Calcium is a mineral which is essential for strong bones and teeth. You can still reach your calcium target if you are following a lactose-free, vegan or dairy free diet, however you do need to know what your best food sources are.
Coeliac Awareness Week is all about raising awareness of Coeliac Disease. Being a gut health dietitian, I ask every client I see if they have been tested for coeliac disease. This is because the symptoms of coeliac disease can overlap with many other gut disorders (such as IBS) and if left undiagnosed/untreated, coeliac disease can lead to many complications and health issues.
Usually when people experience tummy troubles from dairy, they rule it down to lactose intolerance. However, it could really be a milk protein intolerance. If consuming dairy seems to be contributing to digestive issues, it is important to determine what component of dairy is causing the issue.