Home remedies for Lactose Intolerance
Lactose intolerance is characterized by an inability to fully digest lactose in dairy products. The usual cause for lactose intolerance is deficiency of lactase, an enzyme produced by the lining of the small intestine. It can cause symptoms like stomach-aches, bloating, gas, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems after drinking milk or eating dairy products. But you can deal with lactose intolerance with these home remedies.
According to some studies cocoa powder and sugar or chocolate powders may help your body to digest lactose by slowing down the rate at which the stomach gets empty. The slower the emptying process is, the less lactose enters your system at once, thereby triggering fewer the symptoms.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is known to reduce lactose intolerance as it aids digestion. It is also effective in neutralising the stomach acid and other digestive problems caused by lactose intolerance. Add one tablespoonful of raw apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink it daily for some weeks. Image Courtesy: www.holisticvanity.ca
Another natural way to treat lactose intolerance is ginger. It is very helpful in reducing gastrointestinal problems caused by lactose intolerance or digestion as it can reduce nausea and abdominal gas effectively. Add one teaspoon of freshly grated ginger in boiling water. Add a few drops of lemon juice and honey to it and drink it daily to relieve the symptoms. Image Courtesy: weightlossiology.com
Chamomile tea is also effective in relieving discomfort caused by lactose intolerance. It not only neutralizes stomach acid but also helps in reducing bloating. Another added benefit is that it promotes relaxation. Add 2 teaspoonfuls of dried chamomile flowers in a cup of hot water to make a cupful of tea. Drink it a few times in a day.
Switch to Small Servings
Even if you cannot tolerate a glassful of milk in the morning, you can still drink a third of a cup in the morning without any discomfort. Make up with a third of a cup in the afternoon, and a third of a cup at night. Sticking to a small serving can help you manage lactose intolerance effectively.
Never on Empty Stomach
Make it a rule to never drink milk or eat any dairy product on an empty stomach. It can only bring out the worst symptoms of lactose intolerance. Eat dairy products or drink milk while eating your meal or right after having a meal but never alone.
Read the Labels
Several food items may have some amount of lactose hidden in them. Eating such foods will only trigger the symptoms without you even realizing the actual cause. Read the labels of every food item to look for the presence of lactose in it. Image Courtesy: Getty