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Could dairy equal diarrhea?

written by Vidya Sury January 7, 2011

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According to medical experts, the No. 1 food associated with excess gas is dairy, especially as you age. For some people, dairy can also cause diarrhea.

Let’s face it. Gas is not a comfortable “issue” (pun intended?) at the best of times – and it can be really embarrassing if you are in a group of people and can’t control it.

Point is, as we get older, most of us lose the ability to absorb lactose, the sugar present in milk. This results in gas and bloating and often, diarrhea.

If you suffer from too much gas after you consume dairy products, there are remedies you can look at. Begin by opting for lactose-free or low-lactose milk. Active culture Yogurt is another option as it may not cause problems.

Recent research also shows that probiotics, which are active bacteria cultures in yogurt can relieve flatulance, particularly if you suffer from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Of course, gas is one of the main symptoms of IBS.

What if you can’t go without milk? Or even cheese? You can try the enzyme lactase, available as non-prescription tablets or liquids to help you digest lactose.


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