Ice cream and bloating

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judy02
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   Posted 5/5/2011 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone. Sorry I know this is not strictly speaking a "GERD question" but was hoping and thought someone might be able to help. Well I have had digestive issues for a long time now, and have to be fairly careful with what I eat, and not overdo it with certain foods.

To be honest, not sure if I am lactose intolerant or not (do these labels even matter sometimes?) but I think last night I just over did it, because I am usually ok with eating ice cream in sensible quantities :P But last night, I ate two bowl fulls of ice cream, which I think was too much, because I have been bloated ever since! :/ I am hoping it passes soon, but 24 hours seems like quite a while to have a bloated stomach, I'm just wondering if anyone has any ideas as to what might help ease the bloating sooner? Any food ideas, or OTC medications??

Will appreciate any suggestions! Thanks.

Alcie
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   Posted 5/5/2011 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Been there overdid that too. That's how I figured out it was really the lactose that was the problem. I can eat it but I'll get horrible gas if I don't gobble at least 4 Lactaid tabs, preferably before eating it. It can take 6 for the double whammy you gave yourself. Even though it's been a long time you could try the Lactaid. I find even drinking a small glass of Lactaid milk does the trick.

If you don't digest lactose anymore, you feed it to the gut bacteria who happily make lots of gas.

If you don't get relief with Lactaid now, or the next time you eat ice cream, you might begin to suspect milk proteins. You can get some Whey protein and mix that with something you eat or drink. If that gives you a problem you could see an allergist and get skin tested for milk allergy.

We can acquire allergies and intolerances all through our lives. Avoidance of the intolerance foods can let us eat them again later, in small quantities.

Start keeping a food diary or journal. Write down what you eat and drink, the times and any reactions you get within a couple of hours. (If you get migraines, you can look back up to 2 days.)
Alcie
 
 

judy02
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   Posted 5/6/2011 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Alcie. I have a fairly good idea now what my food sensitivities are and what I can and can't tolerate. I'm not usually too bad with dairy, as long as I don't overdo it and have loads in the way of cows milk or ice cream. I'm not a big fan of ice cream anyway, it's not one of the bad foods I usually crave, so it's not usually too much of a problem! ;) I probably wouldn't struggle that much to give it up.

Annoying how I still make mistakes from time to time. Hoping the bloating passes soon. I have a wheat intolerance too, grr.

I found some lactase enzyme pills in a store over here today, I hope they help, as still don't feel right. They don't seem to have lactaid over here (England) unless I order it online, and I'm feeling too impatient to wait that long ;)

I think it is lactose intolerance because too much milk or ice cream makes me bloated, yoghurt isn't as bad (which I've heard can be typical due to the bacteria present in yoghurt).

stkitt
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   Posted 5/6/2011 9:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey there Judy,
 
Nice to see you.  I don't get bloated from ice cream but it is one of my reflux issues for sure.  If I eat it at noon time I may still have trouble in the middle of the night.
 
I love ice cream so it is so hard for me to say no - but I am doing better.  I hope you figure this issue out.
 
Gentle Hugs,
 
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judy02
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   Posted 5/6/2011 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Kitt, hope you are doing ok these days.

Alcie
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   Posted 5/7/2011 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
There are lactose-free ice creams available in grocery stores, mostly only vanilla. Some people have less of a problem with frozen yogurt too. For me: Munching at least 4 lactase tabs before eating ice cream helps. Even drinking a small glass of lactose-free milk helps! Lactase stops much of the gas if eaten even an hour after eating ice cream.
Alcie
 
 
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