Is Lactose Intolerance Causing Your Gut Issues?

Episode 59 24m


Most of us grew up hearing that dairy, and especially milk, is crucial for good health. In reality, dairy isn’t the vital source of calcium and strong bones that we were led to believe. Dairy can cause digestive problems for the majority of people with lactose intolerance, along with a range of other symptoms in people with and without lactose intolerance. These symptoms can include sinus issues, skin issues, headaches, autoimmune issues, and more. So how do you know if the lactose in dairy, or dairy overall, is a problem for you? In this episode, Dr. Hyman sits down with Dr. Elizabeth Boham to discuss lactose intolerance and the myriad of ways dairy can cause digestive problems, and more. They also share how they work with patients to determine how dairy is being tolerated, and if it is the cause of other underlying health issues. Elizabeth Boham is a physician and nutritionist who practices Functional Medicine at The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Through her practice and lecturing she has helped thousands of people achieve their goals of optimum health and wellness. She witnesses the power of nutrition every day in her practice and is committed to training other physicians to utilize nutrition in healing. Dr. Boham has contributed to many articles and wrote the latest chapter on Obesity for the Rankel Textbook of Family Medicine. She is part of the faculty of the Institute for Functional Medicine and has been featured on the Dr. Oz show and in a variety of publications and media including Huffington Post, The Chalkboard Magazine, and Experience Life. Her DVD Breast Wellness: Tools to Prevent and Heal from Breast Cancer explores the Functional Medicine approach to keeping your breasts and whole body well. This episode is sponsored by Pique Tea and Paleovalley. Head over to to try Pique Tea’s Sun Goddess Matcha and the other delicious teas, and use the code HYMAN to get 5% off sitewide and free shipping when you purchase a bundle. Paleovalley is offering 15% off your entire first order. Just go to to check out all their clean Paleo products and take advantage of this deal. In this conversation, Dr. Hyman and Dr. Boham discuss:
  • The prevalence of lactose intolerance and how you can develop lactose intolerance as you age
  • What is lactose intolerance, exactly?!
  • The symptoms of lactose intolerance and how long it takes for them to appear after eating dairy
  • Are some forms of dairy better than others?
  • Non-dairy food sources of calcium
  • Why everyone should experiment with a dairy-free diet for a period of time

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Dr. Elizabeth Boham: What's really important to remind people that there's so many other ways to get their calcium. Dr. Mark Hyman: Welcome to Doctor's Farmacy. I'm Dr. Mark Hyman, and that's Farmacy with an F, a place for conversations that matter. And if you've ever suffered stomach trouble or tummy trouble from eating dairy, you might want to listen up because it's a common problem. And we're going to talk a lot about it, what to do about it, how to diagnose it and how to get rid of the problem. So welcome, Dr. Boham. Dr. Boham is joining me today. She's our medical director at [inaudible 00:00:33] center, an incredible physician friend and colleague for decades who's also an RD and an exercise physiologist and teaches nutrition all..

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Ep. 59 - Is Lactose Intolerance Causing Your Gut Issues?