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How Celiacs can Deal with Accidental Gluten Ingestion

Celiac.com 01/03/2009 - Recently on a gluten-free forum, I found a post asking for advice on what to do after a woman had accidentally consumed a large amount of gluten.  After unknowingly eating from her daughter’s takeout box, the woman had realized her mistake and was simply devastated to have broken her diet and subjected herself to the old, too-familiar symptoms that were on their way.

It was interesting reading the various responses, which resulted in a debate over whether or not to induce vomiting, drink pineapple juice, take enzymes or engage in a certain illegal activity.  In all the debate, the woman eventually disappeared off the forum, which probably meant that she took some action or another, though I never heard the final result.

This whole subject inspired some research on my part.  I first consulted my extensive gluten-free library, which led me to one solitary, repetitive answer: do not eat gluten.  In a world where doctors and authors alike are so concerned that their advice on the subject will lead people with gluten sensitivities to forgo a gluten-free diet in favor of a “band aid” of sorts, that finding a documented recommendation is near impossible.

These experts are right to reinforce the importance of maintaining a gluten free lifestyle, and the fact that there is no “cure” for gluten intolerance and celiac disease (other than complete avoidance of gluten from wheat, barley and rye).  But mistakes do happen, and from time to time people do get "glutened,” and when they do, which action is best?

No matter what the size is of the offending dose of gluten, all experts agree, inducing vomiting is too dangerous and disruptive to the body to be considered.  But there is one option that at least two noted experts in field of celiac research agree upon: enzymes.

When I contacted the renowned Dr. Kenneth Fine of EnteroLab, and asked him if perhaps a dose of enzymes that are designed to break down gluten might help, he had this to say: “The good news is that everyone will survive and recover from the gluten exposure.  The enzymes you mention might help, but not completely, unless they consumed at the same time (as the gluten) for best results.”  And like all good doctors, he did go on to warn, “Avoidance is still the best policy.”

Shari Lieberman, PhD, CNS, FACN and author of The Gluten Connection very humbly admits that “gluten slips happen.”  She also devotes a couple of pages in her book to research conducted using digestive enzymes to help manage those occasions when gluten does make its way into your diet, citing a research example in which “The study demonstrates that enzyme therapy can substantially minimize symptoms in people with celiac disease who are exposed to gluten.” 

The enzyme used in this study does not seem to be currently available, but other gluten enzymes are at your local health food store.  I contacted one company in regard to their product, which according to them helps to reduce inflammation caused by the introduction of gluten in an individual with celiac disease or gluten intolerance.  According to them their enzymes will not prevent all damage, but may reduce some inflammation and help the body to better digest the protein.

Ultimately, gluten sensitive individuals should recover from one accidental “gluten slip” here and there, and keeping some digestive enzymes handy to help cope with such an accident is not a bad idea.  But do keep in mind that repeated offenses, even the most minute, will damage your body and prevent it from healing.  Enzymes help treat the symptoms, but only complete avoidance of gluten can treat the disease.

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Bella
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03 Jan 2009 6:42:19 PM PST
Great article, I am glad to see someone unafraid to touch on this subject. Too many authors are so afraid that we'll all go start eating gluten that they won't even touch it.

 
ash
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07 Aug 2011 3:13:13 PM PST
How long does it take your body to heal if you accidentally ingest gluten?

 
nikki
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24 Jan 2012 8:35:00 AM PST
Usually for me, it can take anything from 5-10 days. I am unable to eat properly for up to 7 days, before slowly gaining my appetite back, but am so cautious about putting anything in my mouth. Eating only plain foods is all I can manage. Hope this helps.

 
Linda
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08 Jan 2009 9:44:10 AM PST
A very good article! Although general awareness of Gluten Free and Celiac is increasing, there are still too many times I have been the unwitting recipient of gluten at restaurants (sauce ingredients, dressings, etc). The dreaded symptoms normally show up after about an hour or so, and last a day or more...I would love to cut the side effects short, and feel like myself earlier!

 
Pam
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05 Jan 2012 4:36:56 PM PST
I have used a table spoon or two of honey when I have felt those dreaded symptoms and it really helped.

 
mike
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08 Jan 2009 11:44:20 AM PST
Believe it or not, I have found that one shot of tequila within a few hours of ingesting gluten greatly minimizes my symptoms, almost to the point of negating any reaction! Just one shot, though!

 
Jackson
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02 Jul 2013 4:39:46 AM PST
Like an earlier contributor, I too use tequila as a medicinal treatment for everything from the flu to GI relief. Remember, it is natural vs. the many chemicals in Rx bottles! My dosing is 1 1/2 to 2 traditional size "shots" of high quality tequila along with a multi-vitamin and B complex vitamin. I use it maybe 2 or 3 times a year and it has never failed me in the 26 years of the practice!

If for any reason you choose not to drink alcohol, please don't take this as a suggestion to do so. This only works when under control and very infrequently.

 
Ashley

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06 Jul 2015 6:42:25 PM PST
Does anyone know if Vodka would work? I just ingested some gluten and am already starting to feel sick. I don't have any enzymes or tequila! I'm going to go ahead and try it but would like to know from others if this remedy has been thought to work.

 
matthew smith
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08 Mar 2014 8:12:47 PM PST
This posting was a Godsend!! My girlfriend has a severe gluten allergy and after accidentally ingesting a fair share of gluten and feeling very ill was near her wits end. Luckily I saw the above post about the Tequilla remedy and happened to have some Jose Quervo agave tequila handy. Let it be know that she is not a drinker and was reluctant at first but almost immediately after taking a shot felt 100 percent better. It's been an hour since and she is still feeling no effects. JOSE JOSE JOSE VIVA LA MEXICO!!!!

