Why should I avoid milk if I have an upset stomach?

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Patricia Raymond, MD
Gastroenterology
Doctors used to recommend a soft diet including milk products for ‘stomach distress’, folks with ulcers were told to drink large quantities of milk to coat the stomach and neutralize the acid. Then whoops, doctors discovered that the calcium in milk actually increases gastric acid secretion. And if you, like so many, have lactose intolerance, you’ve just made matters worse. Consider peppermint or ginger to soothe an unruly upper digestive system.

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