Dairy withdrawal period

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 27, 2011 at 10:23 AM

If you're lactose intolerant, could you please comment on how long did it take you to stop having symptoms after applying elimination diet (no dairy). I want to test the assumption but don't know for how long should I go.

Also, what are the worst foods for and which ones are more or less ok?

What about grass-fed/grain-fed butter, cottage cheese and cream? Are hey as bad for you as milk?

Thank you!



on September 28, 2011
at 03:26 AM

John, reading your last few posts, if you keep eliminating foods there will be nothing left :)

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on September 27, 2011
at 12:31 PM

I'm very lactose intolerant. Even trace amounts will mess me up. It takes a solid week to two weeks to see symptoms (digestive issues, seborrheic dermatitis) to clear up.

I really have to eliminate all dairy, including butter, cottage cheese and cream. They aren't as bad as milk, but they cause symptoms to return, nonetheless.



on September 28, 2011
at 01:12 AM

I'm lactose intolerant, but can digest raw milk just fine.

For me, symptoms generally take 24-48 hours to clear.

I can eat butter & heavy cream, no problem, as well as hard cheese. Otherwise, I go for lactose-free kefir & sour cream.

From the other answer, it looks like there is a continuum of symptoms.

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