Years ago I was talking to my dad and telling him about all the wonderful stomach pains I had been having. He then let me know that he was lactose intolerant and thought I may need to test some things to see if that’s what was bothering me. I started paying attention to what i ate before my stomach started bothering me and it seemed that it was every time I ate cheese, milk, yogurt, ice cream and pizza….yep it looked like dairy was bothering me.
My first step was to buy some chew-able Lactaid tablets. I spent two weeks not eating any dairy at all and then when I did the first time ate a pill…..no problems. The next time I skipped the pill and the horrible stomach cramps followed by some time on the toilet ensued. Ok pretty sure at this point I was lactose intolerant. There are a few tests that a doctor can do but for the most part it is trial and error. I have found that the chew-able tablets work better than the caplets…..although sometimes its hard to choke down because they are a strong vanilla flavor.
Moving on. When I first figured out Lactose was a problem there wasn’t much out on the market like there is today. The pills were about your only option. As time went on though more companies began to realize that this was a BIG problem. In the past it was rare for people to have this issue but as time passes more and more people are having issues with lactose. I then ran into Digestive advantage and it is amazing! I don’t remember how you begin these pills but I believe for a week you don’t eat any dairy and you take 2 of these a day then on your second week you can eat dairy and only take one a day from then on. These allowed me to tolerate small amounts of lactose without the pain and issues as before. I could have a slice of pizza without a problem…..however I could NOT have 5 scoops of ice cream…..over did it that time! But for the record I was really excited.
Here is where life goes from better to amazing! Another company researched the lactose problem and decided that although Lactaid had come out with milk, cottage cheese, ice cream and a number of other product that are lactose free those items are also expensive. So they developed drops that you drop into your milk, sour cream, cream cheese and heavy creams and in 24 hours the drops breakdown the lactose in the dairy to simple sugars that your body can digest easily without the pain and suffering.
All of these items can be ordered from Amazon. The pills can be bought at Wal-Mart and other grocery stores but so far the drops i have had to order. We put one dropper full in our gallon of milk a week and none of us have any problems. The drops last for a good 3-4 months and are usually between 11-13 dollars. The Lactaid milk can be 5 dollars for 3/4 gallon. I started doing the drops because i was tired of spending so much on milk when i didn’t have to. Once I began doing the drops I started making cheeses and ice creams. Those recipes can be found in my blog in the lactose free area. It really all just depends how much effort you want to put into things. I personally don’t like taking pills so I opted for the drops when we found out about them.
Good luck and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. I have had this problem for about 20 years now. I am sure there are a lot of people who know more than me about this issue but it took me forever to find the information. I wanted to come on here and give you what I had in one place. I will also come in and update this if someone asks a question and i think it needs to be discussed more in length.