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Lactose intolerance (bloating, wind pain, diarrhoea)

The protein used in the manufacture of KicStart™ is primarily dairy based therefore the shakes and soups do contain naturally occurring lactose.

Lactose is a natural sugar found in milk and other dairy products.

Lactose intolerance is the body's inability to properly breakdown or digest the amount of lactose that is consumed.

Lactose intolerance symptoms may include loose stools, bloating or cramping.

Lactase is a naturally occurring enzyme in the small intestine that is needed to breakdown lactose (dairy sugar) in the intestines.

The amount of the lactase enzyme in the gut varies between individuals therefore certain people can tolerate more lactose from dairy products in their diet than others. The amount of the lactase enzyme a person produces can also diminish as they get older.

When the amount of lactose an individual consumes exceeds the amount that their lactase enzymes can efficiently breakdown then symptoms of intolerance can occur.

The severity of symptoms can vary depending on the amount of lactase enzymes present and the amount of lactose consumed.  

Those who have mild lactose intolerance or sensitivity may be able to utilise a lactase supplement (such as Lacteeze™ tablets) to help their body breakdown lactose more effectively and reduce the symptoms of lactose intolerance - please discuss the available options with your local pharmacist.

Alternatively, reducing the total amount of lactose consumed (eg. in Phase 1 using 1 KicStart™ shake or soup per day rather than 2) will help alleviate symptoms.