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Lactase Deficiency and Lactose Intolerance

Lactose intolerance occurs when the cells that line the small intestine are unable to produce enough of the enzyme lactase, which is needed to break down the milk sugar lactose into the simple sugars glucose and galactose that the body can absorb. Lactose intolerance, which is sometimes wrongly called milk intolerance, is not the same as a milk allergy. Unlike milk allergy, lactose intolerance does not involve the immune system, a key player in all […]

Lactose Intolerance or Milk Allergy? Tests and Diet

Many people believe that they are allergic to milk because whenever they ingest milk or any dairy product, such as yoghurt, cheese or even an ice cream, they experience bloating, gassy stomach pain and diarrhea. Some really are allergic to milk and should better avoid it. But most of them have a common digestive disorder called lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance is actually not an allergy but one of the most common forms of enzyme deficiency. […]

Managing Digestive Disorders

We know that bad food can cause an upset stomach but the way in which diet can trigger or affect a chronic digestive disorder has not yet been fully explained. However, it is quite clear that certain disorders are profoundly influenced by what we do or do not eat or can be helped by adding or eliminating certain types of food. Our digestive tract is a 40 feet long, winding tube, consisting of several sections […]