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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Dealing With Accidental Gluten Ingestion
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Hi everyone,

I recently discovered some food I ate at my in-law's contained gluten, and I feel absolutely sick to my stomach right now. I don't have celiac disease, but I get headaches and feel nauseated with stomach cramping and other gross symptoms when I've accidentally had gluten. I'm wondering how others deal with the symptoms? It usually takes a day or two before they hit me, and about 3 days before I start feeling better. I'm curious if there are any home remedies to ease the stomach issues/headaches. I was also wondering.... some people have mentioned taking a laxative or natural laxative to "clean out my system", which sounds sketchy and unreliable and not likely to work to me, but I wondered if anyone had any thoughts on that?

Thanks!

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There is no cure all outside of drinking lots and lots of water and bedrest.

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Hi everyone,

I recently discovered some food I ate at my in-law's contained gluten, and I feel absolutely sick to my stomach right now. I don't have celiac disease, but I get headaches and feel nauseated with stomach cramping and other gross symptoms when I've accidentally had gluten. I'm wondering how others deal with the symptoms? It usually takes a day or two before they hit me, and about 3 days before I start feeling better. I'm curious if there are any home remedies to ease the stomach issues/headaches. I was also wondering.... some people have mentioned taking a laxative or natural laxative to "clean out my system", which sounds sketchy and unreliable and not likely to work to me, but I wondered if anyone had any thoughts on that?

Thanks!

If you got larger amount, nothing probably will do much difference, but I use Gluten Defense digestive enzymes for tiny amounts hidden, when I eat out, and it seems to help. And any digestive herbs or enzymes.

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Tons of water and rest. I try to stick to whole foods only, nothing processed. I also won't dare eat out or allow anybody cook for me until I'm over it. I got sick last week. I'm just now feeling better. Now if my skin would clear up, that would be wonderful : ).

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I would definitely stay away from the laxatives - we already have problems absorbing foods and if we wipe them out of our system there could be some significant issues with dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. I take digestive enzymes which help the bloating SIGNIFICANTLY and while drinking lots of water (room temperature, not ice cold), lay down and put a heating pad on my tummy. Try making your own chicken or beef broth at home, it eases the digestive track while still giving you some of the nutrients that you need. Hope you feel better!!!

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I feel your pain... After a month of feeling good (other than a flu that wouldn't quit), I got glutened again on Saturday :(

I always get D really bad, so if I have to work or travel, I take immodium, which can get me through the first few days. But basically, I feel it just postpones the inevitable so I try to avoid it if I can.

The only good thing about this last glutening was I realized that this is how I used to feel ALL the time. Now it's getting a little rarer. Thank goodness!

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At Market of Choice last week I was looking at the Digestive Enzymes and saw they have one out specifically to help with gluten if you accidentally get glutened. looked like the recommendation was to take it anytime you were eating out, or might not have total control over the food you are getting. i'm going back to buy some to have for me and my kids. it was by Enzymedica, in the section with the Digest Basic, Digest and Digest Gold - obviously part of the line. Enzymedica has a website with a store locator so you could find some.

i take digestive enzymes everytime i eat, without fail, and i think that's gotta be why i don't get sick from this. i was very sick as a college student, but that's been 35 years and i feel pretty great. only got diagnosed a month ago. since then, i've read a couple of references to speculation on whether or not digestive enzymes provide protection against damage for celiacs. i don't know, but i'm certain i've had this since i was a kid and i'm basically healthy most of the time and only just gave up gluten in november. i'd encourage you to try some.

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