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Lactose intolerance

MilkLactose intolerance, otherwise known as lactase deficiency, is a condition where a person is unable to properly digest lactose, the sugar found in milk and dairy products. The body produces lactase, the enzyme needed to breakdown and digest lactose, but many produce less lactase as they age. Some may be born with a lactose intolerance and others my develop the condition as a result of an illness or injury. When consuming dairy products, those with lactose intolerance can have stomach discomfort, bloating, nausea, diarrhea, and/or gas. To avoid these symptoms, stay away from dairy products by switching to plant-based dairy or lactose-free milk. Another option would be to take a supplement, such as Lactaid, to help with indigestion. Although Lactaid is not approved by the FDA, the pills are a common alternative to those who desire dairy but also have a lactose intolerance.

 

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