Lactose Intolerance

Do you feel bloated, have abdominal discomfort, diarrhea or nausea after drinking milk? If you experience any or all of these symptoms after consuming milk and milk products then you may be lactose intolerant.

I was diagnosed with lactose intolerance a few years ago but suffered from it most of my adult life without being able to pinpoint what was wrong. The bloating and discomfort I experienced was unbearable at times and I didn’t know what was wrong with me.  In my case, blood and breath tests to determine if I was lactose intolerant weren’t clear so I had a hard time realizing I even had the condition.

According to the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation, the simplest and most reliable way of diagnosing lactose intolerance is to remove all lactose-containing products from your diet for one to two weeks. If your symptoms disappear completely then a lactose-free diet should be maintained. After drinking only lactose-free milk and consuming no other milk products for two weeks, I finally realized that I needed a change in my diet because my body lacked the enzyme to break down the lactose.

I wish I would have known about this simple at-home test years ago. Today I am grateful to know that the condition can be easily controlled by simple dietary adjustments and that I can still enjoy the drinks and meals that I love. Natrel Lactose-Free Milk allows me to enjoy great tasting milk (no sweet aftertaste!) without discomfort, plus all the calcium, vitamins A and D and proteins I need.

If you suffer from abdominal discomfort after drinking milk or milk products, then be sure to try the two-week test at home to help determine if you have lactose intolerance. If you do have lactose intolerance then look for Natrel Lactose Free milk on your next shopping trip; you will love the natural taste.

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