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Lactose Intolerance tesing Melbourne. What is Lactose intolerance testing?

Breath testing can be used to detect the presence of Lactose Intolerance. 


How does Lactose intolerance testing work?

When we eat, the nutrients contained in the food we consume are absorbed into the bloodstream through the lining of the small intestine.  Sugars such as lactose are usually absorbed in the small intestine. 


However, if an undigested sugar passes through the small intestine with minimal or no absorption it will then pass through to the large bowel.  Here the bacteria in the large bowel will begin feeding on the sugar, converting part of it into hydrogen or methane gases.  These gases are absorbed into the bloodstream from the large bowel and travel to the lungs where they are breathed out.


These gases can be read via your exhaled breath.   An increase in these gases in your exhaled breath will indicate if you have a problem absorbing the test sugar substance.  Fermentation of these sugars in the large bowel can cause symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, excessive wind, diarrhoea and/or constipation. 


Lactose Intolerance tesing Melbourne. Who has Lactose intolerance testing?

Breath testing plays an important role in diagnosing lactose intolerance in susceptible individuals.  If you suffer from the following chronic gastrointestinal symptoms it may be beneficial to screen for lactose intolerance.


Symptoms of Lactose Intolerance

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhoea
  • Flatulence
  • Floating stools
  • Foul-smelling stools


Lactose Intolerance tesing Melbourne. How can Lactose intolerance testing help me?

A firm diagnosis of lactose intolerance can allow for the correct dietary measures to be taken.  It is vital that alternative sources of calcium in the diet are included.  Treatment with Melbourne Naturopath, Kathryn Arnel will ensure that you do not become depleted in vital nutrients.


If you are ready to gain a better insight into your health through a breath test, Melbourne residents should book an appointment now. 


Please phone Melbourne Naturopath Kathryn Arnel  (03) 98884119 for more information about Lactose Intolerance testing Melbourne.






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