Do you know anyone who can’t consume milk or milk-based products? Maybe you have an intolerance to dairy products but don’t realise it? Should we even be consuming dairy products?

What causes lactose intolerance?

Lactose is the main carbohydrate or sugar found in milk, and in varying quantities in dairy products made from milk including yoghurt, ice cream, soft cheeses and butter. Lactose (milk sugar) intolerance results from an inability to digest lactose in the small intestine.

Lactose is digested in the small intestine by an enzyme called lactase. This enzyme allows the body to break down the lactose into two simple sugars, glucose and galactose. These are quickly absorbed by the intestine and provide energy for the body. The level of the lactase enzyme varies between individuals, as does the severity of the symptoms caused by lactose intolerance.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of lactose intolerance range from mild abdominal discomfort, bloating and excessive wind to sever abdominal cramps and diarrhea. However, symptoms might be so mild you are unaware that you have an intolerance. The damage caused by elevated hormone levels have no symptoms.

Lactose, Hormones & Cancer

Lactose intolerance is real and it stops people from consuming dairy products – it’s an easy choice for these people to avoid diary. For others it needs to be a smart choice. When we consider the amount of hormones secreted by a mother into breast milk it should not come as a great surprise that current dairy products can be very harmful. The hormones are mainly Estrogens’ and it is easy to draw parallels to the damage caused by the use of anabolic steroids. These hormones survive digestion in the stomach and are linked to many ailments including cancer, autoimmune diseases and stubborn fat storage.

The Power of Coconut Milk

Why risk consuming milk when there are great alternatives. Coconuts are highly nutritious and rich in fibre, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.

Coconuts contain significant amounts of fat, but unlike other nuts, they provide fat that is mostly in the form of medium chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs) in particular, one called lauric acid.

These MCFAs are rapidly metabolised into energy in the liver. It is thought that unlike other saturated fats, MCFAs are used up more quickly by the body and are less likely to be stored as fat. One of the many joys of living in Vietnam is the abundance of coconuts.

When coconut milk is extremely easy to make it seems like an easy choice for your health and wellbeing.

Have you ever challenged the concept of why we drink milk? Is it healthy and do we need to consume it?

Phil Kelly is a health practitioner and expert in body transformation. His services are available at Star Fitness (, online or at your home. Contact him through his website or