Q. You’ve heard from a lot of people with bad indigestion. I used to be one of them. One day quite by accident I forgot to buy milk. To my surprise the next day the indigestion disappeared. Since I have given up milk, I can literally eat anything, even Mexican food, without difficulty. I now use lactose-free milk and soy yogurt. I hope this helps others.

A. Many adults have difficulty digesting lactose, the sugar in milk. For them, lactose can cause bloating, cramping or diarrhea in addition to indigestion. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  1. DP
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    I’m one of those who can’t tolerate conventional Milk.
    Gas, bloating, cramps, the works. Several years ago, we bought raw milk from a farmer, and both my husband and I were able to digest it without the usual problems. We had tried lactose free and lactose intolerant tablets but they didn’t work. Now we buy Dairy milk from our local healthfood store. It comes from a local Dairy that pasterize and process their milk themselves (and delicious Ice Cream!) We have no problems from the pasturized dairy milk. I read recently that the additive, carageenen, distrubed some people’s digestive tract. Maybe that’s what bothered my husband and me. Whatever, I just can’t drink regular, non-organic milk.

  2. Chris
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    We find drinking organic milk really makes a difference. A friend who had gastric upset whenever drinking milk told us about the organic milk at Costco, which never bothered her, so we tried it. Now we’re regular milk drinkers, where we couldn’t drink it much before.

  3. pcm
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    I have experienced the same problem. I found that lactose free milk and rice milk work well for me. Either is good on cereal.

  4. PG
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    I was having digestive upsets all the time, too. I finally realized it was the milk I was drinking. I quit using milk and used Almond or rice milk after that. I was doing fine, but really missed milk on my cereal.
    I remembered when my grandchild had problems with expelling gas all the time. His mother was giving him 2% milk. Then I read somewhere that children need whole fat and that they will have gas with the low fat.
    I told her, she put him on whole milk and he was fine after that. Remembering that, I thought I would give whole milk a try. It was so wonderful to have milk and cereal again! It didn’t bother me at all. Now I use whole milk sparingly and do well.

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