However the walls lining the colon are incapable of absorbing lactose However

However the walls lining the colon are incapable of

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However, the walls lining the colon are incapable of absorbing lactose. However, bacteria known as microflora, which exists naturally in the colon is capable of breaking down lactose into small particles through fermentation. The fermentation process produces fatty acids and some gases such as methane and carbon dioxide. As the gases pile up in the stomach, pain, and cramps also increase. However, it is interesting to note that the extent of the pain, as well as the piling of gases, is not associated with the amount of lactose consumed but the sensitivity of the humans. Diarrhea is another common symptom of lactose intolerance. Generally, diarrhea is defined as a condition in which individuals experience stool frequency, volume as well as liquidity. Lactose intolerance leads to the increase of water in the colon, and that results in the increase of the volume of water in the stool. The result of this is the production of stool in liquid form. However, it is essential to note that this feature is more common among children than among adults. Increased gases in the stomach are another symptom of lactose indigestion (Wilder-Smityh et al., 2013). It is important to note that some of the products of the fermentation which occurs in the colon include hydrogen, methane, and carbon dioxide. However, the amount of gas being produced differs greatly from one person to another as result of the differences in the amounts of microflora bacteria, their effectiveness as well as the ability of the colon to absorb the gases. Constipation is another symptom of lactose intolerance. Constipation is a broad term used to refer to some of the unusual activities in the stomach and the bowels. In many cases, people
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LACTOSE INTOLERANCE 4 associate constipation with difficulty or straining experienced when people are emptying their bowels. However, it also includes the production of infrequent hard stools. Stomach upsets and incomplete bowel movements are also symptoms of constipation. It is thought that as methane is produced in the fermentation process, it leads the slowing down of the movement of food through the gut and in the process, it leads to the creation of constipation. Finally, there is a group of symptoms which are also usually associated with lactose intolerance. Some of them include headache, fatigue, loss of concentration, and problems urinating, among others. It is
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