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how long does gluten stay in your system?

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I got glutened on November 19th and I'm still not completely better.. For a few days afterwards I felt really sad and anxious, and just not like myself at all. I felt a lot better within a few days, and figured that was that. But I still don't feel like myself. I've been a lot better the past few weeks but will occasionally feel kind of sad for no apparent reason. It still seemed to be gradually getting better though so I wasn't worried.. But now.. the past few days have been rough. I've just been kind of depressed and I have no idea why! Is this still from getting sick almost a month ago? The good news is that I have felt much better today! But is there anything I can do to really get back to feeling completely like myself again?

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Gluten doesn't " stay in your system" .  Food passes through and out the other side in 24-48 hours, usually.  I suppose if you are constipated, it might be another day.  What causes reactions are the antibodies our bodies make while the gluten is passing through the small intestine.  Those antibodies can last for a while. But one isolated glutening shouldn't cause them to be hig a month later.

 

However, I am wondering, after a month, if this might be something not relate to gluten.  Or you are stil getting gluten somewhere?  I am not sure how long you have been gluten-free or if you have Celiac?  If you have Celiac, it can takes months or even a couple of years to heal.

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I can very likely be a vitamin D deficiency from gut damage and season change.  Just think about the added stress of holiday/ family gatherings/ society in general with current issues.  (Just recently my spouse's Christmas party and a few people mentioned the California shooting and were definitely on edge.)

Relax, take care of yourself, and definitely go in to the doctor for a check up.

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On ‎12‎/‎15‎/‎2015 at 2:08 AM, 1398_Days said:

I got glutened on November 19th and I'm still not completely better.. For a few days afterwards I felt really sad and anxious, and just not like myself at all. I felt a lot better within a few days, and figured that was that. But I still don't feel like myself. I've been a lot better the past few weeks but will occasionally feel kind of sad for no apparent reason. It still seemed to be gradually getting better though so I wasn't worried.. But now.. the past few days have been rough. I've just been kind of depressed and I have no idea why! Is this still from getting sick almost a month ago? The good news is that I have felt much better today! But is there anything I can do to really get back to feeling completely like myself again?

It takes a full 2 years for the damage that a serious gluten issue can cause to heal.  You will still be finding things in them that contain gluten for at least another year on average.  I found lactose in my allergy pills recently.  Remember that maltodextrine  is made from wheat, so always look for corn maltodextrine which is ok.

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7 hours ago, Positron said:

It takes a full 2 years for the damage that a serious gluten issue can cause to heal.  You will still be finding things in them that contain gluten for at least another year on average.  I found lactose in my allergy pills recently.  Remember that maltodextrine  is made from wheat, so always look for corn maltodextrine which is ok.

 

this is alllllllllllllllllllllllllll not true. (except that corn maltodextrine is ok)  i don't even know *what * that second statement even means.  not everybody is lactose intolerant.  once your villi begin to heal, they will produce more of the enzyme your body needs to digest lactose.  and what does maltodextrine have to do with any of this ?  

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1 hour ago, notme! said:

this is alllllllllllllllllllllllllll not true. (except that corn maltodextrine is ok)  i don't even know *what * that second statement even means.  not everybody is lactose intolerant.  once your villi begin to heal, they will produce more of the enzyme your body needs to digest lactose.  and what does maltodextrine have to do with any of this ?  

Villi do not always heal to the extent that lactose can be tolerated.  Mine never have.  Maltodextrine is a wheat product most of the time, however corn maltodextrine is a corn product and is safe for those who can not consume gluten.

What is maltodextrin?

Maltodextrin is a food additive that is produced from a grain starch. In the United States, it is most commonly produced using corn, but it can also be produced from rice, potatoes and wheat. The starch goes through a process called partial hydrolysis, which uses water, enzymes and acids to create a water-soluble white powder. Interestingly, the partial hydrolysis method leaves maltodextrin with less than 20 percent sugar content. However, full hydrolysis creates corn syrup solids, which have over 20 percent sugar.

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13 hours ago, Positron said:

Villi do not always heal to the extent that lactose can be tolerated.  Mine never have.  Maltodextrine is a wheat product most of the time, however corn maltodextrine is a corn product and is safe for those who can not consume gluten.

What is maltodextrin?

Maltodextrin is a food additive that is produced from a grain starch. In the United States, it is most commonly produced using corn, but it can also be produced from rice, potatoes and wheat. The starch goes through a process called partial hydrolysis, which uses water, enzymes and acids to create a water-soluble white powder. Interestingly, the partial hydrolysis method leaves maltodextrin with less than 20 percent sugar content. However, full hydrolysis creates corn syrup solids, which have over 20 percent sugar.

If the villi took 2 years to recover then folks who had been gluten free for a couple months would not need to do a gluten challenge before a biopsy. The villi actually regrow in a pretty short time but it does take time for us to heal from the effects of the antibodies.  There are folks who just don't tolerate dairy whether celiac or not and you may be one of them. 

As far as maltodextrin is concerned I have been gluten free for over 13 years and have never seen it made from wheat in the US. If it was made from wheat and in a product sold in the US it would have to be labeled as such.

I understand you are new to the diet and still quite angry because it took 3 whole months for you to be diagnosed (sorry if that seems a bit flippant but it took over 40 YEARS for me to get one and I was almost dead) but not all doctors are liars and frauds. Some are just woefully ignorant about celiac but that is getting better. The proof of that is the short time it took for you to diagnosed.  There are folks here trying to help people like yourself with info that has been well researched. Please be sure the info you post is accurate

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1 hour ago, Manijeh said:

It will take 8 months for gluten to leave your system and digestive system.

What are you basing this very specific  time frame on?  Please post a link to your source.  

Gluten, like any food, will be out of the digestive system within a few days.  That’s how the GI tract works.  

Antibodies can take much longer to leave the body.  There are some studies that show that some people may continiue making antibodies for a few weeks after going gluten-free. 

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