Treating Lactose Intolerance

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Treating lactose intolerance … Although there’s no cure for lactose intolerance, you can treat it by limiting or avoiding milk products. Some people drink milk with reduced lactose. Most have up to 70% of the lactose removed from the milk, but it’s also available in 100% lactose-free. Some people will substitute soy milk or soy cheese, but it's been shown recently that soy isn’t as good for you as it was touted.

The only soy that doesn’t have harmful toxins is fermented soy such as soy sauce. Tofu isn't fermented soy. It's actually curdled soy milk. The Chinese first started eating soybeans about 2,500 years ago, after they figured out how to ferment them. They didn’t eat unfermented soybeans as you may have heard. It’s used as a condiment, but only in small amounts. The Japanese probably started eating miso, which is also fermented, about 1,500 years ago.

Soy increases the body’s need for vitamin D. Vitamin D is extremely important in the body’s immune system and it may be beneficial to supplement it in the form of D3 or Cholecalciferol form, especially in the winter when there's little sun. MSG, which is a potent neurotoxin, is formed in soy food processing. Soy increases the body’s need for vitamin B12, which people are already in need of, because most people don’t assimilate it well.

Vitamin B12 is extremely important for energy. If you are tired all the time you might me lacking vitamin B12. Soy contains high levels of aluminum, which is toxic to the kidneys and nervous system. Aluminum has also been associated with Alzheimer's Disease. You can learn more about the dangers of soy in the book The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America's Favorite Health Food.

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The enzyme lactase is available in chewable tablets or swallow-capsules to aid in the digestion of lactose.

The big concern for people, who don’t eat milk or milk products, is how to get enough calcium. Calcium is important for children, teens, pregnant women, and menopausal women; although, menopausal women also need to be using a quality natural- progesterone cream like the one sold at to prevent osteoporosis.

Foods Containing Calcium

• Almonds

• Apples

• Apricots

• Avocados

• Bananas

• Blackberries

• Black Turtle Beans

• Blueberries

• Bok Choy

• Boysenberries

• Broccoli

• Cabbage

• Canned Sardines

• Cherries, sour

• Cherries, sweet

• Chickpeas

• Chinese Cabbage

• Clementines

• Collards

• Crabapples

• Cranberries

• Currants

• Dates

• Elderberries

• Figs

• Gooseberries

• Grapes

• Grapefruit

• Kale

• Kiwi

• Lemons

• Limes

• Loganberries

• Mangos

• Melons, cantaloupe

• Melons, honeydew

• Navy Beans

• Nectarines

• Okra

• Olives

• Oranges

• Papayas

• Peaches

• Pineapples

• Pomegranates

• Plums

• Raisins

• Raspberries

• Salmon

• Sesame Seeds

• Strawberries

• Tangerines

• Tofu

• Tortillas, corn

• Tuna

• Turnip Greens

• Watermelons

• White Beans

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Swiss chard, rhubarb and spinach contain oxalates that prohibit the absorption of their calcium, so they aren’t considered a good source of calcium. The idea that low-calcium causes osteoporosis is a myth. Although important, your body also needs other minerals such as manganese, boron, zinc, and copper.

Make sure you are getting enough protein in your diet, because amino acids are part of the bone matrix; therefore, important to strong bones. Another very important nutrient that's important in the prevention of osteoporosis is omega-3 fatty acids ( , which is ideally obtained in krill oil ( Lastly, exercise such as weight lifting, which builds muscle, will also strengthen your bones. It stimulates the osteoblasts to make new bone. See an exercise specialist to get exercises to build the muscles in the arms and hip areas.

If you aren't eating a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, and need to take calcium, the best-absorbed calcium is calcium citrate. Calcium requires acid to be absorbed into the body. Taking a calcium containing antacid, which reduces acid in the stomach isn't a logical source of calcium. Taking any medication, which reduces stomach acid, will of course, also interfere with calcium absorption. But taking too much calcium can lead to problems such as kidney stones.

Stay away from prescription drugs of the bisfosphonate type such as alendronate, ibandronate sodium, and risedronate sodium. Their half-lives, the time it takes for half of the drug to be metabolized, is years. This means that once you have taken the drug it can never be eliminated from your body until the day you die. The way these drugs work is they turn off the natural mechanism your body has of destroying old weak bone by cells called osteocasts.

This leaves only the osteoblasts, which are the cells that make new bone. The drug becomes part of the bone matrix and the bone appears to be denser, because of the drug incorporating itself into the bone, but actually it isn’t denser and is actually weak bone. If the osteoclasts are killed by the drug they can't remove old bone, so new bone can't be made by the osteoblasts.

The process of removing old bone and making new bone is called remodeling and occurs at the same spot on a bone surface. This remodeling maintains the current bone and only is slightly out of balance after the age of 35, where the amount of bone deposited lags a little behind what is resorbed.

Vitamin D is important for calcium absorption and very important for healthy bones in general. The body makes Vitamin D from exposure to the sun. As stated previously, when taken as a supplement it should be the D3 or Cholecalciferol form. Resent findings show many people to be deficient in Vitamin D. Your doctor can do a test to determine if you are deficient.

Since Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, it’s possible to get too much; therefore, it’s important to have your levels tested periodically. Your body will need to be supplemented with more Vitamin D in the winter months compared to the summer months. You shouldn't need to supplement in the summer unless you test low, because you don't get enough sunlight. Children especially shouldn't take a multi-vitamin containing vitamin D, because they could get too much in the summer when they are outside playing in the sun. If you ask to have your vitamin D levels checked insist that your doctor research which labs he has available to perform the correct test.

The correct test is 25(OH)D. It's also called 25-hydroxyvitamin D. There's a number of different companies that the Food and Drug Administration have approved to perform vitamin D testing. DiaSorin ( is the gold standard for all other labs. Their radioimmunoassay (RIA) method for measuring total vitamin D levels is the gold standard, not because it’s more accurate, but because it’s the one used in almost every major vitamin D study, on which the recommended blood levels for clinical efficacy are based. In order for other testing methods to provide clinically relevant results, the test values must agree with DiaSorin RIA results, since those were used to establish the recommended levels.

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