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Probiotics & Digestive Enzymes

I have a few digestive issues; one being that I am lactose intolerant. I take a probiotic but haven’t seen much luck since I started taking it 3 months ago. Should I be taking it once a day or more than that? Also, I was considering adding a digestive enzyme as well. Should I be taking them together? How many do I take?

Answer:

Firstly you may want to check the ingredients of your probiotic, some probiotics contain lactose, which could trigger your symptoms. If it does, there are lactose free probiotics available. Digestive enzymes can be a useful option, Lactase is the enzyme responsible for breaking down lactose and you may want to investigate trying it. It can be purchased as drops and can then be added to milk which has to be left for 24 hours for the enzyme to do its work. Of course this is not suitable for other solid dairy products such as cheese for example. A lactase supplement is also available which can be eaten at the same time. The benefits that people find from them is quite variable. You may also want to look at lactose free milk alternatives such as Rice milk, and there are now some lactose free cheese products available.

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