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Lactose Intolerance and Constipation

While lactose intolerance is most often associated with symptoms such as diarrhea, people are now discovering it can be linked with constipation as well. A milk allergy can cause symptoms such as constipation and there have been studies in children strongly suggesting the consumption of dairy milk can be a key contributor to constipation in childhood. Constipation is a very common childhood nuisance and many parents struggle to find ways to alleviate it.

Lactose Intolerance Causes Constipation?

Lactose intolerance and constipation is an additional digestive concern of which you may not be aware. Milk and other dairy products containing lactose need to be processed in your body by the enzyme lactase. Some people are lactase deficient, which can result in pain, bloating, diarrhea, gas, and other symptoms every time they eat dairy products. This is the condition commonly termed “lactose intolerance”. While being lactase deficient isn’t harmful, it can make eating a variety of foods a challenge. Using products to break down lactose in the system can also assist in reducing lactose intolerance and constipation symptoms as well. Some sufferers of lactose intolerance choose to take a product to help them digest lactose while other people try to avoid lactose filled foods and opt for alternatives. Those who avoid dairy products need to ensure they find other sources for nutrients such as calcium.

Sufferers of milk intolerance can find it very difficult to nourish themselves. Like gluten sensitive people, lactose intolerant individuals can find it difficult to find enough food to satisfy their dietary needs. People with lactose intolerance or milk related allergies could even become malnourished because they have trouble finding enough food to eat that doesn’t result in pain and suffering. It’s important to find ways to gain all the nutrients your body needs without compromising your comfort and health.

Dairy milk can be contributing to your child’s health symptoms such as constipation, congestion, or ear infections. It also might be contributing to symptoms in your own health. There are many differing opinions on whether or not milk does more harm than good. Most countries’ health departments recommend milk as part of a healthy diet but if you are convinced milk and other dairy products are contributing to your ill health with problems such as congestion, diarrhea, constipation, bloating and gas, or other problems, it’s important to find out for sure. If you decide to temporarily eliminate dairy from your diet or the diet of your child to see if symptoms diminish, you should ensure you can replicate the milk’s nutritional value in other ways.

Alternate Sources of Calcium

There are many alternate sources of calcium such as supplements and calcium-enriched products like orange juice to help you fill the gap. It’s especially important for a child’s diet to determine what causes the symptoms and to not only alleviate those symptoms but also ensure the child isn’t missing vital nutrients.

Some people suggest dairy milk isn’t beneficial at all. There are other groups stating raw, non-pasteurized goat’s milk is best. Others recommend drinking organic almond or rice milk to ease difficulty.  There are many theories about consuming dairy products so you don’t experience side effects such as lactose intolerance or constipation, so you must choose the best option for you and your family.

Constipation is a serious problem that shouldn’t be ignored. If you believe dairy products are causing your lactose intolerance and constipation difficulties, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor about allergy testing.  It’s also important to ensure you are getting all the nutrients you need, especially calcium.

Calcium can also be found in foods such as:

  • Tofu
  • Broccoli
  • Fresh salmon
  • Fresh sardines
  • Eggs
  • Turnip greens

There are calcium enriched non-dairy foods abundantly available in the organic aisle of grocery stores thanks to the current trend of “enriching” existing products. Also, unprocessed raw goat’s milk is the closest equivalent in nature to human breastmilk. Organic goat’s milk contains less fat and no artificial hormones (unlike today’s chemically-enhanced dairy stock) and it digests easily.

Constipation Relief

It’s also important to alleviate the symptoms of constipation. Constipation can have a negative impact on your quality of life regardless of age.  Maintaining regular bowel movements is important to your health, well-being, and overall comfort and mobility.  Anyone who suffers from constipation knows it can stop you in your tracks and keep you from being productive and enjoying life.

Laxative use can help alleviate constipation temporarily but it can be harsh on your system and can cause dependency if you use them too often.  Many constipation sufferers have found great success with Oxy-Powder®. Oxy-Powder®’s oxygenating action flushes your system out in a gentle, non-habit forming way that makes having a bowel movement more comfortable.  Many people use it for a full colon cleansing, for occasional bloating and constipation relief, or for problems related to food allergies or lactose intolerance. It’s just a good and effective maintenance tool to keep the digestive system working its best!

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