 
Steve
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27 Mar 2016 7:37:35 AM PST
My fiancee has celiac and recently was "glutened" at a function where she was promised everything was gluten-free. She was very ill for 2 1/2 days with severe abdominal pain. We had tried a number of things to relieve her pain but nothing was helping. I came across this website as we were about to head to a long church ceremony. With nothing to lose I ran to the liquor store and bought a small bottle of tequila. She was symptom free the whole evening, what a blessing! Prayer and tequila who would have thought? She does not drink much and does not like the taste of tequila (even the higher grade ones) but I will be keeping some on hand from now on! Thank you for the suggestion.

 
Jennifer
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08 Jan 2009 3:28:55 PM PST
Hi,
I just had an accidental slip-up about an hour ago. I am on vacation and ate from the double-dipped peanut butter jar instead of the one intended for me...
Anyway, when I slip up, I immediately take a dose of a product called Glutagenics by Metagenics. (I'm not at home so can't get any more specific than that for now). It aids in restoring the intestinal lining.
You mentioned enzymes, do you have a name brand? A lot of enzymes actually contain gluten, so I don't want to try anything without getting a name brand recommendation. Thanks for the article!

 
Darci Frankel, Kauai, Hawaii
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08 Jan 2009 7:26:14 PM PST
I found the article very informative, and I am so happy that there is more and more information about gluten intolerance in the world. I disagree with the bit about inducing vomiting being so gravely dangerous. When cats need to expel excess mucous from their stomachs, they instinctively eat a certain type of grass that makes them vomit. I don't have full blown celiac but I do get pain when I eat gluten, and the one time I ate a muffin that was assured to me to be gluten free, (well I only took a few bites) I realized that I didn't want to go through several days of discomfort, so I drank some water and stuck my finger down my throat and eliminated the few bites. Now I'm not advising that everyone eat whatever you want and then be bulimic, that is dangerous but I am saying we shouldn’t be afraid of our bodies and its natural reflexive actions. Enjoy life and be well. Aloha!

 
leigh
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09 Jan 2009 7:15:41 AM PST
This has been an ongoing question for us. Thanks for the research.

 
No Gluten
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09 Jan 2009 12:11:22 PM PST
What a great article - a wonderful resource for those who may accidentally ingest gluten. Bravo!

 
Jean
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09 Jan 2009 1:35:27 PM PST
Great topic! In my own personal experience, it is best to cleanse the small intestine of the mucosal inflammation. I use apple cider vinegar for this. Dilute a tablespoon or two in water and drink. Do this a few times per day. I find the greasy and/or loose stools disappear within a day or so.

 
michele
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21 Jan 2009 10:57:26 PM PST
My son was diagnosed with celiac when he was 13. He is now 18 and has always stuck to his gluten free diet. However, today he accidentally ate gluten. Not just a small amount, but a very very large amount. An entire half of a 16' pizza! That was at 6:30 pm. He threw up at 8:30 pm then 9:30pm then 10:20 and now again at 10:54.
I have been searching the internet for hours (while caring for him) trying to find out how serious it is to be glutened this badly.
Thanks

 
Beth
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18 Feb 2016 10:37:23 AM PST
I have the same issue whenever I accidentally eat something with wheat. It usually seems to start about 2 hours after eating, and depending on the amount of gluten can go for hours. At Christmas, my uncle changed his recipe and added a tablespoon of flour to his HUGE batch of casserole. That small amount DID make me sick. However, since it was a smaller amount, it was only one round of throwing up. I've had attacks that have lasted up to 10 hours before. As of now, I haven't found a way to stop it from happening, but here are some tips to shorten the agony:
1.) If you think you have eaten gluten, drink a lot of water. Along with hydrating you, it reduces the amount of damage it does to your throat.
2.) Once it starts, DON'T DRINK WATER. Don't eat or drink anything. If you think you're getting better, you're not. Take a nap/rest for a few hours without getting sick before trying to eat something. Some times, a few hours later my stomach is completely better and I'm asking for barbeque.
3.) This is your own choice... staying really still will keep you from puking. However, I don't do this anymore, because I think it just prolongs the attack. The best way to get it to stop is just to move every once in a while, and hopefully get VERY sick in a short period.
4.) When it's finally over, and you're ready for food, stick with something slightly heavy but bland. I prefer mashed potatoes. Anything that's just liquid won't settle well. Make sure to hydrate well. My immune system is always down for the next few weeks afterwards, and I catch EVERY cold.

 
carmen

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12 Feb 2009 6:41:41 AM PST
Wow, the tequila shot is one which I've never heard before, does it help you minimize your symptoms? I was wondering what the name of these enzymes are as I never purposely ingest gluten, but it would be nice to be able to minimize
the gut inflammation, even slightly after an attack.

 
Heather
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13 Mar 2009 6:02:54 AM PST
In the weeks before I was diagnosed, the ONLY thing that would ease my mysterious stomach pain/nausea/heartburn was Celestial Seasoning's Tummy Mint Tea. I know I might sound like a corporate plant here, but it's a completely benign thing to at least give a try. Even though I'm now on a gluten free diet, it seems my stomach upsets easily, and it is almost always effective. I'm sure other brands of tea with similar ingredients would work as well.

 
Laurel
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05 Oct 2013 1:22:18 PM PST
Agreed! I got glutened and sip on their peppermint tea.

 
Sharon Milan
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13 Jun 2009 9:40:29 PM PST
I ate 2 bites of a flour tortilla by accident. When I get gluten accidentally I usually lay in bed for three days with flew like symptoms, inflammation an achy body and no energy. I took Claritin 1 hour after. It seems to be helping, but I'm afraid to stop taking it because I am bloated and it seems to be helping the pain. I'm glad you had other suggestions.
Sharon

 
Ethan
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20 Jul 2009 5:15:24 PM PST
Taking Pepto Bismal can help - because it reduces the inflammation.

