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Lactose intolerance symptoms in adults

Lactose intolerance symptoms in adults can range from bloating and gas to gripping stomach pains, nausea and diarrhea.

Lactose is a sugar molecule that the gut breaks down and absorbs as glucose and galactose. It is the body’s inability to break down the lactose that brings about the discomfort.

Some adults with lactose intolerance symptoms find it is only by eliminating all diary/lactose-based foods that they can experience any relief. For others, a small amount is fine. Careful monitoring of the body’s responses can help lactose intolerant adults find their trigger or tipping points.

The symptoms of lactose intolerance in adults can be worrying but they can also be triggered by other dietary factors so it is worth consulting a dietician to discuss any lactose suspicions you have. Milk today has become such a processed food that it is worth considering what other chemical nasties are present in your purchased brand that might upset the gut before deciding your symptoms are lactose intolerance.

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Lindy Schneider is a writer and researcher with a keen interest in health, wellbeing and natural childcare. She is an advocator of a chemical-free lifestyle in the best interests of her family, the community and a sustainable world. She lives in the Yarra Valley with her partner and two young children.

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