Let’s talk about dairy intolerance
How do I know which milk to buy? Lactose free, A2, Almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, soy milk… HELP!
I often get asked in clinic which milk is the best. My answer is always “it depends on what your blood says.”
Food Intolerance testing at our clinic helps us find out once and for all what milk is best for you. Of the 46 foods we test, dairy seems to create the most confusion so read on and I’ll explain…
Dairy contains three main items that a person can be intolerant to:
Lactose – a natural sugar in dairy
Casein – a protein
Whey – a protein
If a person is lactose intolerant, it is the lactose sugar their gut is reacting to. Symptoms can include bloating, diarrhoea, gassy pains and indigestion. Milks such as Zymil and certain yoghurts are lactose free and suitable.
If a person is Casein or Whey intolerant, it is one or both of the proteins in dairy that is causing the issue. It is very important that these people avoid milk, cheese, yoghurt, butter and foods containing these products such as drinking chocolate, biscuits and some protein powders. They CANNOT have lactose free milk, because it still contains casein and whey. Symptoms can include irritable bowel, eczema, stomach pains, weight gain, gassy pains and indigestion. Sometimes the symptoms may not show up till later on in life. Milks such as almond, coconut, rice and organic soy are appropriate choices.
Certain people take a few days for their gut pains to creep in. This can make it hard to connect a certain food with the pain as it may not be what you are that day. The reaction a food creates can stay in your system for up to 30 days and each time you expose yourself to a food you are intolerant to it just lengthens the time you will have symptoms.
With our state of the art testing facilities and highly qualified staff, food intolerance testing at Kissun Clinics is accurate and reliable. Our Clinical Naturopaths and Nutritionists can explain your results, develop healthy eating plans and even suggest shopping lists to help you make the necessary changes.
It is very important to make sure a Clinical Naturopath or Nutritionist is testing your blood as they are trained in the science behind food intolerances and have access to accurate testing equipment.
Be very wary of internet based sites that offer testing. We have seen many of these brought in by clients who are not happy as they are given a list of sometimes 20-30 foods they cannot eat! The likelihood of being intolerant to so many foods is very low and I question their credibility. With our accurate testing we find clients will have between one and three intolerances on average. Now that’s much easier to manage!
Our testing even allows us to check the severity of the intolerance. This way you will know which food you must completely avoid as opposed to those foods that you can still have 3-4 times a week but just not every day. This way you don’t feel like you are missing out.
If you or someone you know is struggling with health issues or needs food intolerance testing, give me a call on 49467910. I look forward to helping you with your health.
BMedSc BHSc AdvDip NAT HOM NUTR WHM
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