Frequently Asked Fridays – What Can I Do to Feel Better After Gluten Poisoning
Nausea, heart burn, gas pains, arthritis, swelling, sinus pressure, brain haze, extreme fatigue, back pain, sleep interruption, depression, anxiety, sore throat, skin irritations. Gluten poisoning. If you’ve ever had a crouton end up being on your salad, rogue spices or marinades, misread label, just bad judgement, cross contamination and you have Celiac disease or wheat allergy you’re probably experiencing some of these symptoms.
The pain is indescribable, you’re feeling so down and really just out of sorts and that’s when it hits you. Dang it, I’ve been glutened. Insert sad face here.
It sucks, there’s no denying that. It isn’t good for us, there’s also no denying that. There’s also no reason to beat yourself up or dwell too long on it. What’s important is that you begin the healing process.
Here’s a few of the remedies I use to get feeling better as quickly as possible.
1. 24 Hour Fast – during this time I drink nothing but water really and as much as possible. Obviously if I feel very low blood sugar I’ll eat, if I do its usually something very gentle like mashed potatoes, apple sauce or a smoothie. Which leads me to my next tip.
2. Drink and eat as many pro-biotic sources as possible. Once your belly isn’t cramping or gurgling quite so much and you have true hunger pangs mix up a smoothie with lots of Greek yogurt, dark berries and leafy greens like Spinach. Probiotics can really help to heal the gut. Once you’re keeping the smoothies down comfortably its important to add lots of leafy green and fiber from raisins or things of that nature. To cleanse your system.
3. Do yoga for back and joint pain. Find an easy beginners video on YouTube or do an advanced class if that’s what suits you. My point is after a good session of yoga you’ll feel like you just had a full body massage. I’ve also found it helps with the twisted tummy feeling.
4. Soak in a bath with Epsom Salts. This will help to detoxify your body and sooth inflammation and tender joints.
5. Drink water infused with lemon, green tea, nettle tea and any other anti inflammatory you might enjoy.
6. For heart burn try mixing a Tbls of Apple Cider Vinegar into a glass of water. Doesn’t sound pleasant but it will help dramatically.
7. Get plenty of sleep.
8. Remember you are glutened when you find yourself becoming upset or anxious. Sometimes just knowing why you feel that way can help you find your center. I personally suffer great confusion and have a rather short fuse when I’m gluten sick.
9. Find out what glutened you and avoid it in the future. If it were a restaurant that did the number on you maybe give them a call and report it. Especially if they have a gluten free menu offered and still glutened you.
10. Drink broths that you made at home. Especially if you’re having a hard time keeping things down. I always keep at least one in the freezer that I make out of chicken bones, celery, onion, carrot and a bay leaf with lots of pepper and some salt. When I’m really sick I at least know I’m getting some nourishment.
As for the corn attacks I’m finding this is pretty much what I do as well but I usually end up needing a breathing treatment as well. I hope some of this helps you. I know at first I was so panicked when I would get glutened and I would just lay there not wanting to do anything for any of my symptoms for fear I would end up making things worse.
As much as I hope you never need these tips the hard facts is you just might. This world is filled with gluten around every corner and no matter how careful we are things happen. Hopefully these will make your next glutened experience a wee bit easier to handle.