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How to Feel Better After Eating Gluten

People with both celiac disease and gluten sensitivity often suffer after accidentally eating gluten. But, did you know that people without gluten sensitivity can struggle to digest gluten too?

An accidental gluten exposure can happen to people avoiding gluten. This can be due to cross-contamination with gluten on cooking surfaces or hidden gluten in foods.

But, the reality is, the temptation of gluten foods also can overcome you, especially if you are away from home (it happens!)

So, are you stuck feeling miserable for weeks on end when you eat gluten?

Luckily, there are ways to get back on track and feel your best more quickly.

For a quick summary, here are the take-home points of this post:

1. Get back on a gluten free diet regimen as soon as possible

2. Eat antioxidant-rich foods

3. Hydrate well; use a healthy electrolyte drink and try bone broth

4. Add broad-spectrum digestive enzymes as soon as possible

5. Take a probiotic supplement twice daily

6. Try activated charcoal

7. Mix glutamine powder into your water

8. Betaine HCL may help

9. Get some gentle exercise

Symptoms of a gluten exposure or “gluten attack”


Do you ever get that sensation of your stomach and intestines feeling “glued” together and an overall yucky feeling after eating gluten?

Yeah me too.

What does a gluten attack feel like besides the “glued” up belly?

Here are some other common signs you may have been glutened:

Indigestion
Heartburn
Gas and bloating
Brain fog
Headaches
Skin rashes and acne
Fatigue
Diarrhea or constipation
Joint pain


It was once thought that people with celiac disease were the only ones with systemic reactions to gluten.

Now, research shows that people with non-celiac gluten sensitivity also have far-reaching health effects from eating gluten too.

For example, one recent research study of over 200 people showed that 64% of people with gluten sensitivity had brain shrinkage in the area of the cerebellum [R].

Brain shrinkage!

What is more, 92 percent of people with gluten sensitivity had decreased cerebellar circulation (perfusion) due to gluten intake.

A strict gluten-free diet helped to alleviate the brain circulation issue in these studies.

So yes, it’s important to stick to your gluten-free diet if you are sensitive to it.

How to feel better after eating gluten


There are many ways to feel better if you have accidentally found yourself glutened. You can try these tips all at the same time.

Just make sure to always check in with your healthcare provider if you are making any major changes to your healthcare routine.

Don’t stress, but get back on track
Don’t push the panic button, but get back on a gluten-free diet ASAP.

It’s easy to throw in the towel if you have had an accidental gluten exposure, with the logic “well I already blew it, so I should just keep eating gluten for a while.”

However, the quicker you can get back on track the better you will feel.

But, don’t stress if you aren’t perfect. You can avoid gluten moving forward.

After all, stress is very bad for the gut and for the healing process.

So, just relax, and trust that your body will heal. Focus on getting gluten-free foods that are tasty and nourishing.

” All disease begins in the gut”

Hippocrates

Eat antioxidant-rich foods


Accidentally eating gluten can cause inflammation in the gut and in the body. The best way to help counteract this inflammation is by getting nutrient-rich and antioxidant-rich foods.

A few favorite foods that are also healing for the gut are:

  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Leafy greens
  • Wild-caught fish
  • Tulsi
  • Broccoli sprouts
  • Mushrooms
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Herbal teas
  • Fresh pineapple (for enzymes)


While you are healing, it may also make sense to avoid other difficult-to-digest foods as well.

This could include dairy or other known food triggers for you.

Following an overall gut healing diet is super helpful for anyone with accidental glutening.

Hydrate well

By staying hydrated, you will help your body clear out toxins due to gluten exposure.

If you have diarrhea due to gluten, you also may want to get a healthy electrolyte powder to add to your drinks too.

Bone broth is also a nourishing and electrolyte-rich way to help soothe and heal the gut.

Take digestive enzymes as soon as possible

When the gut is inflamed due to getting glutened, digestive enzymes can be a really helpful tool.

This is because inflammation can reduce your body’s own ability to produce enough digestive enzyme levels in the small intestine and pancreas.

Digestive enzymes help you to digest all the foods you are eating.

The type of gluten matters

Additionally, gluten digestion is also impacted by its method of cooking. For example, baked goods with gluten are virtually impossible to digest, even for healthy people, according to research.


However, if this same baked gluten was taken with a digestive enzyme called amylase, the gluten may be more easily broken down.

So, it makes sense to get a broad spectrum digestive enzyme to help if you have been accidentally eating gluten or intentionally eat it. (Yeah we sometimes cave into cravings. We are human!)

It’s likely a smart idea to take digestive enzymes regularly if you have any food intolerances anyways.

Get probiotic foods

Probiotic foods can help balance the gut microbiome and restore proper digestive function. Healthy probiotic foods also help to dampen down inflammation in the gut.

In fact, a review study found that probiotics reduced GI symptoms in people with celiac disease by almost 30 percent compared to no probiotics [R].

Examples of probiotic foods are raw sauerkraut, kimchi, fermented carrots, fermented asparagus, yogurt, and kefir. Some experts, like Amy Myers, MD, also recommend supplementing probiotics twice daily when exposed to gluten.

