Am I Becoming Lactose Intolerant?

So, I think I may have made myself lactose intolerant.

I won’t pretend to be a registered dietician, any sort of doctor, etc., but from my endeavors as a Figure Competitor, Personal Trainer, and overall fitness enthusiast, I’ve learned a couple things. Top of the chart would be manipulating my diet for results and some of the ways my body reacts to those changes.

FACT CHECK:
Lactose intolerance is the inability to break down a complex sugar called lactose. Lactose is found in milk and other dairy products. It consists of two simple sugars, glucose and galactose. (Thank you dummies.com)

Since I started my journey in January ‘12, I have not consumed much in the way of dairy products. I don’t eat cheese. I don’t drink milk, and when I do it’s of the almond variety. Closest I get to ice cream is the occasional frozen yogurt (or froyo as we cool people call it). Needless to say, within 15 minutes or less of dairy consumption my stomach is screaming at me.

While I’m perfectly okay giving up the foods that make my body hate me a little, I had to do a little research to see if your eating habits can directly affect how your body reacts and metabolizes certain foods.

According to Livestrong.com “…humans don’t produce enzymes in response to need—you don’t stop producing lactase simply because you’ve stopped drinking milk. It’s much more likely that any symptoms experience when adding dairy back into your diet after a long period of abstinence are simply the effects of aging that lessen lactase production.”

FACT CHECK: 
Lactase breaks lactose into smaller particles for easier absorption in your intestine.

This information was confirmed by a number of sources. One even comparing the reduction due to aging to why you stop feeding a cat milk as it gets older.

In this case it looks like there is no direct correlation between your eating habits causing such changes. But that isn’t necessarily the case with everything! Stay tuned…

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