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 Gunewald, a holistic coach and expert in food intolerance. Jill Grunewald introduced a 5 step procedure to reproduce the lactase enzyme:
- 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.
- 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.
- SUBSTITUTE: During the elimination period, substitute milk with either almond, goat milk, rice milk or coconut milk. Instead of using butter use 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”.
- 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.
- 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.
If anyone has tried this method, I would love to hear from you. Please free to comment below.