It’s not uncommon to come across dudes in the gym complaining about an irritated or bloated stomach after consuming whey protein. In fact, it’s not only whey in particular but in some cases, milk also has the same effect on our digestive systems. A lot of people send us messages about this problem and ask us for alternatives. With this article, I’ll break down the cause of ‘milk or whey bloat’ and suggest an effective cure.
If You Feel Bloated After Consuming Milk Or Whey, You Are Lactose Intolerant
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Lactose is a type of sugar found in milk and is made up of two compounds called galactose and glucose. As much as up to 8% of milk is lactose. Since whey is a milk derivative, it also contains lactose. Once in the system, lactose is broken down (or digested) by an enzyme called lactase. Now, while some people have enough lactase production in their body, some have very little to none. Since their system isn’t able to actively break down lactose, the undigested lactose serves as fodder for gas producing gut bacteria which eventually causes diarrhea, bloating, farting and indigestion.
We Aren’t Born Lactose Intolerant But Develop This Condition While Growing Up
As infants and toddlers, we have immense lactose digestion capability. That’s why most kids have no issues consuming milk multiple times a day. The production of lactose, as a result of bad eating habits, tend to lower as we age. This leads to an increase in the degree of lactose intolerance.
How Do You Test Lactose Intolerance?
The most common symptoms are usually an upset stomach, bloating and continuous flatulence. Hydrogen testing is one of the most accurate medical tests to detect lactose intolerance. Another test is the lactose intolerance test. Both these tests are performed on acute lactose intolerant subjects.
A Cheap And Effective Solution
There’s a gut bacteria called the Lactobacillus Acidophilus that breaks down sugar (lactose in this case) into lactic acid. This strain of bacteria occurs naturally in our gastrointestinal tract and mouth. But then again, it isn’t produced enough in lactose intolerant people. Luckily, you can find it as a supplement and it isn’t very expensive. What Lactobacillus Acidophilus essentially does is that it breaks down lactose through the process of fermentation. That’s why milk and whey intolerants can easily break down cheese, paneer and curd.
So, in case you are lactose intolerant, this is the best bet to keep your stomach functioning properly. Now, please note that I am not saying that this will completely eradicate your problem. Lactose intolerance occurs at various degrees and your response to this depends on the severity of your condition.