 
Megan
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27 Jan 2010 1:46:26 PM PST
Ginger helps for the upset stomach as a result of accidental ingestion. I prefer the ginger snaps better than the crystallized but I always have crystallized ginger on hand just in case---though I avoid gluten like the plague accidents do happen. There are also ginger teas that can be mixed with peppermint to calm the stomach as well.

 
Alexis
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28 Dec 2011 1:04:52 AM PST
Ginger tea helps me, too. After drinking several cups of tea, once I feel normal, again, I eat a little rice or gluten-free crackers. I have tried making myself vomit, before, but that only works right after eating...and symptoms begin once food has been digested...even though symptoms make you feel like vomiting. Article was helpful.

 
Lauren
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05 Aug 2010 8:01:44 PM PST
I just wanted to say thanks so much for writing and posting this article! I just ate a muffin (that I was told was gluten-free but found out after I had eaten half of it that that it wasn't) and wasn't sure how I should go about minimizing the painful side effects that will inevitably come with ingesting gluten. I searched the internet the topic and came across this article and as a result of reading I have gone out and bought strong digestive enzymes from a naturopath. Its been about 3 hours since I ate the muffin and so far, so good. I only have minor symptoms that are, although quite uncomfortable, not what I would usually experience.

So, thanks again for posting this article, it has helped me a lot!

 
Darla
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06 Sep 2010 12:56:48 PM PST
Thank you - would like brand names for enzymes.

 
Luna
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08 Sep 2010 10:24:59 PM PST
I would second the apple cider vinegar tonic and the ginger tea. You can make your own: grate 1 tablespoon of ginger root into hot water and add honey to taste. Probiotics will also help with the leaky gut afterward. Good luck!

 
Jay Menna
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29 Sep 2010 3:53:37 PM PST
I appreciate this article. Like many other Celiac patients I occasionally am exposed to gluten. Enzyme therapy works for me as well as a dose of Asacol. I suggest that others consider this approach. Thanks. Jay

 
Wendy Reavis
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02 Jan 2011 6:13:54 PM PST
I ate at a buffet and knew I was probably going to get sick. Its been 3 years of gluten free eating. My skin itches, the inside of my mouth taste like biting on tinfoil and I'm swollen! I drank peppermint tea, ate an enzyme, drank apple cider vinegar, & drank a shot of tequila! I'm praying I don't suffer any more soon!Thanks for all the info.

 
Kristi
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10 Jan 2011 11:24:32 PM PST
Slippery Elm powder along with Marshmallow Root are really helpful when the accidental gluten is ingested.

 
Jenny
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03 Mar 2011 1:55:26 PM PST
Great article but I have none of those things in the house and I am so sick. Hate eating out now such a bother, waiter promised everything was gluten free and I asked him again when he brought the gorgeous meal...What do you have to do....

 
Caroline
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20 Apr 2011 8:36:15 PM PST
Thank you so much for this article! I accidentally ate something with a small amount of wheat-gluten tonight (after being reassured that what I was eating was safe) and while I don't have my usual strong reactions (thank God!), I do feel slightly sick. The one thing this experience has taught is my body still reacts to gluten/wheat in the same ways it used to, and even some ways I wasn't aware of (I've been gluten-free due to Celiac Disease for maybe 2-3 years now, but rare slip-ups have happened).

I really appreciate your thoughts on how to care for yourself once this experience happens--I was so nervous at the first sign of my migraine and stomach ache!

 
Sara
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25 Apr 2011 2:46:06 PM PST
It's easy to say that vomiting is a bad idea but I'd much rather throw up than suffer through 1-3 days of misery. I accidentally took a big bite of the wrong soup today when I was making lunch for myself and my kids and I immediately threw it up and followed up with a big does of digestive enzymes just in case I didn't get it all. Throwing up on purpose a few times a year after accidentally ingesting gluten can't possibly be a huge health risk.

 
kim
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20 Jun 2011 9:36:13 PM PST
Benadryl has helped me on occasion.

 
Gfree Dallas
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04 Jul 2011 9:57:53 PM PST
I took enzymes, chewable Benadryl, Motrin, Maalox, and I drank two water bottles. Felt burpy, but not sick....and I am celiac, not just gluten intolerant. Had been gluten free for two years when glutened on accident (half a hot dog that was supposed to be gluten free but was Mrs. Baird's... From the gluten free stand at a major league ballpark).

 
Estelle
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07 Aug 2011 4:53:30 PM PST
Please write more articles like this on what to do. I have been on the diet 24 years and I have a prescription for Codeine #3 and a muscle relaxer for the pain!

 
Jane
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29 Aug 2011 8:21:50 AM PST
Great Article! I have searched the web, and it so hard to find an article that addresses accidental gluten ingestion. Will try the above for my husband who has celiac disease.

 
carrie smith
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25 Sep 2011 6:38:20 AM PST
Now this is just me, but 3 days ago I had a reaction, and what I did was the following : 1 stool softener, 2 Tylenol regular strength, 1 heating blanket wrapped around my stomach, and lots of water. It wasn't the greatest but it was soothing. It lasted 3 days but it was my fault for eating mushroom soup that contained gluten.

 
Olivia
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11 Oct 2011 5:28:06 AM PST
Today at lunch time, I was feeling very peckish having being diagnosed with celiac since I was 16, now being 21 I ate a cookie knowing it wasnt gluten free. As soon as I ate it I felt horrible, so weak, so drowsy, then after i napped I awoke to unsettling tummy pains I was unpleasently on the toliet for quiet awhile..I am never going to have gluten again just because I was abit "peckish". Very silly girl.

