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It’s Not Lactose Intolerance—You’re Just Not A Baby Cow

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Let’s talk about one of the most common problems people have with milk: lactose intolerance. Did you know that 65% of the world’s population is lactose intolerant? Yep–that’s 2 out of every 3 human beings on the planet. Not at all abnormal.

Here’s the deal.

When babies are born they produce an enzyme called lactase which enables them to digest lactose (the sugar in mama’s milk). But once babies move on to solid food and wean from mom, most stop producing that enzyme (lactase) because it’s no longer needed. 

“Lactose intolerance” is the name we give this completely natural inability to digest milk beyond the first few years of life. The problem comes in when an adult consumes dairy long after they’ve weaned from their own mother. Their body may revolt with unpleasant side effects such as gas, bloating, cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. This isn’t a sign of body dysfunction, but rather of being a normal adult.

Are you still drinking cow’s milk? Perhaps it’s time to wean. 😉It’s easier than ever today with all the plant-based milk, vegan cheese, non-dairy butter, and dairy-free yogurt, you can find at the supermarket. 

I know it can be challenging at first though as you try to figure out how to replace all the dairy products you’ve relied on throughout your life. If you need help letting go of dairy, we make it easy over at The 12-Day Dairy Detox.

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