Why You Need To Avoid Dairy If You Suffer With IBS.
Dr Richard Hagmeyer NeuroMetabolic Solutions, Naperville IL
For over a hundred years milk has been hailed as a wonder food for years based on the flawed belief that this protein and “calcium rich” drink is essential to support health, strengthen our bones and prevent osteoporosis. In fact most people in the Western World believe that we won’t be able to develop healthy teeth and strong bones without it. But if you suffer with allergies, food sensitivities, Chronic pain, Chronic Fatigue, autoimmune conditions or IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) you may not know just how dangerous Dairy or Dairy-Gluten cross reactivity can be. When I work with patients suffering with IBS, eliminating Dairy is one of the essential 10 Keys to curing IBS.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects millions of people and often goes undiagnosed. It’s symptoms are similar and have overlap with many other diseases and conditions. Those who deal with it know it can be painful, embarrassing and, in some cases, debilitating.
While there are many drugs to treat the symptoms of IBS, One of the Ten keys in curing IBS will be to identify Milk, Milk-Gluten Cross Reactivity and Food Sensitivities. At the Naperville Institute For NeuroMetabolic Solutions, I have outlined 10 Causes to IBS,Which I Call the 10 keys. These 10 Causes if addressed properly, is the key to Curing and getting Relief from IBS Relief.
A common thread among many IBS sufferers is a sensitivity to Dairy. Lets clear this up by saying that if you suffer with IBS, you want to avoid these IBS Food Triggers Milk, Cheese, Sour cream, Butter, Cream cheese, Ice cream, Kefir, Yogurt, Whey, Milk Powders.
You can read an article here on all the hidden sources of where you may find Milk Proteins.
It is estimated that 75% of adults worldwide show some decrease in lactase activity during adulthood.
If you suffer with IBS you should avoid Dairy for a number of reasons. One of these reasons may be a sensitivity to the sugars found in milk known as lactose. Other IBS sufferers have an intolerance to the proteins found in milk namely Whey and Casein. Many Others who suffer with IBS have sensitivities to Gluten and suffer from cross reactivity between gluten and milk or gluten and many other foods (see diagram below). Advanced testing has now uncovered this to be a significant cause and reason as to why many IBS sufferers fail to improve when they only eliminate milk but continue to eat gluten. If you suffer with IBS then there is a good chance you are also Gluten Sensitive or you are suffering from Gluten-Milk Cross Reactivity …..despite your Blood Tests.
learn more here about testing For Gluten
Learn more about Gluten Cross Reactivity
Nobody can deny that cow’s milk is an excellent food source………….for baby cows! Weighing in at around 100 pounds at birth, a calf gains around 8X its weight by the time it is weaned. Once weaned, a calf NEVER drinks milk again, and neither does any other mammalian species on the planet, except humans who once weaned from their mothers breast milk begin consuming milk designed for another species.
What is Lactose Intolerant or Lactose Intolerance?
Lactose intolerance, also called lactase deficiency and hypolactasia, is the inability to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and to a lesser extent milk-derived dairy products. It is estimated that over 75% of adults are lactose intolerant and don’t even know it.
Lactose intolerant individuals have insufficient levels of lactase, the enzyme that metabolizes or breaks down lactose into glucose and galactose, in their digestive system. In most cases this causes symptoms such as abdominal bloating and cramps, gas, diarrhea, nausea, borborygmi (rumbling stomach), or vomitingafter consuming significant amounts of lactose.
Studies and my clinical experience suggests that milk consumption is a major contributing forcebehind the symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome.)
Most mammals normally become lactose intolerant after weaning, but human populations have developed lactose intolerance.
IF you suffer with IBS Then there is a good chance you are also Gluten sensitive or suffer from Gluten Cross Reactivity …..despite Your Blood Tests.
Studiesshow that about 50% of Casein (protein found in milk) sensitive patients also have a problem with a protein called Gluten. This may be part of the reason that so many IBS sufferers do not improve by just by eliminating Dairy. Your IBS symptoms might be related to Gluten sensitivity. The problem is that most conventional testing as it relates to gluten sensitivity does not pick up on the other proteins that make up gluten.
There are many proteins and foods that are “considered safe” for the gluten sensitive individuals but may actually be exacerbating the immune response, causing inflammation within the GI system. This is why special testing that looks at Cross Reactivity is so vital. Cross Reactivity means there may not be gluten antibodies present in the body, but there may be other antibodies for other foods that are causing the same reaction.
Many IBS sufferers Also Find They have problems with the foods you see below.
Our office offers these Advanced Tests and If you are more interested in having this test performed contact our office here.
Each person suffering with IBS, Celiac, Crohn’s or any other GI problem has a different set of mechanisms or causes. Our office will customize a GI Restoration Program that is tailored to your individual needs based on advanced 21st Century testing.
Summary: Eventually mainstream providers will catch up and recognize that IBS can arise for many different reasons, and when we address all the factors, patients can see real relief and real results.
Any two people may have the same symptoms, but for two different reasons. This is why conventional medicine is perplexed by Chronic Health problems. Functional Medicine Takes a different approach. Realizing that your body and it’s system are integrated, It only makes sense to look at testing that reveals each patients unique physiology.
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- Learn more about Gluten Cross Reactivity
- How Antibiotics cause IBS not Cure IBS
- You can read an article here on all the hidden sources of where you may find Milk Proteins.
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