 
GF Momma
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02 Nov 2011 6:08:33 AM PST
I'm sorry to need to rate this article so low. It was well written as far as grammar and such, but there was no real research information listed. What enzymes are you talking about for half this article for heaven's sake??

 
pain
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08 Nov 2011 7:31:37 PM PST
Why the heck do you keep on about not eating gluten when we already know that? The question is to do with accidental ingestion by people who already avoid it, and the article is somewhat fluffy, not very helpful.

 
Melody
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04 Dec 2011 10:01:45 AM PST
Gluten Defense is the enzyme I use and it is extremely helpful especially when paired with Benedryl (when reacting). Thank you for the article.

 
JR Harper
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08 Dec 2011 4:37:44 AM PST
Tired and lethargic for three days and then it hit - massive stomach cramps and a tummy like a football. Too late to fix the glutening, now to ride it out.

So - charcoal tablets (for the gas), ibuprofen (for the inflammation and pain), berocca (for the malabsorption and tiredness). At least I know that now the pain's hit, it's a matter of hours before I feel better.

Still don't know what it was, though.

I'm usually *very* careful - GF for ten years and very rarely slip up. Any tips on getting through it are always appreciated...

 
Anna
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16 Dec 2011 6:30:27 PM PST
The readers' comments are more helpful than the article! I was diagnosed with ADHD two years ago and after my Mom was diagnosed with gluten intolerance, I decided to give a go at giving it up to see if it reduced any of my ADHD symptoms. Symptoms have been a bit better. Still distracted, but not lethargic as I can be. I was only off gluten for a couple weeks and wanted to stay off it until after finals (I'm in grad school). To celebrate finishing finals I decided to go out with friends and indulge in some delicious gluten in the form of beer and pizza. I was so uncomfortable the rest of the night. Bloated, some stomach pains. I took some Peptol just in case. Today I am still feeling gassy and just off of center. I will try the ginger tea (and maybe some tequila if I am feeling sassy) tonight and see if it helps. I did not expect my body to respond this way after only being off it for a few weeks! I have been eating it my entire life, after all.

 
Sally
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25 May 2013 8:56:24 PM PST
Same thing happened to me... I got off it for 2 weeks and ate something and my stomach and headache pain was awful! Ive not been to the doctor but the evidence for gluten intolerance is there! I ate it my whole life and for the last 5-6 years had itchy skin and over produced mucous. That stopped too after cutting out gluten...if I slip up now the symptoms are all a ton worse! I try to drink green tea with honey cinnamon and apple cider vinegar and it helps a bit... I'm on day 2 of intestinal cramps and burpy after eating some french fries that looked clear but were battered very lightly...I hate it!

 
Bob
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31 Dec 2011 4:40:15 PM PST
I too would be interested in some specific recommendations of enzymes...

 
Letisia
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01 Jan 2012 11:44:09 PM PST
After reading the article and your comments, I am really concerned that it is taking me too long to recover from accidentally eating gluten! I accidentally ate some gluten in an order of mashed potatoes at a restaurant two weeks ago and I am still trying to recover! Any insight on this? I am going to try JR Harper's suggestion of charcoal tablets. Thanks for the article and all your comments!

 
Carol C
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15 Sep 2012 11:01:51 PM PST
I took an enzyme that really helped me through being glutened. I was contaminated at a restaurant which resulted in severe cramping and BMs every hour for 18 hours. The enzyme stopped it in its tracks and rapidly brought my BMs to near normal. Belly still bloated thereafter but the enzyme definitely helped. The brand was Align. Not an endorsement, you could try a no name store brand although Aligns states it has a patented enzyme unavailable to other manufacturers. Note: Only try for accidental ingestion not as a supplement for continued gluten intentional ingestion.

 
Audrey
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22 Jan 2012 10:08:14 AM PST
That is too long Letisia! I had a silly waitress promise me my food was gluten free. And it wasn't, I've been GF for 10 years and could taste something but didn't want to be rude...when she bought the desert menu, it had gluten free marked next to which ones were, so I asked if they'd do that for the main menu...low and behold the steak I just ate was in fact gluten. Tired and blah for 3 days, slept for 12 hours and riding it out...will try enzymes. But the best think is just to give your body good nourishing vegetables and food easy to digest. My eyes, face and stomach feel so puffy and I'm in complete regret. Be a princess in restaurants!! Make sure they know it's a serious allergy!!

Note: If you're new to gluten free and still have symptoms...remove yeast from your diet too..it's in a lot of GF products. They are closely connected so you could have a yeast intolerance. Same goes for fructose, including high fructose corn syrup.

 
JNight
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25 Jan 2012 3:50:53 PM PST
Thanks for this article. I take [enzymes]. My holistic doctor recommended these for helping to reduce symptoms after contamination. She also recommended taking these with any meal in a restaurant in which there is a risk. I think they may help a little but it's hard to say. My reactions typically start 48 hours after ingestion and last for about 8 days. It's quite painful.

 
Debra
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14 Feb 2012 6:08:15 AM PST
I have been gluten free for about three years after a diagnosis of severe celiac disease. After accidentally eating gluten I did not have to worry about making myself throw up because my body did it for me. It was as if I had Salmonella poisoning. Have never been so sick. On day 3 my stomach still hurts and my GI tract is in an uproar and my muscles ache too. Wish there was a calming agent. My course of action is sipping cool water --no food except maybe rice for a couple days.

