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14 Home Remedies To Try After Accidental Gluten Ingestion 🙅🏿🍕🍔🍰

14 Home Remedies To Try After Accidental Gluten Ingestion ??
14 Home Remedies To Try After Accidental Gluten Ingestion ??

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.

We suggest trying the first of each section (activated charcoal, ginger capsules and probiotics). And complimenting with additional remedies which suit your specific symptoms.

Contain

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.

  1. 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.

Soothe

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.

14 Home Remedies To Try After Accidental Gluten Ingestion ??
14 Home Remedies To Try After Accidental Gluten Ingestion ??

Replenish

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.

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26 comments

  1. Emy says:

    Dear people battling with Celtic or gluent intolerance. I am one of you… and what is worse I cook for four nongluten non-lactose-intolerant people. I want to ask what do the fenel pills do as I would love to come out of you know…constipation/ diarrhea non-stop dancing. How to take them? With food? It doesn’t matter when? Pls, share your experience and knowledge. The doctors here think that I am overdramatic and have no intolerance problem so I can’t really go back there. I wouldn’t wish Celtic and gluten intolerance to my worse enemy.

    • Misty Dawn says:

      I feel your pain. I have Lupus but the test for Celiac was negative. Nevertheless I can hardly eat anything anymore without getting sick with bloating and gas and weeks of pain and fatigue. I have found that taking activated charcoal before a potential gluten exposed meal (or even before every meal) has helped curb a lot of the backlash of symptoms.

  2. Teresa York says:

    My husband has suffered with unexplained really itchy bad rashes for years. He struggles with them for several weeks until he’s so miserable he finally breaks down and goes and gets a steroid shot. This happens several times a year. We go through tube after tube of hydrocortisone that doesn’t really even work. He’s been through allergy testing and they found nothing. We were going to try a skin patch test next but after doing a little research I think he may have a gluten sensitivity or intolerance. We are going to try a gluten free diet. He has a crazy busy schedule. He travels a lot for work. I’m fairly certain there will be a learning curve going gluten free, which means more horrible rashes. Does anyone have a recommendation for the – stay up all night scratching until you bleed make you grumpy all day – itchies?

    • Ash says:

      Hi there,
      I had been suffering with itchy, angry blisters that appeared around my coccyx and buttocks for around a decade. My doctors never got to the bottom of it (if you’ll pardon the pun), but I worked out three months ago that I’m gluten intolerant, due to bloating and constipation after gluten-heavy meals or lots of beer. I came off of gluten (not a painless process) and hey presto! No more blisters.
      It seems that I have a condition called Dermatis Herpatiforus (not sure if the spelling is correct), which is linked to Celiac disease but quite rare. The problem is that I now cannot be tested for DH or CD, as you need to be eating gluten for six weeks or so for the tests to work. I cannot stand the thought of consuming gluten, as I am now super sensitive to it.
      So, my advice is for your husband to be tested for both conditions before going gluten free if possible.
      All the best and good luck!

      • Meera Lee says:

        Ash DH is not rare at all… we have a facebook group even!! I suspect many people with skin disorders have gluten intolerance and DH… I don’t worry about confirming by labs– I just got off gluten

      • Wendy Deeter-Kaloski says:

        I am going through an accidental digestion of gluten. I do have Celiac. I’ve tried my probiotic, was told to only take Align, Gas X and Lactaid chewable. I have to be in public in two hours! There’s no way unless there is a way to stop the bloating and gas immediately. What works for that?

    • Myra Chandler says:

      The best thing a Dr. ever said to me was go Gluten free!! I did not love the idea but the horrible rashes which cause random burning and itching was unbearable! Now, after going gluten free my whole life has changed, wow ,the stomach aches , the burping, the burn , the itch, All gone. Never tempted to eat gluten again!

    • Koel Singh says:

      Mint oil helps a ton. Sure shot relief. Massage it on lightly over the areas with the rash.
      Keep it cool. Warmth will only aggravate the itching. Pure satiny cotton after all this will help too. My fiance had them too.. these were the only things that called him down enough to sleep.

    • Maureen Kinig says:

      Essential oils work well for me…I’m also gluten sensitive, and I’ve had some shingles, too. Thank God for Essential oils or I’d be in big trouble.

    • Jamie Reynolds says:

      I realize I am a few months behind and hope you found relief for the rashes. I have Celiac but as well, systemic Candida which causes the rashes that everyone wants to heal from the outside. But it’s on the inside and surfaces. As a rash, itchy ears, nail fungus, a sore mouth to mention a few. Candida on top of gluten problems is very difficult and inhibits your eating furthermore. Restoring your gut flora can help along with avoidance. I unfortunately had to take treatment for Candida from the doctor. Then I try to protect and heal the gut.

  3. Nancy says:

    I have been suffering with this for years, never knew what it was. I would live on pepto. I am in my late seventies just understanding what’s wrong. It would be when I ate anything with white sauces. I work very hard at staying away from any dairy and gluten. Thank you for all your advise. It is so helpful.

  4. BH says:

    Okay so this sounds kind of dumb to ask I’m really new to this gluten and dairy free diet and it’s so hard with 4 others who cook in the same house. I wasn’t told something wasn’t gluten free had a bite the size of my thumbnail and within 13 minute’s was so sick I was in tears. I have always had horrible stomach pains and lots of health issues. I guess I’m in shock that within little time I got that sick. I have a super important day tomorrow and am miserable is there anything I can get that helps “instantly/would help me” get into my suit and ready to defend my client by 830am I’m desperate.

    • Paola van der Hulst says:

      Oh no I’m so sorry to hear BH! I get the same thing. I take active charcoal right away and a couple hours later a ginger capsule. Doesn’t make it 100% better, but helps a great deal xo!

      • BH says:

        Paola van der Hulst
        Thanks for the support and the advice. This is so new and odd to me that such a small bite can make someone so sick. This is one of those things I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. I never found the Active charcoal in powder is/does pill form make a big difference? Also thanks again for the advice🙌

  5. I am just realizing that I may have celiac disease and had a terrible bout of indigestion just a while ago. Well I read your post and tried the ginger tea and almost immediately I burped and burped several times. Now I am feeling relieved! Happy I found you.

  6. Marz says:

    I got the tiniest bit of gluten tonight and the baby is growing. It’s an unpleasant but perfect ball right under my sternum. So happy to find out ways to help undo it or at least help to get it out of my system faster. I will be getting activated charcoal in the morning. I have noticed in past glutenings that I am lactose intolerant for about 3 days. Seems like it’s been happening a lot lately. Time for a broth fast.

    So glad i found you!!

    • Paola says:

      I’ve actually been avoiding it as I know there’ll be A LOT of frustration 😂. I’ll tackle them in the fall for xmas, so fingers crossed!

  7. Monica S says:

    I cannot THANK YOU ENOUGH for this! I had the worst gluten episode last week. I ate out at a restaurant, ordered gluten free pasta, and I’m fairly certain they f&((* up my order and gave me regular pasta. You can imagine the ordeal! Pain, gas, 9 month gluten baby….

    My hubby ran to wholefoods ( a bit pricier but we couldnt wait for an amazon delivery!). He got the activated charcoal, new chapter ginger pills, and the fennel seed pills for consitpation. I cannot explain how much they all helped! Nausea and gastritis were gone with the ginger, and those fennel pills are a true MIRACLE!

    Thank you really!

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