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Recently I have discovered to have severe lactose intolerance, since every other food in market have milk component and because of my job I have to take food outside. Now I have been advised to take Lactaid caplets which I have already ordered but will still take 20 days to be delivered from US. I oftenly feel bloated and flautence is common. Can anyone please suggest me alternate to Lactaid which is available in India.

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Hi lybrate-user, There is no lactose intolerance treatment because it is not possible to increase the production of lactase in the body. Health care measures therefore involve controlling the symptoms of lactose intolerance by restricting the consumption of dairy products. There are many lactose-free foods available for individuals with lactose intolerance. Home remedies for lactose intolerance include: / Cocoa powder is known to aid in the digestion of lactose. Cocoa slows down the rate at which the stomach empties and hence reduces the amount of lactose that enters the system. This helps to control the symptoms of lactose intolerance. / Sardines are an excellent calcium source and are good for people who cannot consume milk and dairy products. Other foods that are rich in calcium include salmon, dark green leafy vegetables, sesame seeds and dried apricots. / Chocolate contains calcium which is easily absorbed and people with lactose intolerance will be able to tolerate it better than regular milk. / Hard cheeses have lower levels of lactose content than softer cheeses such as cottage and cream cheese. / Substitute cows milk with soy milk. It may take a while to get used to the taste, but it will not cause lactose intolerance. If you don't like drinking plain soy milk, you can add it to recipes that require milk. / Yogurt contains active cultures that have high amounts of calcium and hence are beneficial for individuals with lactose intolerance. Studies show that the bacterial cultures found in yogurt produce some amount of lactase enzyme that is necessary for proper digestion. / Saffron is an expensive herb that helps to eliminate toxins from the bloodstream. Saffron also helps in digestion and improving circulation to the digestive organs such as the spleen, liver and gallbladder. The herb forms a coating over the membranes of the colon, small intestine and stomach and this helps to prevent digestive problems. It also prevents the formation of gas in the stomach and thus relieves the symptoms of lactose intolerance. / Chamomile is a beneficial natural treatment for some of the symptoms of lactose intolerance such as stomach aches, intestinal spasms, gas, diarrhea and bloating and cramps. You can even consume chamomile as an herbal tea. / Ginger helps to soothe pain and cramps arising from digestive problems. You can use powdered ginger root to prepare a beneficial tea. You can also add ginger to foods while cooking. Hope this helps. Good Luck.
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