One of the first signs of intestinal damage is Lactose intolerance--when your body can't digest the sugar in milk--and it could cause your bones to break some day. Even if you don’t drink milk, you still need calcium in your diet or risk breaking bones.


In a recent study of 66 lactose-intolerant people, Israeli researchers found that the volunteers got less than 700 mg of bone-building calcium per day, about half the 1,000 to 1,200 mg recommended daily for healthy bones. Even worse: Scans revealed that many had thinning bones, a risk factor for osteoporosis and fractures.


If dairy leaves you gassy, crampy, and bloated, you can avoid a calcium deficit by eating SCD 24-hour homemade yogurt. Only homemade 24-hour yogurt is lactose free. It also contains enzymes that improve digestion of all foods.


Other calcium strategies: Take a supplement (SCD legal, or course), plus 400 IU of vitamin D daily. Add sardines, almonds, and broccoli for extra calcium.