 
Kathleen
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10 Apr 2012 6:47:28 PM PST
Accidental gluten ingestion of 4 ounces wheat bread (!) two days ago - usually would make my 21 yr. old daughter very very ill within 12-24 hours. 48 hours later and she is fine - we have never faced this before so took fast action that worked:
Took her to ER where we asked for liquid Charcoal ( we are ordering this for her to have if she needs in future) Charcoal absorbs nutrients and medications if taken 30-45 minutes after eating. The sooner you take it the better it absorbs. ER doc did not want to give her this, we insisted and they finally did.... they just had never read that this could help.
Came home, had her take double dose Ex-Lax ( a Senna laxative) to promote rapid transit through the small intestine
Followed with Pepto Bismol for 24 hours to decrease inflammation, 4 cups of yoghurt for probiotics and this increases her gut transit time, capsules of L-Glutamine to help soothe the gut lining. LOTS of water and hot herbal tea.
Unbelievably, she is FINE 48 hours later. We are so happy as usually she is very very ill with even TRACE amounts of gluten.
We are also ordering the enzyme that can help break down gluten if accidentally ingested.
Hope this helps someone out there!!

 
Shirley mills
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14 Apr 2012 12:30:49 PM PST
Hi I have just eaten 2 slices of grain bread that looked gluten free but it wasn't. I have been really unwell all day sick many times with the runs and kept falling asleep, 9 hours later I feel ok. I have been celiac for over 20 years so let's hope all will be fine in the end.

 
Accidentally Ate Wheat
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11 May 2012 2:48:51 AM PST
Drinking warm water and taking an Anti-Acid can sometimes help.

A few weeks ago I accidentally ate some wheat pasta. I felt so nervous about getting stomach pains I tried to make myself sick but couldn't. It turned out this was a good thing as it led me to try something else instead.

Instead, I spent the next few hours drinking lots of warm water made up from 2/3rds boiling water and 1/3rd cold tap water in the hope that it would wash the wheat out of my body.

About an hour and a half later I felt slightly acidic in my stomach and decided to take an Anti-Acid every hour, making sure not to exceed the recommended dose.

After 5 hours I felt a bubbling sensation below my stomach in my lower abdomen, though there was no discomfort or pain.

I spent that night sitting upright in bed while asleep, half expecting to wake up feeling ill. Surprisingly nothing happened though my stomach did make a few grumbling noises.

It seems that the warm water had helped the wheat move out of my body while the Anti-Acid tablets had absorbed any excess acid I had made.

 
Carla
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26 Jun 2012 9:27:20 AM PST
I take fresh raw ginger, peel it and boil it right in the pot in large chunks with water and sugar.
Then I drink it simply when it has boiled at least 10 minutes.
You can pull out the chunks and just drink the rest.
It seems to help and energize again.

 
Katie
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My daughter was diagnosed 5 months ago and we are very strict about what she eats. She is totally on board too since she gets so sick with accidental ingestion. Last night was the second time she got glutened by plain chicken breasts bought at the grocery store. Nothing on the label said anything about broth, but she has been a mess since an hour after dinner last night. It is so frustrating. She also had raw carrots and watermelon, so it had to be the chicken. Also, Utz potato chips claim to be gluten free on the bag, but they make her very sick so they are cross-contaminated despite the company's cleaning between batches of gluten chips. It's frustrating when "experts" say to just avoid gluten instead of giving remedies for accidental ingestion. My chiropractor gave us the enzyme Gluten Flam; wish us luck!

 
Andrea redd
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07 Jan 2013 5:42:53 AM PST
I have the same problem with URL chips! The problem at hand is still, how does one get the swelling of the small intestine down! I took some generic antibiotics and they contained wheat. Now I have the flu, sinus infection and intestinal swelling. It has been 3 days and I fear it will be 3 more. I take enzymedica enzymes and they help. Liquid diet and cold and hot compresses. The saddest thing is that the pharmacy cannot find out what the inert ingredients in a generic are, so we get stuck.

 
Anette
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20 Sep 2012 11:47:36 PM PST
Drink LOTS of water! As soon as I feel I've been glistened, I drink 4-5 large glasses of water right away. My symptoms disappear! The water must dilute the gluten and wash out the system or something. Regardless, it's safe, free, healthy, and always available. Try it, people!

 
Marsha
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27 Oct 2012 10:31:16 PM PST
Sorry to rate so low, but no specifics about enzymes or other ways to treat accidental ingestion of gluten. We know not to eat gluten! However, the suggestions in the comments were excellent, including identification of brands of enzymes. I'm not sure how I ingested gluten today (I'm very careful), but know I have my symptoms. Thanks everyone!

 
Sarah
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02 Jan 2013 4:44:56 AM PST
This article was helpful, as I am celiac for just 1 year and am still learning. I have been very careful not to have gluten in my food, but slipped up yesterday and ate 2 tortillas last night that weren't gluten-free. I was ill most of last night and am still ill tonight. I had no idea what to expect; the cramps, bloatedness and just feeling ill and exhausted. I am going to try the enzymes and hope that helps. Thank you to all who posted advice; it was helpful.

 
PLac
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16 Jan 2013 8:59:25 PM PST
What works for me, quick relief, is a red delicious apple. Pain and swelling subsides within the first half hour. I prefer the really huge dark ones, cold. So, keep yourself a few apples handy; and thank God

 
Barbara Phibbs
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12 Feb 2013 8:44:52 AM PST
Although I have not done this, I think it is healthier to throw up if you have accidentally ingested gluten than to suffer from an overwrought immune system and inflammation that can cause all sorts of disease.

