5 Ways To Recover From Accidental Gluten Ingestion
As a celiac, it is very crucial to emphasize a gluten-free diet while resisting any chance of cross-contamination. But still, most celiac patients have to deal with uncertainties while following their gluten-free routine.
These are those unlucky situations when you gulp an ounce of gluten while eating at a new restaurant or at a friend’s house.
Accidental consumption of gluten can damage the small intestine leading to symptoms like diarrhea, bloating, or gas.
Around ninety percent of Indians are unaware of celiac disease, claimed a panel of experts at the International Symposium on Wheat Related Disorders (ISWD) hosted by the Celiac Society of India (CSI) on January 12, 2019. This increases the chances of gluten ingestion for a celiac at some point in time.
Fortunately, you need not panic if you have been following a gluten-free diet for a while. Even if there is a minor effect on the inner lining of your intestine, it usually heals in a few days.
Here are five things that you can do to speed up your recovery
→ Tip 1 – Stay Hydrated
The first step is to hydrate yourself once you discover that you have ingested gluten. Ensure you have a lot of water to help flush what you ate through your system.
Since many individuals witness symptoms that include diarrhea, drinking enough water covers the fluid loss and will eliminate any chance of becoming dehydrated.
Moreover, consider having green tea with lemon and ginger to aid your digestion and help settle your stomach.
→ Tip 2 – Take Probiotics
Adding good bacteria to your gut not only improves your symptoms but eventually helps your stomach recover from an accidental intake of gluten.
If you are already taking probiotics, you may need to double the dose after an incident so that your gut heals quickly.
Taking probiotics also aid your immune system, which further builds a defense for your system if you accidentally eat gluten. Make sure you have a conversation with your doctor about this during your next visit.
→ Tip 3 – Consider Activated Charcoal
It may sound odd, but activated charcoal is one way to treat poisoning or drug overdose. The toxins and unwanted substances bind to the charcoal, and the body gets rid of them easily without absorbing them.
The toxin-absorbing properties of activated charcoal are widely used to treat drug overdoses and can help relieve the symptoms if you consume gluten or your meal was cross-contaminated.
But still, it is highly recommended to talk to your physician before you consider taking activated charcoal.
→ Tip 4 – Don’t Overburden Your Stomach
Since you have already had a meal that is not good for your gut, the next thing is to focus on a diet that is friendly for your digestive system. Make sure your diet includes easy to digest food such as bananas, rice, or ginger lemon tea, as mentioned earlier.
Stay away from hard-to-digest foods as they can worsen the symptoms. Besides this, you must avoid dairy as it takes a lot of time to digest.
→ Tip 5 – Don’t Stress, Rest Up
Being a celiac is a tough job, and you simply cannot avoid periodic mistakes. Many veteran celiacs find themselves in a situation where they unknowingly consumed cross-contaminated food.
There is nothing that can change the fact that you have consumed gluten and stressing about it would only make things worse.
Thus, take a deep breath and calm yourself. In the future, do your best to ensure that the food you are consuming is not cross-contaminated or that the ingredients labeling is reliable.
The above-mentioned tips can help you relieve short-term symptoms that arise when you consume gluten accidentally. This doesn’t mean you can use these to cheat and eat food products containing gluten as its long-term intake can severely affect your overall health.
It is important to ensure that you don’t repeat your mistakes and avoid a meal if you have any doubts.
Disclaimer: These are some techniques that have helped me in the past. Each individual is unique and what worked for me may not work for you. Please consult your doctor and discuss the strategies that will have the maximum benefit given your specific condition.