Dairy is awesome
Big mistake. If you don't drink milk for a while your body will stop producing the lactase enzyme, supposedly permanently. I asked my doctor and he said there's nothing you can do I honestly don't like hearing when something "can't be done" so I set out to prove him wrong :) and hopefully discover something pioneering.
Experimenting and some surprising finds
Oh well. The thought didn't occur to me until a few weeks later, where I read an autobiography of Nelson Mandela (the late South Africa president and human civil rights leader). There was a chapter where he discusses how he would used to leave milk outside on the stoop in front of his house. It would naturally ferment and turn itself into Kefir.
Well now, it makes sense. Kefir is basically liquid Yoghurt. And I knew for sure I was able to eat as much yoghurt as I pleased without any lactose-intolerance induced side effects. Then, it just so happens that it's the bacteria cultures used to ferment Kefir(Yoghurt) that is responsible for converting the lactose in milk to something that is safe to consume in Kefir.
So could it be possible that with enough dairy probiotics circulating in my gut, that the fermentation process can actually exist in my gut??
So in short. Drink lots of Kefir and make it a habit. Have your stomach always be primed to digest any milk (or heavy lactose) containing foods. Then, you don't have to worry about carrying around those cow themed black and white pill bottles everywhere you go.
My recommended action plan, and what you'll need to begin
2. Begin your probiotic bank. Drink maybe 4 bottles of Kefir and let it digest in your body for a while. Besides Kefir, aged cheeses such as Parmesan and Asiago have different probiotic strains but the logic is the same.
3. Sustain a pro-probiotic environment (Warning: Don't do this if you're sick and taking antibiotics! ) Avoid anti-bacterial foods such as garlic and honey. Avoid alcohol. Avoid foods containing anti-biotics (so buy organic meats, eggs, dairy). Wash vegetables thoroughly. Eat pre-biotic foods (foods that have what your gut microbiome likes to feed on). Off the top of my head I recommend bananas, apples, leafy greens, brocolli. If you're particularly hardcore like me, feel free to eat raw organic steak and eggs (served with soy sauce). Or have them rare/over-easy if that makes you uncomfortable. The overall idea is to train your stomach to handle more and more levels of gut-friendly bacteria.
4. Test your results Introduce (organic) milk slowly over the course of the week as you see fit. Compare it to your control - your aim is to get your body to react in the same way as if you had taken the lactase pills.