Lactose Intolerance and Cure

There is finally light  at the end of the tunnel. YES, THERE IS A CURE!I finally have hope that I will become lactose tolerant. I started using a method introduced by Jill Grunewald, a holistic coach and expert in food intolerance.   Jill Grunewald introduced a 5 step procedure to reproduce the lactase enzyme:

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  1. IDENTIFY: First determine if you are lactose. Begin with servings that contain high amount of lactose, such as a glass of milk or a bowl of ice cream. If you experience tummy pain, bloating, constipation, diarrhea or nausea within the next 72 hours of have milk or ice-cream, proceed to step 2.
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  2. ELIMINATE: Stop eating dairy for a minimum  of six months. SIX MONTHS! I know, right! It worth the effort, as they say NO PAIN NO GAIN. When I say STOP, I mean not a single micro-gram of lactose. So be very careful as icing on cakes, certain medication and fruit juices. This step is called the SEAL AND HEAL. The purpose of the step is to heal the intestinal lining. The body has time to heal itself by producing the lactase enzyme naturally. cure-for-lactose-intolerance-step2
  3. SUBSTITUTE: During the elimination period, substitute milk with either almond, goat milk, rice milk or coconut milk. Instead of using butter user coconut oil, which is very healthy and has many benefits apart from being gentle to the sensitive digestive system. Please stay away from soy, it causes imbalance with your hormones and does not promote “Seal and Heal”.cure-for-lactose-intolerance
  4.  HEAL: Now for how to actually fix the gut. Grunewald recommends bone broth, prebiotics, probiotics, apple cider vinegar and fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, and kombucha on a daily basis. There is no restriction in the daily dose, so the more you eat the quicker the fix to the gut.cure-for-lactose-intolerance
  5. REINTRODUCE: After six months, slowly introduce dairy in your diet. First begin with a couple of teaspoon of yoghurt. Yoghurt naturally breaks down the lactose making it gentle to the digestive system. Thereafter, begin with other foods in baby steps. Begin with cheese, a low lactose content dairy product. Start with a small serving, and slowly increase the servings after three days. Monitor the reaction, and this will indicate how well your gut has healed. If there is a positive reaction, follow the aforementioned procedure with a lactose content greater than cheese such as milk. Just remember, even if your gut has healed – remember to eat dairy products in moderation.cure-for-lactose-intolerance

If anyone has tried this method, I would love to hear from you. Please free to comment below.

8 thoughts on “Lactose Intolerance and Cure

  1. Emily

    hi there!
    Wow I had never heard of this method to cure lactose intolerance. I have heard of it for people with IBS though. I do not tolerate lactose well. I have been using rice milk forever now. But I can tolerate a bit of cheese and yogurt. Not daily but still. I try to find substitutes wherever I can but I had not thought of cake icing for example as containing lactose. I think that reintroducing products very slowly is the way to go. After your gut has had time to heal of course. How do fermented foods help exactly?

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    1. admin

      Hi Emily

      Yogurt, especially Greek yogurt acts as a source of probiotics. These probiotics are good bacteria that improve digestion and protect the gut from bad bacteria. The good bacteria is called lactobacillus, obtained from the fermentation of milk into yogurt.

      I hope this answers your question.

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  2. Hindy Pearson

    Hi, Being lactose intolerant myself I enjoyed your post. I was never “officially” diagnosed, I just learned from experience. I had no idea it was possible to heal your gut, it would certainly be an interesting experiment! I don’t eat dairy too often since I try and have most meals vegan, but when I do have it I just take lactose pills and can eat whatever I want. Did you not mention them for a reason?

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    1. admin

      Hi Hindy,

      Thank you for your response. The idea is to allow your gut to naturally develop the lactase enzyme. Feeding your body the artificial lactase enzyme will just make it lazy to reproduce the enzyme on its own. For example an analogy, if we feed our bodies with laxatives, our body will become so dependent to it that naturally our body will not make effort to make our tummy work. Hope this answers your question.

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  3. Helen

    Hi
    I found this article very interesting. I have not heard of this method and like Hindy said I just take a pill. After that I am all good. I have to tell you that 6 months is a very long time without dairy products I have it daily. What do you think about starting off maybe for a few weeks than a month or 2 to get to 6 months eventually?

    Helen

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    1. Uwais Post author

      Hi Helen,

      Well, I think it better to go six months straight. Our bodies take time to heal properly. Doing it on and off won’t get us anywhere.

      However, am sure the gut will heal to a certain extent doing it the way you described

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  4. Milu

    I am lactose intolerant and manage well with Lactaid.
    I never have symptoms with butter, cream or mature cheese such and parmesan, gruyere etc etc. because I´ve been told that ell these products do not contain lactose.
    Is this true? Or is it necessary to eliminate every dairy product even though they don´t contain lactose?
    Thanks for your answer

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    1. Uwais Post author

      Hi
      Based on the study and the method developed it is essential to totally remove dairy from your diet even if it does not show any symptoms of lactose intolerance. Remember you want to rebuild the enzyme in the gut with no disturbance at all – so eating dairy with minimal lactose still means the enzymes in the body need to process it causing a “disturbance”.

      Hope this answers your question.

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