If you’ve noticed yourself feeling ‘off’ after eating dairy, it may be because you’re intolerant to lactose. In today’s article, we’re going to look at how you can test for lactose intolerance and more inportantly how to do a lactose intolerance test at home. But first, let’s look at what lactose is and what symptoms you might experience if you’re lactose intolerant.
Lactose is a sugar found in all dairy and dairy products.
Lactose intolerance occurs when you don’t digest lactose properly. This happens when you don’t have enough enzyme lactase to break down and absorb the lactose.
Lactose is one of the FODMAP sugars that have identified and extensively researched by Monash University. FODMAPs are sugars that are poorly absorbed and can cause symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Monash University found that avoiding these sugars could help improve symptoms in three out of four people with IBS.
If you are intolerant to lactose, you may experience symptoms like:
Lactose intolerance mainly affects the digestive system, though other non-digestive symptoms may include:
There are several ways to test for lactose intolerance. Some of these are more time-consuming and labour-intensive than others. Let’s look at each of them and how they might be beneficial.
Like the one we offer at Intolerance Lab, the hair intolerance test is a quick and non-invasive way to check for food intolerances. It can also be done at any age and you can do this lactose intolerance test at home. To do the test, simply order it online HERE, and post a sample of your hair to our lab. The test looks at over 350 foods and 350 non-food items that you may be reacting to. Results that are rated at 85% or more are positive – which means that they are the foods or items that you are most likely reacting to. Once our lab receives your sample, you can expect your results to be emailed to you within three days.
Today we looked at what lactose intolerance is and the symptoms you might experience if you are lactose intolerant. We then explored the different ways that you can test for lactose intolerance. We looked at the uses and benefits of some of these tests, as well as how they are conducted. One of the tests we discussed is our simple hair intolerance test that you can do from home and receive the results of over 700 intolerance triggers within three days. To order the test, simply click HERE and do a lactose intolerance test at home.