Milk constipation is, perhaps, one of the most confusing constipation issues there is. Does milk give a person constipation, does it make a person go, does it make stool soft to the point of diarrhea, or does it simply do nothing at all. The simple answer is yes, to all of the above.
The more complicated answer, however, is that it depends on who you are. That includes how old you are, what your habits are and what your genetics are, among other things. So, let’s attempt to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding constipation and milk.
First of all, a lot has to do with the milk type. For example, many scientists indicate that milk from cows, especially whole milk, has the ability to bind people up. Whereas, skim milk or other milk varieties might be less likely to cause a constipation problem.
Of course, you don’t have to go with milk from cows at all. Soy milk, goat milk, or even camel milk are all becoming more widely used, these days. Soy milk, especially, has a reputation for being helpful to anyone who is having constipation problems with regular milk.
If your small intestine isn’t making enough lactase, which is an enzyme, it can lead to lactose intolerance. That means that your body may be unable to properly process lactose. Lactose is found in milk, cheese and dairy products, in general.
There can be a couple results of lactose intolerance. One is a binding effect. That can lead to bloating, cramping and a lack of bowel movements. The other is a “going straight through me” effect, which leads to diarrhea. In both cases, the lactose is not processed properly. Which symptom occurs depends on the individual person, however.
Combinations And Amounts
It’s also possible for certain milk combinations to cause either diarrhea, constipation or one followed by the other. For example, a glass of regular milk may not bother your digestion, but a glass of chocolate milk might. Alternatively, you might be triggered by ice cream or some other milk-containing food.
The amount of milk also factors into the equation. Again, a glass of milk might not bother you. Two or three glasses a day could bind you up, though. So, it’s important to be aware of that.
Milk And Babies
It’s also important to note that milk can cause constipation in babies, from time to time. However, milk from a cow is more likely to do that than a mother’s breast milk. The mother’s breast milk is much easier for most babies to digest.
When it comes to milk constipation in infants, the most difficult thing is probably knowing when an infant is constipated. On a mother’s breast milk, it’s actually natural for there to be less bowel movements than you might expect. So, if you really want to help your infant or baby, ask their pediatrician for constipation advice.
There are two ebooks that I’d like to point out to you for further information. The first one is the Constipation Help ebook which has 38 natural remedies for constipation along with other information about constipation.
The second book is the Great Taste No Pain ebook by Sherry Brescia.
This book is more broad in scope and describes a system for relieving digestive problems in general, including constipation and diverticulitis. The method basically teaches you food combining to improve your health and strength. Includes loads of recipies.