Accidental Gluten Ingestion 🙅🏿🍕🍔🍰
14 home remedies to try ASAP 💨
Chances are, no matter how careful you are, you will fall pray to accidental gluten ingestion at least once in your lifetime.
After all, cross contamination is a real thing.
Symptoms and onset may vary slightly from case to case. But if you’re anything like us, you’ll start to incubate a 7-month gluten baby within 30 minutes. i.e. reflux, bloating and gas.
Followed by anything from constipation (or diarrhea…), drop in blood pressure, low-grade fever, stomach cramps, rashes, irritability… and a myriad of other non-specific symptoms.
And while the only known treatment for Celiac disease is to abstain from ingesting gluten, here are fourteen home remedies you can try for accidental gluten ingestion that will surely ease your pain. Broken up in three stages: contain, soothe and replenish.
Containing the gluten bomb which just landed in your digestive system is of prime importance. And while there is no cure, the following set will be sure to ease your symptoms.
- Activated Charcoal ⚫
With celiac disease, activated charcoal ought to be a staple in your purse (or ahem, wallet). It’s primarily used medicinally to absorb ingested poisons (seriously). And it also helps to reduce bloating and gas.
Though do note that it’s powers of absorption are so great, that if taken alongside medications and supplements, it has been known to render them less effective. Similarly, constipation is a common side effect (awesome if gluten leads to diarrhea, see below).
Fun fact: charcoal has been a stomach aid in Mexico since the pre-Hispanic cultures. Albeit in the form of burnt corn tortillas. And it was also used as a natural toothpaste and whitener, which is a known additional use nowadays. So brush up!
2. Digestive Enzymes 💧
Digestive enzymes are a common remedy for accidental gluten ingestion, as they appear to provide relief from bloating and gas for many. i.e. they appear to speed up the gluten-elimination process.
Ah, and they also work great for constipation (see below).
3. Flush 🚽
Drinking plenty of water is a known must, as you’re helping your body out with homeostasis. So drink up and help your body flush out the toxins faster.
4. Fast 🤐
Fasting after accidental gluten ingestion has been shown to help greatly. And while we’re not talking about starvation, just make sure to give your digestive system a break. Though let’s face it, it’s not like you’re actually craving more food right now, so fasting may just come naturally.
Stomach aches are a common side effect of gluten ingestion, so give the following a try to soothe your pains. We suggest starting with ginger.
5. Ginger 🥔
Did you know that ginger has been proven to be a more effective anti-nausea agent than several pharmaceuticals? Plus, it’s also known to be absolutely killer in the treatment of gastritis.
And while ginger tea is a popular remedy (which falls under herbal infusions), we are giving it a section on it’s own. It’s that good. Plus, forget the tea and take it in concentrated capsule form.
We have tried about eight different brands of ginger pills (gastritis was an issue, thank you ginger). And the undisputed winner for stomach dilemmas are the ginger force capsules from New Chapter. Soothing-to-boot, no questions asked.
Fun fact: given ginger’s potent anti nausea effects, if you’re prone to sea sickness, pop a pill before getting you’re sea legs on and you’ll be golden.
6. Herbal Infusions 🍃
Drinking plenty of water can also be in the form of herbal infusions. Known soothers are peppermint, chamomile, and ginger. So drink up.
7. Turmeric 🍛
Turmeric is a known anti-inflammatory and many people find it speeds up the healing process. But skip the curry, as the easiest way to consume (large doses) of turmeric is to simply pop a pill.
8. Omega-3 🐟
Another known anti-inflammatory, we suggest you consume it in the form of DHA for maximum absorption.
Now it’s time to restore balance to your digestive system.
9. Probiotics 🥛
Inflammation and toxins, such as gluten if you have Celiac, are known to alter the balance of gut bacteria. And supplementing with probiotics has been shown to restore such balance. Ideally, you will want to consume probiotics daily.
10. Apple Cider Vinegar 🍎
Apple cider vinegar has been shown to alleviate a myriad of stomach dilemmas, and gluten ingestion is definitely one of them. This enzyme-rich vinegar aids digestion, inflammation, and fights constipation. Plus, while not a probiotic itself, it does encourage the growth of good bacteria.
We suggest diluting a tablespoon in one cup of water.
11. L-Glutamine 🏛️
L-glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in your blood stream. And, incidentally, a vital nutrient which aids your intestines to build and repair. Hence suuuper handy when accidentally ingesting gluten. A double-duty agent if gluten ingestion is also accompanied by diarrhea.
12. Marshmallow Root 🍥
Marshmallow root is a traditional staple of alternative medicine for digestive issues. It is thought to help repair your gut’s lining and reduce inflammation and gas.
What you do here depends on whether accidental gluten ingestions give you diarrhea or constipation.
13. Tighten 💩
If you’re on the first camp, the activated charcoal and l-glutamine will help a tonne (as constipation is a prime side effect).
Having said that, try consuming a diet with natural constipators such as apples and rice.
14. Or Loosen 💩
Meanwhile, if you’re in the second camp and constipation is at hand, the digestive enzymes and apple cider vinegar are ideal. Also, try including foods such as prunes, papaya, and orange.
And if constipation is a big problem, try these fennel seed pills (a natural laxative). Pop one pill (or two in extreme cases) alongside a glass of water at night, and you’ll surely find yourself working like clockwork once more.
Alternatively, you could do a 3-in-1 and use these digestive enzymes with probiotics and you can contain, replenish, and un-constipate all at once.
You’ve got options.