Are you allergic to milk or are you lactose intolerant?

When you have dairy, do you experience the following:

  • Headaches
  • Stomach Cramps
  • Bloating
  • Flatulence
  • Diarrhea

These are just a few symptoms that you can experience after ingesting dairy. The question is, does this happen within minutes or hours?

If you notice them within minutes of ingesting dairy then you are allergic. Your immune system can not tolerate dairy and sees milk protein as an enemy. It makes extra antibodies and reacts with these symptoms.

If within hours after ingesting dairy you get these or other symptoms then you are lactose intolerant. It’s possible to live all of your childhood able to drink milk and now you can’t. As you get older, you may no longer have the lactase enzyme that breaks lactose down. If it doesn’t break down, it stays in the system and acts like a laxative and can cause diarrhea, cramps, etc.

It’s possible to only be allergic to milk. There is a milk protein called whey. Some people can not tolerate whey but can consume dairy that doesn’t have whey in it like hard cheese. Lactose intolerant people may be able to ingest limited amounts of milk and other dairy at a time. Lactase enzyme pills are also available to help aid in digestion. They must be taken prior to ingesting dairy to help avoid the symptoms.