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Natural Remedies for Lactose Intolerance

People suffering lactose intolerance or lactose allergy are unable to digest the sugar available in milk due to the lack of lactase enzymes. There are, however,

natural remedies for lactose intolerance

available. Though lactose intolerance does not produce harmful results, it causes problems such as diarrhea, gas and abdominal cramps. It can however be controlled through careful diet and some natural remedies.

Natural remedies:

  • Research has found that taking cocoa powder and sugar together or chocolate powder can help in digesting lactose.
  • Avoid drinking milk alone. Instead, take it with solid food such as whole-grain cereals.
  • Eat

    sardines

    since they are very good sources of calcium. Other foods which are rich in calcium can be a good replacement for milk. Foods such as tofu, radish, broccoli, carrots, nuts, green leafy vegetables, dried apricots and sesame products are good examples. Do not eat spinach since it contains a chemical which blocks calcium absorption.

  • Yogurt can help in some lactase production and hence can reduce lactose intolerance. Yogurt is believed to contain live active bacteria which can help in improving lactose digestion. Probiotics foods too are popular remedies for preventing and reducing lactose intolerance symptoms. However, be warned that probiotics are not universally accepted in helping lactose intolerance.
  • Chamomile tea

    is a good home remedy for lactose intolerance, and helps you relax.

  • Eat less lactose alternatives such as cheese and buttermilk.
  • If you need to drink milk, drink hot milk since it is tolerated better by the stomach rather than cold milk.
  • You can take

    calcium powder supplements

    (calcium gluconate or calcium citrate).

  • During diarrhea, do not consume any solid food. Just drink lots of water to replace lost minerals.
  • Some people suggest intake of acidophilus milk. However, this does not help you with lactose intolerance, since acidophilus works to improve the colon condition, whereas the problems with lactose occur in the small intestine.

Following these simple

natural remedies for lactose intolerance

will prove beneficial for you.

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