Growing up, I had cereal with milk every single morning. On Fridays, my father always brought home pizza from his favorite pizza, covered in cheese – and mushrooms, if he had his way. My mother is Italian; ravioli and cheese gnocchi are dinnertime staples. When we went down the shore every summer, my brother and I could usually sway my parents to buy us Kohr’s after dinner.
Eventually, eating all of those different types of dairy products didn’t settle with my stomach. I ate less ice cream in the summertime, subbed cheese ravioli for penne, and learned to enjoy soy milk with my Special K. It seems that, over time, my body cared to digest products with dairy less and less, leaving me with some discomfort and nausea.
At some point, my body started to produce less lactase, the enzyme that breaks down lactose which is a sugar naturally found in milk. It isn’t uncommon to develop an intolerance to lactose as you grow up. Research shows that 20% of Caucasians lack the gene that has the ability to produce lactase over the course of one’s life. (The numbers are higher for other races and ethnicities: 90% of Asians, 65% of Africans and African-Americans, and 50% of Hispanics.)
Symptoms of lactose intolerance can include nausea, abdominal pain, cramps, and bloating; however, they look and feel differently for each individual. Some people can handle the occasional scoop of ice cream; others can’t.
It’s worrisome to completely remove dairy from your diet, as milk contains many essential nutrients like calcium and Vitamin D. But, you can still stay on track with your health by adding FemmePharma’s B-complex or FemmePharma’s Fab 5 to your daily vitamin routine. In addition to boosting energy levels, improving your mood, and enhancing the appearance of your skin, the B-complex* can even help with proper digestive functioning on those days you can’t resist a cone from Kohr’s!
* Not a substitute for Lactaid, or other commercially prepared forms of lactase