We may do a post on what causes lactose intolerance at some point, but that deserves a write up of its own 🙂
If you think that you might have a dairy or lactose intolerance the best way to find out is to cut dairy out and see if the following symptoms disappear or ease off. It may be that you are lactose intolerant or you may have a form of IBS and a FODMAP or similar diet might best suit you, but for a lot of people who need a FODMAP diet – low lactose eases their symptoms too
Typically you’ll notice a reaction within 30mins to half an hour, although some people may start to feel ill almost straight away in some cases.
Pain or cramps in the lower belly or abdominals.
Gurgling or rumbling sounds in the lower belly.
Gas, or excess flatulence.
Loose stools or diarrhea. Sometimes the stools are foamy.
Less common is:
abdominal distention, and
You can take pills to ease these symptoms too (which I tend to do when I can’t avoid dairy – or just cut it out) You can also try products like A2 milk which cut’s out a different protein that some people are sensitive to.