 
Lois Childress
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19 Apr 2013 1:16:29 PM PST
Great! Lots of help.

 
jsh
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01 May 2013 7:51:29 PM PST
Although this would obviously require a physician to intervene, as someone with celiac disease and widespread abdominal nerve damage from a congenitally deformed celiac artery, I routinely use a combination of Zofran, Phenergan, and Ativan to treat nausea symptoms. This got me wondering on a topic beyond the scope of nutritionists, enzyme remedies, and the topics covered by some of the chiropractors (how does back care have anything to do with celiac disease??): Are there any research articles on pharmacological methods used to treat these symptoms? The antidiarrheals will not stop damage from the immune reaction, but could theses, antihistamines (skin itching from dermatitis) and antiemetics have any control over symptoms to palliate them?

 
nolan Orford
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12 May 2013 2:01:24 PM PST
Reading the reviews make a lot of sense. I have been gluten-free for about 15 months since I had positive tests for celiac disease. My wife was away, so I was home alone with some cider and thought the bag of crisps were gluten-free, but they contained barley malt. When I read the allergy advice it said 'contains milk only,' so I thought it was safe but clearly not! It's been a week on and my body feels like a washing machine, my intestines and all my muscles ache so much the pain seems to move around.

I will try some of the tips that have been suggested above.

Thanks for the tips!

 
Sue
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07 Jun 2013 11:20:20 PM PST
I accidentally ate 2 pieces of what I thought was gluten free pizza at 6:00 pm and it is now 2 am. I was in so much stomach pain I thought I had to go to the hospital. The pain was extremely severe. I felt like I had swallowed a huge lump of poison. I could barely speak or walk. The vomiting started a little more than an hour afterwards. Cold sweats, shaking and severe diarrhea. I vomited for over 2 hours. Worst ever in my life. The culprit pizza was something I found in the Shop Rite gluten-free freezer section. It was a brand called 4U. My husband gets take out, regular pizza, for himself and my daughter every Friday so I wanted to have something gluten-free so I could join the pizza party. I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2003. My gastro doctor at the time told me I was the second worst case he had ever seen in 20 years in practice. Why grocery stores stock whole wheat items right next to gluten-free items tells me they need some training. I will be speaking to the store manager in the very near future. When I was barely able to move, I was praying for an antidote. I was searching up what to do in case of accidental wheat/gluten ingestion when I saw this and felt compelled to add my story. I always like to read the ingredients when I buy prepared gluten-free foods, but somehow I really dropped the ball on this one. Moral of my story is; if you think you are picking up a gluten free product always, always look at the ingredients. Learned my lesson the very hard way and not looking forward to the next day or two feeling like absolute crap.

 
Mary
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12 Jun 2013 9:44:13 AM PST
Thanks for posting this article - and thanks to everyone who took the time to respond. I have had success with apple cider vinegar in the past, and have been tempted to buy enzymes at Super Supplements that aid in accidental gluten ingestion.
Like a complete idiot, I chose to eat gluten today and I am absolutely feeling it - only an hour later. My joints and hands are immediately swollen and my head feels like a swollen, disconnected balloon. So fatigued and achey, sinuses and face feel awful. Why did I do that to myself? Ugh. Maple bars... not worth it.

Thanks everyone for posting, this was super helpful. I'm off to buy tequila and enzymes!

 
Teresa

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I have been gluten-free for over a year, but I get products that say gluten-free but are not. My remedy is a heating pad, peppermint tea with a splash of ACV and honey 2-3 times a day. My symptoms are harsh, swelling in intestines (bad) lower back pain, constipation and loss of energy.

I tried tequila just a shot and it took the edge off. Someone said charcoal pills which I will try this week. My symptoms last 3-7 days. Pain-pain in the intestines.

I will let you know how the charcoal pills work, I purchased Gluten Digest at a health food store, didn't work.

Bottom line:
fruit/veggies
water
pepermint tea w/ ACV and honey
heating pad to reduce inflamation
rest
* a good husband helps. :)

We are gaining ground folks, people are becoming aware. And we are being intentional in eating.

 
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21 Aug 2013 5:27:18 AM PST
For me, the best relief for accidental gluten ingestion has been to get the gluten out of my body as soon as possible. I treat it with a full day of a good allergy med that works for you, 2 doses of Miralax in apple juice and water, and a clear liquid diet plus lots and lots of water and moderate walking. I use this "treatment" until mydigestive system is free of the gluten: about 6-8 hours, which is much better than suffering for 3 days! Good luck!

 
Cheavon
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30 Sep 2013 9:39:05 AM PST
I'm glad I found this article! I was just recently diagnosed only 3 months ago and I struggle with this too...the only solution that I have come up with is removing it from my body as soon as possible!! ( not by vomiting can't bring myself to do it) but senna or laxatives yes... then I follow it with 2 week course of Nexium no advertisement.... Pepcid AC is the same just only half the dosage... I take that to heal my stomach lining if not the post nasal drip is terrible and the mucus in my throat OMG! I was just recently glutened a few days ago. The worst ever sick for days

 
Jenn C.
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02 Oct 2013 12:42:15 PM PST
Wow the comments in this forum were SUPER helpful! I've had some of my own remedies that I'd vaguely heard about and was superstitious with - the tequila and taking a good antihistamine like my preferred Zyrtec-D - but the apple cider vinegar is one I will try when I get home! I was desperate for chocolate today and I ate a fun-size Milky Way bar because I'm a moron and thought I was cool because I didn't see "wheat" on the allergens...Milky Ways have malted BARLEY in them though and now I am miserable and trying to mitigate my reaction which is an immediate constriction of my breathing, swelling of my sinuses, neck, fingers and knees and a very foggy head. The belly swelling will come later and stick around for a few days to up to 2 weeks. Joy.

 
Ray
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02 Dec 2013 8:49:13 PM PST
I am happy to see this article. For me a gluten "slip" isn't a slip of willpower, it's simply as innocent as eating out -- for lunch with colleagues or out of town at a new restaurant, where the staff is ever so sure that the food is gluten free. Only to find out later in the day- that it's not (I happen to suffer immediate + painful consequences - no laxatives necessary... but I still worry about the inflammation and damage to my body). Thanks for posting this - I'm rushing to the health food store for some enzymes for the next event, which might be better called - a gluten "poisoning".

