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The Problem with Dairy: Lactose Intolerance or Protein Sensitivity?

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Dairy is a staple of American diets. It’s hard to resist cheese covered pizzas and pastas, or look the other way when presented with ice cream, custards, and cheesecakes. But as we grow older, our bodies seem to adversely react to dairy foods and beverages. There are two reasons for this: one, milk is biologically designed for children; and two, cow’s milk is, by nature, intended for baby cows. Still, a little digestive discomfort isn’t enough to stop us from partaking in delicious milk-based products. Besides, that’s what lactase enzyme supplements are made for. However, many people who pop these supplements and consume dairy can still experience bloating, nausea, cramps, upset stomach, gas, and diarrhea. In this case, the real culprit may not be lactose intolerance, but an immune response from the protein components of dairy.

But what is lactose intolerance exactly? Lactose is a large carbohydrate that requires the enzyme lactase in order to be broken down into simple sugars that can be absorbed by the body. As we transition into adulthood, the gene that produces lactase switches off, making it difficult for us to digest dairy.[1] This condition is common, and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) estimates that 30 to 50 million Americans are lactose intolerant.[2] These individuals will develop adverse gastronomical reactions within 20 minutes to two hours after consuming dairy products. Lactase tablets are designed to provide the necessary enzyme allowing for proper digestion, and are a great solution to those who are lactose intolerant.  However, if the lactase supplements still do not relieve discomfort, then you may actually be suffering from protein sensitivity.

Whereas lactose is a carbohydrate, whey and casein are the protein components of milk. The body uses a protease enzyme to break them down for digestion and absorption. Without enough of this enzyme present, then the body will overreact to the presence of the harmless protein, triggering a hyper-response by the immune system. Bloating, nausea, cramping, and pain may occur, which are symptoms similar to those of lactose intolerance. This is why the two conditions are commonly confused for one another.

Millions of people are unable to enjoy dairy products due to digestion complications, but Dairylytic® was created to address both underlying causes of the discomfort: lactose intolerance and protein sensitivity. Dairylytic® is a dual-functioning enzyme formulation with a combination of both lactase and a unique protease enzyme blend. Working together, the enzymes quickly and effectively break down lactose, whey, and casein (proteins) to naturally aid the body in dairy digestion. Rather than individuals completely eliminating a food group from their diet, Dairylytic® can allow them to enjoy foods and beverages that include dairy. For more information, visit us at today!



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