Do we need to drink milk?
No, It’s all part of nature’s plan for young mammals to consume milk from their mother until they are able to feed themselves. Once they have weaned to solid food, however, all other mammals except humans will never drink milk again. Lactase is the enzyme needed in the intestine to break down lactose (milk sugar) when it is no longer required; our bodies stop producing it.
Humans are no exception. Once our digestive systems have fully matured, there is no biological necessity to consume milk and therefore our bodies tend to lose the ability to produce lactase (aka lose the ability to properly digest milk).
When lactose cannot be digested (broken down) it then stays in our intestinal tract, fermenting and feeding certain bacteria that produce methane, carbon dioxide and hydrogen gases causing flatulence and abdominal discomfort. Symptoms can range from mild abdominal discomfort and bloating to severe diarrhea from consuming even small amounts of lactose.
Continued consumption of milk products by those with lactose intolerance may result in symptoms such as fatigue and a predisposition to catch colds, bronchitis and ear infections, rapid heart beat, sweating, flushed face just to name a few.
Do I have lactose intolerance’s??
There are lots of blood tests that can be done but the best way is to eliminate all dairy products from your system for 2 weeks and see if the symptoms go away.
Foods to avoid if trying to eliminate dairy:
Artificial butter, butter fat/flavour/oil, ghee, margarine
Baked goods and baking mixes e.g., breads, cakes, doughnuts
Brown sugar, high-protein flour
Buttermilk, cream, dips, salad dressings, sour cream, spreads
Casseroles, frozen prepared foods
Cereals, cookies, crackers
Cheese, cheese curds, cottage/soy cheese
Desserts, e.g., custard, frozen yogurt, ice cream, pudding, sherbet, yogurt
Flavoured coffee, coffee whitener, non-dairy creamer
Kefir (milk drink), kumiss (fermented milk drink), malt drink mixes
Meats, e.g., canned tuna, deli/processed meats, hot dogs, pâtés, sausages
Potatoes, e.g., instant/mashed/scalloped potatoes, seasoned french fries/potato chips
Snack foods, e.g., candy, fruit bars, granola bars
Soups, soup mixes
Wax coated fruits and vegetables
Other names for Milk:
Dry milk/milk/sour cream/sour milk solids
Hydrolyzed casein, hydrolyzed milk protein
Modified milk ingredients
Opta™, Simplesse ® (fat replacers)
Whey, whey protein concentrate
If you experience any of the symptoms above it’s well worth taking 2 weeks of your entire life and determining if you can live better and free from allergic reactions to something you are putting in your body.