Did You Take Dairy out of your Life? Try Our 4-Day Challenge to get it back.

Have you said au revoir to dairy and you miss your creamy treats?  Take our 4-day Challenge. It might not be over for you and dairy yet. Our yogurt is well tolerated by those with mild lactose intolerance because our live, active cultures are eating away the majority of lactose, naturally.

If you've been told you can't eat dairy, find out why.   

First, don't confuse lactose intolerance with a milk allergies. Lactose intolerance is when you can't digest lactose, the sugar found in dairy ingredients- when you do, you get symptoms like stomach pain, gas, and diarrhea.

With a milk allergy, the symptoms are more extreme as your body treats milk as a foreign invader and attacks it by releasing histamines leading to symptoms from wheezing problems to vomiting and diarrhea.  If your doctor has officially diagnosed you with a milk ALLERGY, then this challenge may not be for you. 

Lactose intolerance, on the other hand, can be caused by a few things* and some of them are transient and may go away or be minimized over time with care.  Causes may include: 

·         Viral or bacterial infections
·         Any illness that causes severe diarrhea
·         Drugs used to treat cancer
·         Stress
·         Diseases that affect the small intestine, like celiac disease or Crohn's disease

The first four causes may disappear over time.  It's up to you to periodically check to see. You can try it most safely with yogurt that contains LIVE, ACTIVE CULTURES.  It's important that you choose a yogurt with live, active cultures, because that is what will help protect your digestive system. 

Several doctors refer their patients to yogurt to help ease back in to dairy because live active cultures can often be tolerated by lactose-intolerant individuals. 

During this 4-day challenge, do not consume any other forms of milk!

DAY 1:  Take one spoonful of yogurt and monitor your digestive system over the next hour. Your symptoms may reveal themselves on DAY 1 but if it's tolerable, continue on as your body may acclimate by DAY 4. 

DAY 2:  Even if you had a slightly upset stomach the first day, try another spoonful (or move up to 3-4 oz if you did not suffer symptoms on DAY 1). Gradually increase amounts if days 1 and 2 were successful.  If not, stick with a spoonful. 

DAY 3:  This is the day where your body may be detoxing and eliminating so hold tight, as it can often be the worst day -- you only have one more day!

DAY 4: This is the final evaluation day.  Take your last "dose" of yogurt and if you still suffer symptoms, it might not be time yet.  But if you are okay by Day 4, you can start regularly eating yogurt and perhaps gradually introducing other dairy forms. 

As you experiment with dairy variations, remember that cultured milk products like yogurt or buttermilk with active live cultures cause fewer symptoms because they contain bacteria that help break down the lactose. But products without active live cultures, including frozen yogurt, may be more difficult to digest.

* Mayo Clinic on Lactose Intolerance

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Kris Fuehr