Is there any way to feel better faster after having been accidentally glutened? If so, how? Otherwise, what's the best course of action to take?
Help! I've eaten gluten! Now what?
If you have eaten gluten you know that you are going to have symptoms withiong 1 to 12 hours. The best course of action is to get it out of the body as quickly as possible. Here is the protocol for that;
- Take 500 mg of Vitamin C every 2 hours. This acts as a very stong anti-inflmatoory as well as helping to flush the food through the body.
- Eat plenty of fruit, this helps keep you hydrtaed, gives you pleny of fiber and Vitamin C. Fruit is digested so quickly that it is easy on the stomach and soothes the stomach. Avoid citrus and other acidic foods for a few days. The fastest way to get symptom free is to eat just fruit for 24 hours. You will get plenty of nutrients and calories while calming the digestion down quickly.
- Slowly go back to veggies and then amild proteins like salmon and eggs.
Thanks for this information. And what are your thoughts on L-glutamine? Also, what is your opinion on whether or not gluten enzymes help with being glutened, after the fact?
Some people on Twitter also mentioned L-glutamine as a supplement to help with the healing process. Has anyone else had success with this?
I'll post an article on "GF curse or blessing" soon (For me blessing :)To stick to this topic, eating out (Or being "Glutened" in any case) is a big problem.I was lucky enough to find a product called "GlutenEase" TYG!It is a bit expensive, well worth it! and won't travel or eat out without it!There is another product made by the same company (Will put the link to company at close) to be used in conjunction with. I couldn't afford both so chose the cheaper of the two to try.GlutenEase by itself, so far so good :) !As soon as I start to feel that feeling in my gut I take 1 or 2 capsules (A person can take more if and when needed) and stop eating what ever I'm eating. Works like a charm! So far & GW!I can at least make it home without having to change my drawers!For better or worse.Possibly not better, I had been craving for KFC 3 yrs. or more... I.... on purpose ate KFC (Took 4 GlutenEase before) I bloated a bit, didn't have too much pain, and to boot no diarrhea until the next day. Then it was just fluffy stuff, no non flushable oil!I work in the medical field so I have NO problem talking about poops/ BM's, blood, emesis ect.... :)I am in no way saying that anyone should do anything like I did above (From what I have experienced so far, CD gets worse with exposure? with more symptoms than a sore belly) it was an experience on my part, and didn't taste as good as I thought it would/did (Got used to eating real food :) in case of being "Glutened" when eating out, you might want to carry this with you.I "Don't leave home without it"!If anyone is interested www.enzymedica.com does help with casein as well.In greatest of health,Love and light
Hi Dreamer,I've always wondered if those enzymes work. I carry a bottle in my purse, just in case I think I've been glutened. But so far I haven't had to use it. I do have other food issues (soy and dairy) so I wonder if it would work for that. Did you ever write the "GF blessing or curse article?" I would love to read it! Do you want to post it on Stuffed Pepper as a blogger?Thanks for your input on this issue.Heather
Hello Heather,To date I haven't written a complete article, bits and pieces for other forums.It would be my pleasure to put those thoughts together for a finished article.When would you like it? and it there a word limit?Please let me know and I'll get to work on it.In good health, love and light.Thank you,Ranay
There are several gluten enzymes on the market. The IBS Treatment Center brand version is called GluDairyzyme and has enzymes that can break down both gluten and diary. There is another product by Pharmax branded Glutenzyme. It contains dairy and thus is not appropriate for anyone with dairy allergies.These products are not meant to be used as a means to intentionally eat gluten safely. Anyone with immune system reactions to gluten should avoid gluten all the time. These products can be used to decrease the harm done when you accidentally ingest gluten, or when you are in a situation where you are not sure if there might be some cross contamination and don't have an alternative. One should not attempt to use these products as an alternative to the gluten free diet.Enzymes are chemicals that can enable other molecules (such as long protein strands or big sugar molecules) to break apart into smaller molecules/different chemicals. They do this without chemically reacting with the molecule -they don't swap atoms. Instead they sort of help the molecule assume a position where they can naturally release a bond and break apart. Kind of like bending a fragile piece of metal that only needs to bend once to break. Because enzymes don't chemically react, a small amount of an enzyme can interact with a much larger amount of the molecule it helps fracture. But because it can't be everywhere all the time, even in a mixed liquid an enzyme will only break down most of the molecules. The idea is they help, but can't do everything.
Recovering from gluten is primarily about avoiding gluten. However, there are gluten enzymes that you can take that will help you digest accidentally ingested gluten. These products are not a substitute for avoiding gluten, but they can significantly reduce the impact of small amounts of gluten. For them to be effective you need to take it as soon as possible after getting glutened.
Thanks for this information. And is there anything else you can do to alleviate the discomfort associated with being glutened - e.g. brain fogs/headaches and digestive distress? I've heard that aloe vera juice is good for helping the intestinal lining. I've also heard tha fasting is helpful. Would you recommend any of that?