Lactose Intolerance or just Carbohydrate Sensitivity?
Wonder why one day you just stopped tolerating milk, cheese or ice-cream? Often a new client will state they are lactose intolerance and add a sentence such as “I used to tolerate milk products just fine until the last few months or maybe even a year.” Then something happened.
Those with true lactose intolerance have usually had it for quite some time and know how to gauge how much dairy their body is able to tolerate. However, many individuals who think they are lactose intolerant are actually carbohydrate sensitive.
When someone with insulin resistance continues to eat a large percentage of their calories as carbohydrate, their body becomes more intolerant of all types of carbohydrate. If they consume a lot of starches made up of strings of glucose molecules such as rice, pasta, potatoes, cereal, etc. the sugar does not readily get into their cells.
As a result, they have various symptoms such as gas, bloating, reflux, fatigue, etc. that go along with insulin resistance. Add a sugar in the mix such as lactose and these symptoms become more of a problem.
Limiting starches and consuming carbohydrates from fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds can easily calm down the symptoms of insulin resistance and allow one to consume dairy products without a problem.
If you find yourself with symptoms of lactose intolerance try cutting out starches and desserts for a week or two and see what happens. I think you might be surprised at the results.
February 28, 2015 @ 6:06 pm
FINALLY i have some answers as to what is going on! I have never had issues with dairy, but I am IR (64 old femaie for 4 years been IR) My husband was diagnosed with cancer and my thoughts of myself went out the window. Went to gastro doc and now on gas-X and lactaid (which I hate!) so I’m trying to figure this out as to what I can eat and get back on IR diet. I did so well and then let myself go. I am so excited to see that it could be I have overdosed on carbs, (makes sense to me knowing what my diet was!) so I am going to work on getting back to behaving. Thanks susan, will keep you posted as things progress…