What is Lactose Intolerance?

About 68% of the global population is Lactose Intolerant, odd's are you are too! 

The condition isn’t harmful, but it can be uncomfortable and embarrassing.

So what exactly is Lactose Intolerance, Let's break it down:

  • Lactose is the main source of sugar from milk and milk products from all mammals except the sea lion.
  • From birth, babies are typically tolerant of lactose, as their only source of food is breast milk.
  • Typically, lactase enzymes turn lactose into two simple sugars, glucose and galactose, which are absorbed into the bloodstream through the intestinal lining.
  • Our small intestines will actually produce the lactase enzymes needed to break down lactose, however as people age most start to lose this ability.
  • For people that lose the ability to break down lactose, the lactose does not get absorbed into the body (malabsorption). Instead it travels all the way to the large intestine where bacteria interact with undigested lactose, causing the typical signs and symptoms of lactose intolerance.
  • The signs and symptoms of lactose intolerance usually begin from 30 minutes to two hours after eating or drinking foods that contain lactose.
  • Side effects can include:
    • Diarrhea
    • Stomach cramps
    • Bloating
    • Gas
    • Nausea, and sometimes, vomiting

    The symptoms are no fun, but they’re not dangerous. Most people can manage their symptoms by changing their diet, limiting the amount of lactose they consume and asking every waiter "is there dairy in that?" Some people do better by cutting lactose out of their diet altogether but that's no fun and everyone loves dairy, so that's why we developed Bactose



    - Bactose does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. -


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