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
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