's no reason to feel sick or uncomfortable from eating dairy foods.

With Radiance Dairy Digest, it is possible to ease temporary discomfort associated with the incomplete digestion of dairy products, while enjoying the taste and health benefits from them.

Just one vegetarian capsule with or before each meal that contains dairy helps digest dairy products equivalent to one cup of whole milk.

Radiance Dairy Digest capsules does not contain any sugar, salt, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg, shellfish or preservatives.

Reproduced unabridged from the July - September 2006 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following products are all useful for lactose intolerance :

Broad Spectrum Enzyme
Clean Lean Protein
Digest Dairy
Digestive Enzyme Tablet
Lactase Enzyme
Natural Digestion
Inner Health Dairy Free Powder
Primadophilus Child
Inner Health Plus for Kids
Super Papaya Enzyme

Related health information can be found here:

Dairy Allergy
Ensure healthy gut function with probiotic supplementation
FOS - Prebiotic Food
Multi-Power the energy pack
The good health diet

Related articles can be found here:

Benefits of Friendly Bacteria
Do You React to Milk & Diary Products?
Enzymes: The weakest link in your digestive system
Indigestion: Could be too little stomach acid
Why take Primadophilus?

If you need help or advice, you are welcome to email our naturopathic team with your health question.

Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.


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