Lactaid not working?
A 2018 study published in the Journal of Food Science and Nutrition estimated that more than 60% of the human population has a reduced ability to digest lactose, commonly referred to as lactose intolerance. This problem often occurs due to a lack of an enzyme found in the gut called lactase, which is necessary for breaking down and digesting lactose. Lactose intolerance results in uncomfortable digestive symptoms that include bloating, reflux, diarrhea, constipation, and indigestion.
If you’ve noticed a pattern of stomach discomfort after eating ice cream or cheese or drinking milk, then you could suffer from this issue. For some people, taking a dietary supplement containing the lactase enzyme at the time they consume dairy products works to resolve the problem. The most recognizable form of this supplement is called Lactaid, and it has been widely available for decades.
But what can you do if Lactaid is not working for you? Do you have to stop eating all foods containing dairy?
There are other solutions
Don’t give up just yet; you may still be able to eat dairy products. First, make sure that you’re taking the Lactaid at the correct time, which means right when you’re eating the food -- not an hour before or after. Being lactose intolerant means your body needs the lactase enzymes at the precise moment that you’re taking in the food that requires it to be digested.
Secondly, don’t overwhelm your body by eating two cups of ice cream at once. Even with the help of the enzyme, overloading on rich, sweet foods can cause stomach upset for anyone. And, keep in mind that dairy products contain differing amounts of lactose. Low lactose items, such as mozzarella cheese, might be just fine.
If you’ve tried these things and still find that Lactaid doesn’t work for you, consider taking an excellent quality probiotic with live bacteria, like ThreeLac or FiveLac made by Global Health Trax.
Find the one that works for you
ThreeLac and FiveLac Probiotics are supplements that help with lactose intolerance and other issues related to an unhealthy or imbalanced gut. They restore health to your digestive tract by introducing beneficial or “good” bacteria that can take care of an overpopulation of “bad” bacteria. Although it takes time, you may find that consuming dairy products no longer causes distress once your gut is in balance.
Living lactose intolerant can be very limiting, particularly if you’ve tried introducing Lactaid to your diet with no luck. Fortunately, there are other avenues to explore, and as a bonus, taking a GHT probiotic supplement benefits your overall health in many other ways as well.