Lactose intolerance is a condition where larger amounts of the milk sugar called lactose are not tolerated well by a person.
Lactose Intolerance Symptoms
A person with this condition may experience gas, cramping, abdominal pain, nausea, bloating and diarrhea when eating and drinking lactose rich foods such as milk, ice cream, cheese and pizza.
What Is Considered Normal?
No adult human being has the ability to break down the lactose in milk and other dairy products like cheese and ice cream. Therefore, everyone is “lactose intolerant”.
In fact, we first make contact with bacteria and other “germs” while passing through the birth canal. We set the backup plan into motion when we receive that first kiss from our parents. The bacteria is swallowed and finds it way to your intestines. During your first three years of life, the mother’s breast milk (among other things) supports the bacteria. Then they grow and develop into the wonderful “city” of good intestinal germs called the intestinal flora. Fortunately, by the time a child no longer makes its own lactase, the intestinal flora is ready to take over the job producing enough lactase to break down all the lactose in food.
At Optimum Health, our experiences concur with the research. We have found that all of our clients with a healthy colony (city) of intestinal flora have no problem with lactose. All of our clients with damaged or missing intestinal flora seem to struggle with lactose rich foods. Once we help them replace their intestinal flora, they are able to eat all of the lactose rich foods their hearts desire.
True to fixing the root of a problem, re-establishing our clients intestinal flora eliminates many problems all at once. Therefore, they no longer have acid reflux, constipation, foul morning breath, and much more.
Have I Destroyed My Intestinal Flora?
Poor digestion causes the inability to break down food properly. This is a major issue with severely damaged or missing intestinal flora. This brings about many problems such as bloating and gas with meals as well as acid reflux. Again, one can develop lactose intolerance as well not allowing the break down of the lactose in milk. This can cause gas, cramping, abdominal pain, nausea, bloating and diarrhea when eating and drinking foods such as milk, ice cream, cheese and pizza.
Since antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria, antibiotics will kill the good bacteria that lives in the intestinal flora. It is important to recognize that taking antibiotics as well as the drugs used for chemotherapy can destroy the intestinal flora.
If you are experiencing several of the problems mentioned, then you may have destroyed your intestinal flora. You may want to consider replacing it.
Remember that breast milk supports the developing city of microbes called the intestinal flora. Yogurt not only has the microbes (live active cultures) but it also has the substances needed to nurture the microbes as they develop into the colony of intestinal flora much the way breast milk does.
Eat yogurt that has plenty of live cultures every day for a few years and you will have your intestinal flora once again. If you want to replace your intestinal flora much faster, you can take capsule of microbes (called probiotics) with your yogurt each day until your stool becomes loose. Initially, you can get all the microbes you need for the day from each probiotic capsule. After establishing your intestinal flora, it will also give you all the microbes you need for the day. This will cause you to have too many good microbes each day which will cause loose stool. Therefore, this loose stool signals that your intestinal flora is thriving and producing plenty of microbes and lactase. That will be a time to celebrate as you will have succeeded in reestablishing your intestinal flora.
Protecting My Intestinal Flora?
A high fiber diet is really helpful since good microbes feast on fiber while the bad microbes love refined sugar and animal fat. Garlic, green tea and ginseng are also helpful in fostering friendly microbes as they contain polyphenols which good bacteria love. Garlic is especially good as it also helps prevent the growth of bad bacteria. Eating fermented food such as miso, tempeh and yogurt is a wonderful way to support your intestinal flora. Bananas, chicory root, onions, leeks, soybeans, sweet potatoes, asparagus and some whole grains help support the colony of good microbes by providing natural sugars (fructooligosaccharides(FOS) and inulin) that the good microbes thrive on.
Again, chemotherapy and antibiotics have the unfortunate side effect of destroying the intestinal flora. While exposing your body to these and other things that insult your intestinal flora, it is important to Maintain a high fiber diet. It is also important to get enough miso, tempeh and yogurt. Taking our probiotic capsule with the miso, tempeh or yogurt 2 hours after chemotherapy and/or antibiotics can be extremely helpful. Just as the mother’s breast milk will nurture this dynamic city, yogurt is especially good at supporting and nurturing it too.
Though each person is different, most of our clients notice relief of nearly all problems within one week of beginning our program. They are able to go and enjoy some of their favorite foods again!
What If I Don’t Get Relief?
You may have something such as impactment preventing the probiotic bacteria from reaching your intestinal lining where it would be able to recolonize.
At Optimum Health we do not diagnose, treat or manage disease. Instead we try to get to the root of problems and, as a result, eliminate hosts of issues all at once.
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