 
Joette
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When I get accidentally triggered (usually from cross contamination or mislabeling) it will be about 8 hours after I ingest , and it causes severe cramping, diarrhea, and extreme bloating in my upper intestine. I go to clear liquids and start taking diatamaceous earth suspension - I know it sounds weird, but ask your health food store about it. I think it works like the charcoal, as it absorbs the gluten out of your tract and carries it out. I drink lots of water, and let my body cleanse itself. After 10 days to 2 weeks, I can usually function using Claritin D, Pepto Bismol, and prescription dicylomene for spasm. Psyllium husk helps restore natural digestive rhythm when I am healed up.

 
Maureen
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21 Feb 2014 4:58:08 PM PST
Wow. I cannot believe all the posting on eating gluten and having the same symptoms I get when I accidentally find out that it had a hidden gluten ingredient. I had a small piece of chocolate last Friday, Ghirardelli's. The ingredients looked okay. Well I have been SO sick since then. It has been 1 week. Online their website says that they try to clean machines but their candy is not gluten free. Well I have had severe gastritis symptoms. The next day I had diarrhea and stomach pains all day. The next few days I had severe burning in my stomach and severe nausea. 2 doctors later they tell me it is gastritis and gave me meds to take. Blood work done came back normal, so happy. But still feeling like crap. Husband is tired of hearing me complain! He does support me at all, so stress also adds to my situation. I have been living on toast with jelly, jello, cream of rice, flat ginger ale, gluten free crackers, and chamomile tea. I just can't get rid of the nausea, it comes and goes. I had diarrhea the other day for about 5 hours. It is now 1 wk today and I am just slightly better, but not 100%. I cannot believe that a small piece of candy could do so much damage. I am so careful. We cannot go out and we do not go out to eat. I cook everything at home and I am okay with that because I am in control. Mostly I eat plain chicken or plain salmon. My question is is 1 week normal to feel like this? My husband is pushing me to go to a GI doctor, as he is disgusted with me complaining. For the most part I am okay, but I do have my days. I am gluten free about a year. I don't think your body ever really heals itself completely after eating gluten for 50 years, so I just feel that it is my normal. I am taking anti acid pills, the doctor gave me Prilosec, Pepcid,and zolfran for nausea, although TUMS seems to help instantly when I get the nausea feeling and I am good for most of the day. Of course my stomach is irritated since I took a lot of MOTRIN and AMOXICLLIN for 2 wks for gum infection and doctor really thinks I irritated my lining of my stomach I think it is a combination of the gluten candy and the medication irritation. Anyone have this? What is the longest it takes to recover from being gluten. So tired of telling everyone I have a stomach virus...no one gets it.

 
Vinicio Colón
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06 Apr 2014 1:15:13 PM PST
I'm not a celiac but I do get severe migraines when I do gluten. My roommate lives pizza, weakness of mine. Within 2-4hrs after investing gluten rich foods I take 2 or 3 tablespoons of bentonite clay and a tall glass of room temperature water. This stops the bad effects of my poor choice. It is not a magic cure, bentonite clay has very "absorbing" qualities. It is sold for human consumption in health food stores.

 
Traci C
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14 Mar 2014 1:36:58 AM PST
I'm so glad for this post. I've been gluttoned via sneaky ingredients such as spices or seasoning on foods at picnics etc. Someone contaminating condiments or the butter. I normally get extremely painful psoriasis in those instances. What has worked for me is taking an allergy pill 2x a day for a week (my pcp advised this after I was unsuccessfully treating myself topically for a month). It went away within a few days. If I were to consume a piece of bread or noodles, I'd be vomiting before finishing my plate. I'm thankful for the suggestions posted here in the event I get served the wrong food at a restaurant.

 
Cheryl
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16 Mar 2014 11:51:38 AM PST
I accidentally ate something I thought was gluten free, an Amy's product and realized it immediately after I ate it. I really thought I looked at it when I bought it but maybe I reached in and grabbed the wrong thing. I hardly ever eat store bought gluten free products but we are remodeling our kitchen. I was frightened and considered trying to induce vomiting. I had no idea how to do it and I live an hour away from the nearest town. So I waited with no idea what to expect. 3 to 4 hours in, I was feeling okay. But in the 4th hour, well, my stomach eliminated all the contents of my stomach without hesitation. I had no further problems after that. I have to note, I never experienced vomiting before my diagnosis, only intense stomach issues, pain, bloating, gas. But my body treated gluten as though I had eaten rancid food. I wish I had known about the enzymes, I would have taken those.

 
Kim
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22 May 2014 7:42:25 AM PST
Thank you for all the info. I accidentally ate gluten yesterday. I too have celiac and was diagnosed Nov '13. About a half hour after I ingested the gluten I got a terrible headache and my stomach is crampy and bloated. I'm going to try taking enzymes now and see if it helps. I'm 18 hours into my gluten response so I'll keep you posted.

 
Jenny
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05 Dec 2014 3:45:21 PM PST
I am glad I found this article. There are never any treatments mentioned or available to us folks who are accidentally or unknowingly "glutened." We all try and lead "normal" lives by socializing in restaurants, going on vacations, or attending family functions. The truth is every one of these scenarios puts us at risk. Two days ago I was given a gluten contaminated meal at a restaurant. Ordered off their "gluten free" menu, and I double checked with the waitress when the food arrived. I ended up getting sick in their bathroom, in the parking lot, outside my house, inside my house, and this continued for 15 hours! I will eventually feel better in about 5-10 more days, but the pain is something else. I plan to carry digestive enzymes with me to try the next time this happens......hopefully never have to use them but that is unrealistic no matter how careful you are. I am not sure any oral medications will stay in my stomach long enough to work but I will try anything at this point. When doctors say "you will not die from this" it really makes me upset, because maybe we wont today, but all the combined incidents over the years could accumulate to developing cancer. I wish they would just say, "I am sorry we do not know how to help you yet, but we are trying to figure it out".

