Everyone and their dog seem to have special dietary requirements now. They can’t eat this or that food because it causes this or that symptom. The public seems to be becoming increasingly aware of the importance of eating the right foods to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Where previously symptoms might have prompted a trip to your GP, it is becoming increasingly apparent that some of the most common symptoms people are regularly experiencing are caused by the foods and drinks they’re consuming.
You might also have noticed that the “free-from foods” sections, hosting various foods with alternative ingredients to help people with food sensitivities and intolerances, have grown from one or two shelves to entire aisles of shelves, fridges and freezers. The market for alternative foods seems to be growing exponentially and shows no sign of slowing down. Some food intolerances are particularly prevalent and, as a result, have seen many alternative foods hit the market. One of these is dairy. With more and more people discovering they’re intolerant to dairy, the dairy-free market has boomed in recent years. But how do you know if you’re intolerant to dairy?
How Do You Know If You’re Intolerant To Dairy?
Dairy intolerance is more common than you’d think with as many as 65% of people potentially intolerant to dairy products. This makes it more likely you’re intolerant to dairy than not. But how do you know if you’re intolerant to dairy, what should you look out for? Here are some of the symptoms most commonly reported by sufferers:
- Stomach rumbling and cramps
If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms when you eat or drink dairy, there’s a very good chance you’re living with an unidentified dairy intolerance. But how can you be sure? With intolerance symptoms taking up to 72 hours to show, it could be anything you consume within the 72 hours up until symptoms appear. The best way to be sure that you’re intolerant to dairy is intolerance testing.
Intolerance testing will help you identify foods and non-foods that could be causing you a range of symptoms including bloating, fatigue, headaches, rashes and digestive distress. You can find a variety of intolerance testing to suit all budgets here.