If you have celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, accidental exposure to gluten can be quite unpleasant and may result in a variety of symptoms that may range from muscle aches to gastrointestinal upset to exacerbation of existing disease processes. Fortunately, there are some steps that you can take that can help you to recover more quickly from gluten exposure.
- Drink ginger and/or peppermint tea: Ginger and peppermint tea are both known to help relieve nausea and can be soothing to the digestive system. Drink a cup if you are having bothersome nausea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.
- Take activated charcoal: Activated charcoal is an over-the-counter supplement that may be useful if taken immediately following gluten exposure. Activated charcoal may help by binding with the offending food and preventing it from being absorbed by the body. Similar to digestive enzymes, activated charcoal will not necessarily prevent internal damage caused by gluten. Also, this supplement can bind with medications, so consult with your licensed health care professional prior to taking if you are under treatment for any disease or condition. Make sure you hydrate well to prevent constipation after taking activated charcoal.
- Eat fermented foods: Fermented foods contain enzymes that enhance digestion and probiotics that help to balance your gut flora, which play a large role in the health of your immune system. Also, fermented foods are high in nutrients that nourish the entire body. If you aren’t already eating fermented foods on a daily basis, start out with a small amount and slowly increase.
- Drink nettle leaf tea: Nettle leaf tea contains natural antispasmodic and antihistamine properties. It can help to relieve muscle and joint pains and relax the body. Neither gluten intolerance nor celiac disease is mediated by histamine, but some people report that nettle leaf can help to relieve symptoms of rash and itching following gluten exposure. Nettle leaf tea also has a gentle diuretic effect and can be detoxifying.
- Get acupuncture treatments: Acupuncture can relieve inflammation and assist with many of the symptoms following gluten exposure. Most people find acupuncture to be relaxing and calming as well. An acupuncturist can help you to determine how many treatments will be necessary to relieve symptoms following gluten exposure.
Have you used any of these tips to aid in recovery following gluten exposure? What has worked well for you?