Couple weeks ago, I have decided to watch what I eat and how my body responds to it. I have noticed my body reacts to milk and dairy products differently, but I have never considered it might be caused by processing lactose. There are days I can eat dairy products in all my meals and there are days when even a small yoghurt can make me bloated or gassy for the whole day. Today I have learnt I might be lactose intolerant at some point.
Summer has already arrived in my area, meaning the temperature have not got under 30°C for several days causing hot and like when a storm is brewing air. It is impossible to get your beauty sleep without an AC. Sadly, we do not have any.
Thanks to difficult sleeping conditions and the fact the working week is coming to an end, I woke up extremely exhausted this morning. My concentration and ability to think was at the lowest level you can imagine. Therefore, I needed to a refill of caffeine. My choice fell on iced coffee – it would cool me down and dose up with caffeine.
All iced coffee drinks you can buy in a supermarket include some type of milk. Even when it is a classic black. I believe it is a concentrate of powdered milk or something like that.
Soon enough I regretted my actions. Barely 30 minutes after I chugged the 250ml bottle of iced coffee the result had arrived. My concentration was at the highest but not thanks to the caffeine. I was bloated, had belly pain, cramps and unfortunately even diarrhea. It got uncomfortable, because having such pain anywhere is terrible but being in pain at work is simply…uncomfortable.
Honestly, I am happy I got home in one piece, but the digestive difficulties are remaining. This is a good lecture that I really should listen to my body and avoid dairy products. Especially milk. It is going to be difficult, because I am a vegetarian and my diet consists mostly of cheese and yoghurts. I believe I am lactose intolerant only at some point and I may eat dairy products in limited amount. I guess, there is no other way to find out than to try it out.
Does anybody suffer with similar problems here? What are your experiences? Is there anything to ease the symptoms (in the case they appear again)? In better case to even stop them? Would drinking a black or herb tea help? Dark chocolate or banana maybe? Or do you have to wait it out till the body gets rids of „the bad stuff “?
I suppose there are a lot of things I must learn now… Since I have been suffering various problems that affect my diet, I am quite nervous about this one. Soon enough there will barely be anything I can eat…