Food Intolerances and Digestive Health

Understanding Lactose Intolerance

Lactose intolerance is the inability of the body to digest lactose, which is the major sugar found in milk. It is caused by a shortage of an enzyme called lactase, which helps the body digest the lactose found in milk and other dairy products. Roughly 50 million Americans are lactose intolerant.

Lactose Intolerance Fact Sheet

What is lactose and lactose intolerance? Lactose is the sugar found in the milk of animal. Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest the lactose in milk and milk products. Lactase deficiency is the most common food intolerance in the world.

What are the symptoms of lactose intolerance? Symptoms differ from patient to patient…

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has a variety of symptoms, most commonly cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. Symptoms can vary from person to person, and may alternate between diarrhea and constipation.

IBS – Potentially Bothersome Foods

Some foods are often implicated as potentially bothersome to people suffering from IBS. The following list is not a recommendation of foods that all people with IBS should avoid. It is a brief listing of foods that some people with IBS find exacerbates their condition…

Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

When you swallow, food goes from your throat, down your esophagus, through the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), and into your stomach. When the LES does not close properly, the stomach contents leak back, or reflux, into the esophagus. Occasional heartburn is common, but heartburn that occurs more than two times per week may be considered GERD.

Diverticular Disease and Diet

Diverticulitis can result in abdominal pain, cramps, bloating, or constipation. The most common sign is tenderness around the left side of the lower abdomen. Fever, nausea, vomiting, chills, cramping, or constipation also can occur.

Managing Constipation

Constipation means that you have a hard time passing stools (bowel movements). People pass stools from 3 times a day to once every 3 days. What is normal for you may be different.