Signs That You Are Lactose Intolerant

Lactose intolerance can range in severity from mild to severe depending on how much lactase the body makes. While still deficient in people that are lactose intolerant, the more it makes, the less severe the symptoms. 




Speaking of symptoms, they can range from gas to throwing up. Intermediate symptoms can include:


  • Bloating
  • Abdominal pain and cramps 
  • Loose stools (sometimes foamy or containing blood) or diarrhea 
  • Gurgling sounds in the lower belly area


If feeling sick after drinking a glass of milk one time, you most likely are not lactose intolerant, however if you feel sick every time 30 minutes to two hours after consuming a product having lactose, then you could have a sensitivity to it.  


To confirm your suspicions, your doctor can perform one of two tests or both. The first one is a breath test that checks for high levels of hydrogen in your breath. This is the best test and the least invasive. 


The other test measures the amount of sugar in your blood after eating or drinking something containing lactose. On the day before the test, abstinence from food or drink is prescribed. On the day of the test, you’ll drink a liquid containing the milk sugar lactase. Then your blood will be tested every 30 minutes for two hours. If your blood sugar level does not rise, you are most likely lactose intolerant. Because dairy products are a substantial source of vitamins A, B12 and D, those that are lactose intolerant will have to replace these vitamins in the form of a supplement in order to avoid becoming deficient in them.


Milk allergy is different


Having an allergy to milk is different than being lactose intolerant. With a milk allergy, you’ll usually immediately notice a response of wheezing, hives and vomiting. Because a milk allergy is an autoimmune response, it can cause anaphylaxis shock – a life-threatening condition requiring immediate medical attention. People with a known milk allergy should carry an atropine injector like an Epi-pen with them in case of an accidental ingestion of milk or a milk product.


Seventy-five percent of adults have a decrease in lactose activity as they age, so lactose intolerance can happen as one gets older even if never having experienced it before. Right now 40 million Americans are lactose intolerant. If you are experiencing symptoms discussed above, see your doctor for the tests to confirm if you are sensitive or not. Your body will thank you for it.

5 Tips for Making the Switch to Cruelty-Free Cosmetics

You may have been looking to make the switch to cruelty-free cosmetics for some time. It’s also possible that you only recently realized that many beauty product manufacturers harm and torture animals to test their products. Either way, you might be wondering where to begin. The following 5 tips will make your transition to cruelty-free cosmetics as simple as possible.


1 – Don’t Make the Environment Worse


Do you feel the urge to throw out all of your cosmetics and beauty products and start over from scratch? Please don’t. Waste does not help you, your pocketbook or the environment. Pouring chemicals down your sink has a negative effect on the world. The same is true with plastics that go anywhere other than the recycle container. You have already purchased your current inventory of products, so just use them up before switching.


2 – Give Yourself Time to Make the Change


After years, or possibly decades, of using traditional cosmetics it is going to take some time to switch. Mentally and even physically this transition needs to be gradual to last. Once you start researching, you will find that a vast number of the products you use in your home are made by companies that test on animals. Start slow and replace products gradually.


3 – Get to Know Your Bunny Rabbits


Have you seen bunny logos on cosmetic products? That’s a good sign. There are organizations around the world dedicated to pointing you in the right direction when you are looking for products that don’t test on animals. Some bunnies will point you to excellent cruelty free goods. However, not all bunny-bearing products are created equal. Look for these three:


  • The Leaping Bunny Logo – associated with Cruelty Free International and the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics


  • The Caring Consumer Logo – PETA’s animal friendly designation


  • The CCF Rabbit – the Australian-based Choose Cruelty-Free organization


Tip (Perform a web search for those logo names so you can see exactly what they look like.)


4 – Get a Partner


You can make a bigger impact on the environment, animals and beauty product manufacturers when you double your efforts. It is also more fun when you get a friend involved in your environmentally friendly efforts. You may even consider forming or joining a cruelty-free consciousness group. You may find your efforts lead to very real change in your area.


5 – Look Outside Your Cosmetics


Dental care products like mouthwash and toothpaste are unfortunately usually tested on animals. The same is true with most dental floss, deodorant and laundry detergent. To make a more powerful impact, adopt cruelty-free products all around the home, not just where your cosmetics are concerned.

Your Daily Word Prompt – Brisk – October 18, 2019

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Hi there, happy Friday! This week was filled with storytelling though not, unfortunately, in an I’ve-been-working on-my-book kind of way. Some of the storytelling was here on the blog and some commenced at my day job. First off, if you’ve been following the blog for the last couple of weeks, you’ve seen the unfolding saga […]

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Three Things Challenge #35


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What To Do When You Aren’t Meeting Your Goals

Most of us have goals that we want to achieve. Some may have long-term retirement goals; others may have goals relating to their personal life or to their body (did anyone say, weight loss?!). But goals, and especially long-term ones, can be extremely difficult to achieve. If you find yourself stuck and not making any progress (or making minimal progress) towards your goals, what are you to do? In this article, find out some good strategies to use if you aren’t making the progress that you would like towards your goals.


Stop and Take Stock


If you aren’t making progress towards your goals, then you need to stop and take stock. This doesn’t just mean a quick, 5-minute reflection either. You have to sit down and seriously take stock. Are you doing everything that you need to do to reach your goal? Are you doing things efficiently? For example, if you aren’t losing the amount of weight that you want to be losing, then take a serious look at your diet and exercise routine. Is it working? Could you be doing more? These are the sorts of things that you need to be thinking about. 


Break Larger Goals Into Smaller Ones


Sometimes the reason it seems like you are making such little progress towards your goal is because the goal is too big. When you set massive goals for yourself, you need to be prepared to make only a bit of progress on them. If you want to make more progress, then you should get into the habit of setting smaller goals. Instead of losing 50 lbs. a year, you instead set a goal to lose 2 lbs. a week. Instead of making a goal to save 100K over a year, you instead make a small goal to save $50 each week. 


Don’t Be Afraid Of Changing Goals


Sometimes you just have to admit that you set the wrong goals. There is nothing wrong with admitting this; plenty of people set the wrong goals. For example, say you set a goal to become fit and build muscle, but you aren’t really in shape. This would be an example of setting the wrong goal. Your goal should be to lose weight, then after that, you can think about building muscle. Likewise, if your goal is to retire, but your finances are a mess currently, then you need to change your goals.

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