Ok, so you just accidentally ingested gluten (or intentionally, no judgements passed), now what? Recovery from gluten ingestion varies by the amount ingested as well as by each individual’s reaction. We’ve talked to gluten free friends that have suffered from things like hives, rashes, diarrhea, constipation, lethargy, sore joints, heavy limbs, exhaustion, bloating, brain fog, anxiety, and depression.
But no matter the reaction, it seems like the general consensus is the same, all we want to do is curl up into a ball and disappear until its over. Its like a hangover but without all the fun leading up to the hangover. Luckily, The Dedicated Kitchen has thrown together some of our favorite detoxing tips to help nurse your gluten hangover.
- Morning Cleanse. We recommend starting your day with an 8oz glass of room temperature lemon water to help cleanse your system.
- Hydration. You need to flush your system so keep that water flowing all day!
- Rest. The best way for your body to heal quickly is to get plenty of rest. Go to bed early or sneak an afternoon nap in if you can (there is no shame in going out to your car for a little nap on your lunch break). Do whatever you need to do to get those zzzz.
- Eat Fruits and Veggies. Many fruits and veggies are high in water content which will help keep you hydrated while also flooding your body with much needed vitamins and nutrients. Pineapple has its own enzymes that aid digestion.
- Cleanse with a Detoxifying Tea. Here is our recipe for a soothing fresh ginger, turmeric and lemon tea.
- Probiotics. Help your intestines restore good gut bacteria that is crucial for digestive function and healing inflammation.
- Take a Deep Breath. The flow of our breath can be healing on many levels. Taking even just 5 minutes out of the day to take a couple deep breaths can help calm our minds and our bodies.
- Get Active. Nothing is more detoxifying than a good old fashioned sweat. Plus, getting those endorphins flowing will help ease anxiety. Don’t over do it though, stick to what feels appropriate for your fitness level.
It’s important to remember that these tips are not made by a medical professional. If you are uncertain about whether a food, packaged food or personal care product contains gluten use common sense and avoid eating or using it. It’s your health and you should take it seriously.
If you think you may have a gluten intolerance or Celiac Disease contact your physician for diagnosis details.