Home remedies for lactose intolerance

Published: Dec 16 2013 02:46:59 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 02 2014 02:57:57 PM EST

By Mayo Clinic News Network

Eat fewer dairy products
People with lactose intolerance can reduce their signs and symptoms by eating fewer dairy products.

For many, dairy products are a convenient way to get vitamins and nutrients, such as calcium. Giving up dairy products doesn't mean you can't get enough calcium. Calcium is found in many other foods, such as:

If you forgo all dairy products, it's also important to make sure you get enough vitamin D. There aren't too many foods with significant amounts of vitamin D, but eggs, liver and yogurt contain vitamin D. Your body also makes vitamin D when exposed to the sun. But, this doesn't happen when you're wearing sunscreen, which is necessary for protecting your skin from skin cancer.

Ask your doctor for a referral to a dietitian who can help you plan your meals. And, ask your doctor if you need to take calcium or vitamin D supplements.

Use caution if you choose to eat dairy products
It may not be necessary to completely avoid dairy foods. Most people with lactose intolerance can enjoy some milk products without symptoms. You may be able to tolerate low-fat milk products, such as skim milk, better than whole-milk products. It also may be possible to increase your tolerance to dairy products by gradually introducing them into your diet.

Ways to change your diet to minimize symptoms of lactose intolerance include:

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/lactose-intolerance/DS00530/DSECTION=lifestyle-and-home-remedies