Gas, Flatulence, and lactose Digestion


Gas is a frequent problem with people who don't digest lactose. When no lactase is present to help metabolize (fancy word for breaking down), the dairy products goes through the Small Intestines undigested, and into the Large Intestine.

Bacteria in the Small and Large Intestines help us with many digestive processes. There are hundreds of different kinds in our gut. Bacteria in the Large Intestine sense the undigested dairy and go to work.

These bacteria are called anaerobic, because they work in an absence of oxygen. They produce a lot of gas that gives the odors to 'flatulence"

Lactose Intolerance Testing

The bacteria discusses in the preceding paragraph give off hydrogen and methane byproducts. The preferred test for lactose intolerance is to test the amount of Hydrogen and Methane breathed out. the byproducts of the bacteria are fairly conclusive.

Low Calcium and Calcium deficiency on Non Dairy Diets

About 75% of the Calcium we use is supplied by dairy products. If you are going to try a nondairy diet, make sure you take a calcium supplement or replace calcium necessary to keep your bones and body healthy.

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