May 2021 | Issue IV
Living with Lactose 101
Good Evening Dairy Dreamers 🙇🏽♂️
Welcome back to our fourth instalment of our weekly series, Living with Lactose!
Now it’s time to try something new!
Here’s to another week full of advice, tips and hints on aiding your digestion and helping our tastebuds explore - letting us all seize the day 🐮
In our fourth weekly series, we'll be exploring:
➕ the similarities and symptoms of lactose intolerance, IBS & non-coeliac gluten sensitivity.
➕ our new weekly features – Quote of the Week, Restaurant of the Week & Indulgence of the Week 🌍
There's a million ways to maximise one of the world’s most basic, yet important pleasures, and we're here to guide you and keep you informed every step of the way 🕺🏽
Quote of the Week: Jessica Kirkland
"True love is like butter – there are no substitutes for the REAL thing" 💙
Surreal Symptoms: IBS, Lactose Intolerance & NCGS
Over the past 8 weeks we’ve had multiple messages from those suffering with Lactose Intolerance, IBS & Gluten Sensitivity.
Interestingly, those with IBS may find themselves naturally Lactose Intolerant AND Sensitive to Gluten (non-coeliac gluten sensitivity – NCGS).
Whilst most of us will only ever suffer from one intolerance, a sensitive body may have more intolerances than we’d first realise – that’s why we felt it was so important that we explore these different conditions and their symptomatic similarities!
Hopefully, anyone that may be struggling more than they’d like, can gain some certainty around why they may be feeling how they are. Giving us the ability to take positive steps to ease our pain and keep enjoying life to the max 💡
Lactose Intolerance 🥛
As we should know by now, Lactose Intolerance is caused by our inability to break down lactose, the sugar in milk.
This inability is caused by the fact that, as we grow older, we produce less lactase, the enzyme that breaks down lactose. This is because our bodies forget to keep us protected outside childhood since we’re no longer drinking our mother’s milk.
Problems begin to arise when the lactose gets to the large intestine undigested, showing us why it’s important we supplement the body with a lactase enzyme like ours that can effectively handle ALL the dairy in your food, so you don’t have to.
Bloating, diarrhoea, stomach cramps and pains, nausea, headaches, and gas.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 😡
IBS is a functional gastrointestinal disorder characterized by a group of symptoms accompanied together that include abdominal pain and changes in the consistency of bowel movements.
It is believed that 15-45% of humans globally suffer from IBS.
Much like Lactose Intolerance, IBS is diagnosed based on symptoms and once other potential conditions have been ruled out, such as Coeliac Disease, which would be evident from a combination of blood antibody tests and intestinal biopsies.
Whilst the causes of IBS are unclear, symptoms in up to 90% of people are brought on by food intolerances. This means that probiotic food enzymes, such as lactase, may greatly improve symptoms.
Bloating, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, constipation, fatigue, anxiety, depression, reflux, headache, and backache.
About 1/3rd of adults who have IBS also report sexual dysfunction, typically in the form of a reduction in libido.
Non-Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) 🥐
NCGS is a difficult condition to deal with as it effectively arises from symptoms not perfectly matching one condition and coeliac disease/wheat allergy being ruled out (the patient testing negative).
People with NCGS may experience symptoms similar to coeliac disease but they tend to not suffer from the same level of irreparable damage, as, opposed to coeliac disease, it rarely triggers an autoimmune reaction and accompanying intestinal cell damage.
It is estimated that NCGS affects 10-15% of the population, being the most common syndrome of gluten-related disorders.
As NCGS is so hard to diagnose, it is usually a condition that practitioners give as a conclusion once all other options have been exhausted. This means it can frustratingly feel like it remains in a “no man’s land”, lacking recognition by specialists and sharing a close relationship with IBS.
Abdominal pain, headaches, bone or joint pain, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, depression, chronic fatigue.
Bloating – Diarrhoea – Stomach Cramps/Pains – Nausea – Gas - Headaches
Illustrating why taking a guess at your intolerance isn’t as easy as we all think.
As a company, we’ll endeavour to research and test different products that can help us conquer all our digestive issues, until then, we’ll keep you informed, always.
Restaurant of the Week: The Cheese Wheel, Camden 🧀
Sometimes the most simple and fresh creations are the best, and this can’t be truer than for The Cheese Wheel in Camden, London.
Having already received numerous lists such as Best Cheese Dish from the Evening Standard, Best Pasta from Timeout London and having been featured on Netflix, I’m sure we don’t need to underline just how sensational freshly made pasta lovingly created in a cheese wheel can be 😍
Indulgence of the Week: The Cronut 🌍
Pastry chef Dominique Ansel created this beautifully complex croissant-doughnut hybrid in his New York bakery in 2013. Shortly after, he released his recipe for aspiring bakers worldwide so that they could attempt the three-day grind that comes with creating such an awe-inspiring work of art.
Our example comes from the elite Medicine Bakery in Birmingham, who took Ansel’s original creation and ran with it, making a Cronut juggernaut that just looks too good to miss, making it our Indulgence of the Week 🥳
See You Next Week!
Dairy is such an unavoidable and enjoyable fact of life we started a business just so we could focus on it 😎 supplying high quality lactase tablets that ensure you’re prepared for any indulgence, and any occasion, that life might throw at you! 🥳✨
We hope we’ve managed to give some dairy enlightenment on such a dull Tuesday!
See you next week Dairy Dreamers 🤩