• Living With Lactose Intolerance

    What's New

    There are now lactase enzyme products that you can now purchase to help your body digest lactose. These can be purchased at your local pharmacy without a prescription. Lactose-reduced milk and milk-products are also now available at most grocery stores.

    Managing Your Symptoms

    If a person is lactose intolerant, the best treatment is to avoid dairy products. It is not possible to change how much lactase our bodies produce but there are strategies you may be able to use to increase your tolerance to lactose such as introducing small amount of milk and milk products until you notice your symptoms worsening or by combining your intake with other foods.  Many people with lactose intolerance will be able to enjoy milk, ice cream and other dairy products if taken in small amounts or with other food. Hard cheeses and yogurt may be tolerated better than other dairy products. 

    Treatment Options

    There are lactase enzymes available both in the pharmacy and health food stores which help minimize the effects of lactose intolerance. The commercially-produced, lactose-reduced milks are usually quite reliable and are well tolerated, as are milk substitutes such as rice milk or soya milk.

    Milk products are the primary sources of calcium and vitamin D. Anyone who avoids milk products should take calcium and vitamin D supplementation assuming an otherwise normal diet. Depending on your age, the recommended daily intake of calcium can range from about 200 mg in infants to 1,300 mg for children and adults.

Enhancing lifelong health

The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation believes our ability to help establish, enrich and protect a healthy gut microbiota is the key to lifelong health