Dear << Test First Name >>,
Lactose is commonly known as milk sugar and is composed of two simpler sugars, glucose and galactose. When we are infants, we typically produce an enzyme called lactase that breaks the lactose into these simple sugars, which are then absorbed in the cells of our small intestine. So, what is it that goes wrong?
For some reason, a large proportion of the world’s population stop producing the enzyme lactase in early childhood and therefore lose the ability to digest lactose. They then develop a condition known as lactose intolerance in which the lactose is not digested in the small intestines but goes to the large intestine where it is fermented by the bacteria. This can cause symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, and gas. Most Americans, whose origins are from Northern Europe, don’t have this condition, perhaps because of a gene mutation long ago.
In Ayurveda, milk is an important food. Why then has lactose intolerance become such a problem? Is it due to the way milk is now being treated? Is it because of our imbalanced microbiome? We simply don’t know the answers to these question. But if you are having problems, we recommend that you talk to a qualified integrative doctor or a gut expert, get tested, experiment, and biohack to find out what works best for your particular physiology.
Khloe Kardashian –
I’m obsessed with cheese and milk, but eliminating them from my diet made the biggest difference. In a month and a half, I lost 11 pounds just from not eating dairy, without doing anything else different, and that totally blew my mind.
Try to stop eating milk products for several weeks and see how you feel. Then start eating milk products again and notice any differences in how you feel. You can always switch to lactose-free milk, or plant-based milks such as soy milk, rice milk, almond milk, or coconut milk. We talk about this in detail in The Rest and Repair Diet.
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New Audible version of The Rest and Repair Diet
Website at biohacklongevity.com.
Article: Improving the Gut Microbiome
- Gut Crisis: How Diet, Probiotics, and Friendly Bacteria Help You Lose Weight and Heal Your Body and Mind by Robert Keith Wallace, PhD, and Samantha Wallace, Dharma Publications, 2017
- The Rest And Repair Diet: Heal Your Gut, Improve Your Physical and Mental Health, and Lose Weight by Robert Keith Wallace, PhD, Samantha Wallace, Andrew Stenberg, MA, Jim Davis, DO, and Alexis Farley, Dharma Publications, 2019
Wishing you great good health and happiness,
Dr Robert Keith Wallace and The Biohack Longevity, Doc Gut, Dosha Guru, and Dharma Parenting Teams