 
John
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21 Jan 2015 11:29:07 PM PST
No offense--I am only writing, because many of the people whom have replied are clearly not celiacs. Trust me when I say some of you really should get a diagnostic, considering what you are stating is closer to a food allergy. The article on the other hand is something I may try one of these days, if I accidentally ingest gluten considering there is some solid science behind why it would work.

 
HTMacon
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16 Mar 2015 5:26:22 PM PST
I drink tons of decaffeinated green tea when I accidentally eat gluten. (I am celiac, and gluten can make me sick for days.) As soon as I realize I have accidentally eaten gluten, I rush home and make decaffeinated green tea. If I cannot get home soon, I start drinking water until I can get the tea. I drink the tea non-stop.

Today a waiter accidentally served me gluten. I am now drinking my 3rd quart of decaf green tea. It has been 7 hours and still no signs of illness. I will probably have some symptoms tomorrow, but this tea will make the whole experience shorter and less severe I believe (if past experiences are any indication).

I appreciate the suggestions by the commenters. I am going to add to my decaf green tea: honey, a dash of apple cider vinegar (only once a day), and some ginger.

I tried to make myself throw up but it just won't happen. Honestly I wouldn't mind throwing up after accidentally eating gluten a couple times a year. But my stomach just won't give it up.

I think the decaf green tea helps because celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder, and green tea strengthens the immune system. Get decaffeinated, though, because if you drink a lot you don't want all that caffeine building up in your system.

 
Carole
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17 Mar 2015 6:23:59 PM PST
I was glutened for the first time after being diagnosed with coeliac disease a year ago. 24 hrs later - bloating, gas, nausea, exhaustion and needing to sleep, very thirsty, bad pains in pelvis, lower back and rib cage. The culprit a pub meal which was gluten free but must have been contaminated. I will try some of the remedies. Thank you.

 
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13 Jun 2015 8:04:13 AM PST
I am a celiac, as are both my children, my father and my sister. We are the 1 in 10 celiacs who get the skin reaction, as well as the intestinal distress. I could deal with the intestinal distress because it lasts only about a week but the skin reaction lasts about 6 weeks starting with an itchy ulceration that occurs in the dermis and comes up to the epidermis. If you are like us, the only thing that helps is Benadryl and the sooner you take it the better. If you wait until the reaction begins, it is too late, although it can lessen the severity. Hope this helps someone.

 
Dave
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04 Jul 2015 3:11:04 AM PST
I recently had a viral gastritis, and I think I have (hopefully temporary) become gluten intolerant. Not sure what was going on, I had a big load of bread and for the last 4 hours I have felt dreadful.

Inspired and "it can't make things much worse" I have just had a shot of Tequila. We will wait and see. Will hopefully let you know.

 
Dave
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04 Jul 2015 4:06:31 AM PST
For what it's worth...the tequila did NOT help. Feel dreadful. Might not even be the gluten I suppose. Maybe two shots would be better... Off to my friendly gastroenterologist on Monday I guess.

 
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06 Jul 2015 10:24:42 AM PST
No, tequila does not contain any gluten!

 
Jen
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30 Aug 2015 11:52:32 AM PST
Apparently according to an Internet search for gluten free alcohol, some cheaper tequilas or "mixto" may have gluten ingredients mixed in. Jos is ok.

 
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31 Aug 2015 1:40:18 PM PST
This is an Internet rumor that has been circulating for at least 20 years, with absolutely nothing ever posted to back it up.

 
julielu
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01 Sep 2015 4:41:24 PM PST
I came here via researching anti-inflammatory (systemic) use for proteolytic enzymes. Although they can be the same as digestive ones which, for example, get taken with meals, these are ingested away from meals; get absorbed into blood stream and act on 'inappropriate" protein molecules (I don't know why/how they distinguish between self and non-self. I wonder whether they may serve a purpose for mistaken gluten ingestion for[non-bowel affected] gluten intolerants).

 
Cara C
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19 Feb 2016 2:08:44 PM PST
I accidentally glutened myself yesterday. Forgot to order GF pizza. Within a 1/2 hour of eating, I took probiotics, and an hour later activated charcoal tabs. Last night I took an antihistamine (my skin was terribly itchy). Today, I continued all 3 (taken at different times b/c charcoal will adsorb other treatments), adding Apple cider vinegar, bone broth and turmeric (for inflammation). I have had stomach and joint pain but I expected to be much sicker. And am grateful that these remedies seem to be helping. But I will NEVER slip-up again. I was quickly reminded of how sick I was before celiac diagnosis. And will take good health over pizza any day.

 
Mahrie Glab
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04 May 2016 8:25:38 PM PST
All good information - After 18 years of gluten free and no issues, I got stupid and forgot to ask - result - huge gluten load. I've had volcanic diarrhea for over three weeks - food in - 20 min later gunk, fluid, mucus and yuck out... Doc had tested for all the intestinal disorders (C diff etc) as well as an extensive blood panel. Nothing else wrong. I have lost 9 pounds. I use peppermint or chamomile tea, turmeric, white rice, and other recommended treatments. Max doses of Imodium barely slows it down. I read it could take 6 months to heal. I'll loose 35 pounds at the rate I'm going now. (do not need to lose any).
I'm tired, discouraged and hungry.




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