Tips for Managing Lactose Intolerance

A young cousin of mine suffers from lactose intolerance and it would be great if you guys can offer up a few tips on better managing this condition.

Tip 1 - Make sure to take Vitamin D and Calcium Supplements

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People who are lactose intolerant obviously can't have milk. This means they miss out on a big source of vitamin D and Calcium. These two are essential for strong bone formation so make sure anyone suffering from this condition takes supplements to make up for any deficiency.

Tip 2 - Take Probiotic Supplements and Yogurt

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Tip 3 - Lactaid Pills Work Wonders

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Just take a lactaid pill when you eat dairy and you will be fine. The pill helps break down the milk sugar and prevents the symptoms of lactose intolerance showing up.

Tip 4 - Pay Attention to Food Labels

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Even non-dairy products can have some quantities of lactose, which is why it is important that you keep an eye on food labels. If lactose is part of a food you should be looking for alternatives.

Tip 5 - Don't eat dairy on an empty stomach

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You will worsen your symptoms if you eat dairy products or drink milk on an empty stomach. If you must have some of it, try taking it with another snack or mixing it up with your meal.

Tip 6 - Minimize the use of caffeine-containing beverages such as coffee and caffeinated cola

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Since caffeine can increase intestinal motility, people with IBS should avoid or minimize the use of caffeine-containing beverages such as coffee and caffeinated colas. Fructose or sorbitol (a sugar substitute) can induce diarrhea in some people. Since vitamin C supplements of 1 gram/day or more can cause diarrhea, patients with chronically loose stools should be advised to stop taking them.

Unnecessary delay in defecation should be avoided. When an urge is felt, leaving the stool in the colon may contribute to constipation because the longer the contents remain, the more fluid may be absorbed. Use of certain laxatives can perpetuate constipation because the large intestine can become dependent on them. People with IBS should not take strong laxatives.

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

 

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