So last week I got glutened. It had been so long since it last happened that it took me completely by surprise – over 10 months at least. Luckily it wasn’t too bad, probably no more than a crumb (I stored something in the freezer section that has bread in it – *slaps forehead*).
Over the last 4 years I’ve gotten better at reacting to this situation. I’ve also gotten a lot better at reducing the likelihood of this happened by being a bit of a dictator in the kitchen when it comes to gluten cross contamination – we are extremely careful around here. But sometimes these things happen.
My reaction wasn’t nearly as bad as I remember them being before. I think my gut has healed a lot in the last 11 months, so that on top of taking these steps below meant I had almost no down time at all – the next day I was even at my desk writing (yeah, no brain fog!)!
1. Keep calm
I know it sucks. I know it’s going to have possible health repercussions for months. I know it’s a set back. But you must STAY CALM! One thing I’ve learnt over the last few years is that I can bring on a “glutening” type reaction just by being in a very emotional/stressful/worrying situation – no gluten required. So reducing your emotional reaction is very important to keep the glutening reaction to a minimum.
Stay calm, and don’t attach a “story” to it (eg “this is so my luck”, “why can’t anything ever go right”). No playing the victim. Be strong, and repeat healing affirmations. Everything will be ok.
2. Activated charcoal
This stuff is like magic. Activated charcoal is well-known for it’s ability to absorb poisons and toxins from the stomach and intestines and carry them out of the body. It’s also know for helping with gastro symptoms like diarrhoea and constipation. Somehow, with these abilities, it is able to greatly reduce the fallout from being glutened.
I wrote this the day after I was glutened:
Last night once I realised I’d been glutened and the pain and bloating was starting, I took activated charcoal and then went to bed. Through the night I could feel some pain in my intestinal area, but actually slept very well. When I woke up in the morning my stomach was hurting quite a bit. I went to the bathroom and felt much better. Then I did my normal coffee enema, starting to notice the inflammation feeling – puffy eyes ect. After my enema I felt so much better – almost normal. I have a slight headache now, but surprisly not much brain fog – I’m sitting at my desk writing this article!
Mix a teaspoon of activated charcoal (empty the capsules) in a glass of water as soon as you realise you’ve been glutened – preferably within a few hours. Keep drinking water.
Bentonite clay also has a similar effect.
2. Bone broth
I’ve been building my stomach up over the last few months with bone broth, which may be why I’m not as sick today as I used to get. It’s cheap and easy to make, and pretty much an essential if you have leaky gut, celiac or other gut issues.
Bone broth is when you use the bones of any animal like beef or fish heads and frames (along with any meat left on the bones) and simmer over a long period, for fish its around 8 hours, for beef its around 36 – 48 hours. Meat stock is also very healing, and can be a better starting point if you haven’t made bone broth yet – it takes less time and is more important for the “sealing” part.
Bone broths are rich in protein and minerals, but their real value is in healing and sealing the gut. The gelatin in bone broth protects and heals the mucosal lining of the digestive tract. Bone broth also helps to regenerate your bones, teeth, hair, nails and skin – basically, it helps to heal.
3. Coffee enemas
Coffee enemas are my saviour in times like this for so many reasons: bringing out the toxins created by the glutening, reducing the bloating in my gut, reducing the pain from the reaction and reducing the inflammation caused by it. Here’s my post on how to get started with coffee enemas.
Help the good guys it your gut heal your intestines and get your digestive system back on track. It’s especially important for those of us with celiac to be taking probiotics and eating fermented foods regularly, and it’s especially important after you get glutened. Sauerkraut juice is also good to take at this time, although I would probably avoid the cabbage itself for a few days.
Some easily absorbed nutrition for you body while you’re probably not feeling like eating too much – fresh vitamins, minerals and enzymes your body can easily assimilate and absorb quickly, within 15 minutes. Have some carrot apple juice and some green juice.
6. Eat simple foods
Eat simply for the next few days; lots of cooked veggies, lot’s of fats and some protein like eggs or fish, as well as soups. Don’t make it harder for your digestive system in this time – give it a little rest to recover.
7. Rest and take it easy
Give your body a day or two to rest and recover. Grab a cat and have a bed day.
Drink lot’s of water + soothing herbal teas (peppermint, camomile, or my favourite: a few slices of ginger, a few slices of lemon and a drop of honey!).
I also love using my singing bowl over my gut area for some vibrational healing too (hey, it can’t hurt!).