The Best Probiotics for Acid Reflux

Try activated charcoal


This tip has some controversy behind it when it comes to accidental gluten.

While there isn’t any direct evidence that activated charcoal helps bind gluten in the body, it does bind peanut allergen compounds [R].

Logic would suggest that it could also bind other allergens like gluten.

Using activated charcoal is a way to help reduce toxins by binding them and helping them to be excreted out of the body.

After all, healthcare providers use charcoal for all kinds of accidental overdoses.

And, it’s relatively safe for anyone to try. (Many kinds are made out of coconut husks).

Activated charcoal is also used to reduce gas and bloating too.

Just make sure you are taking charcoal away from prescription medications; charcoal can bind them too. And also, make sure you drink plenty of water when taking it.


Mix glutamine powder into your water
Did you know that glutamine, a type of amino acid, is your gut’s major fuel source?

Glutamine also helps with gut healing as well [R].

Not surprisingly, glutamine also makes many people struggling with GI issues feel better too [R].

With glutamine powder, it’s best to start with a little bit, see how you feel, and make sure that your product is gluten-free, of course.

Betaine HCL may help


Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Or as in the case of gluten intolerance, which came first, low stomach acid or gluten intolerance?

Low stomach acid can contribute to food intolerance, and gluten is no exception.

Many people find that adding betaine HCL helps reduce gluten intolerance symptoms.

Betaine HCL increases the acidity of the stomach, which may help alleviate food sensitivity and food allergy symptoms.

Another interesting fact is that the use of stomach acid-suppressing medications increases the risk of food allergies [R].

People often just feel better, digestive function-wise, when adding betaine HCL.

Of course, there are exceptions to this. Use common sense, and check-in with your doctor first.

Get some exercise

When you have been exposed to gluten, it helps to exercise a bit. This is because exercise helps to improve the muscle movements of the intestines.

By “moving” things along by exercising, you can help yourself feel better quicker.

How long does a gluten attack last?


When you are trying to recover from gluten exposure, you want to do so swiftly. So how long will symptoms last?

It really depends on how much gluten you ate, how sensitive you are, and if you have celiac disease or not.

Even then, the symptoms can vary from person to person and the time to recovery can as well.

Common gluten sensitivities can feel better within a day or so, while some people with celiac disease can struggle for weeks.

It really boils down to how quickly you nip it in the bud, the steps you take to heal, and how healthy you were BEFORE gluten exposure.

Interestingly, your digestive system may have healed, but that darn bit of acne caused by gluten may remain for longer! That is because the skin takes longer to heal.

Organic natural beauty

Organic natural beauty is a precious gift and yet it is completely unappreciated and misunderstood.  In a world where people are constantly bombarded with social media or commercials telling them which cool new makeup to wear or which new vibrant glowing shampoo to buy, it’s no wonder that men and women often feel inadequate and insecure about their appearance.  Turn off your television and put away the stinky perfume magazines

Take some time to go on the Internet research and learn about natural alternatives or drive to the nearest organic health food store and learn about earth-friendly products that are safe enough to drink and won’t destroy your organs and skin cells.

True natural beauty isn’t found in a bottle of shampoo that’s loaded with 5,000 petrochemicals, neurotoxins, and irritants. True natural beauty is found in a mint leaf or a lemongrass plant that is safe enough to eat.  Chemically laden perfume and cosmetics are not the solution to having youthful wonderful beauty.  There’s nothing beautiful or sexy about a product that contains a toxic soup of chemicals.  True beauty is found in a blend of organic essential oils, such as sandalwood oil, rose hips oil, lemongrass oil, aloe vera gel, and chamomile oil that when mixed form a wonderful blend that creates a silky beautiful shampoo and cheek blush color that enliven the skin cells, not suffocate them. 

Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it absorbs everything you put on it.  It’s wise then to try only earth friendly healthy plant pigments on your skin so your internal organs are safe and healthy. 🌻

Much Love Blessings Gratitude,

Maria xo 💜🐞🌈🌲🌿🌺💦🍋🍊

HOMEMADE ORGANIC COUGH REMEDIES FOR COLDS AND FLU

HOW TO MAKE A HOMEMADE ORGANIC COUGH SYRUP FOR COLDS AND FLU

I wanted to give you a cough syrup remedy to grab when you need help with a cough, especially during this crazy flu and allergy season. This recipe is one I have tried personally with my family. We make it different ways at times depends on preferences. It’s made with all-natural ingredients that provides cough relief and have antiviral and anti inflammatory benefits!

Nutrients in pineapple juice help thanks to its ability to soothe the throat and dissolve mucus.

🍍Pineapples contain bromelain, an enzyme with anti-inflammatory properties. It fights infections and kills bacteria. – Drinking pineapple juice helps soothe a sore throat and aids the body to expel mucous easily. -The bromelain present in pineapple also helps to calm cough arising due to the cold.


HOMEMADE COUGH SYRUP

Great ingredients you can add with this cough syrup to turn it into a stronger boost drink are garlic, arugula, basil, with organic orange juice. While these ingredients are an ultra boost for the immune system the little ones might not like the taste so I advise to just give a teaspoon if needed for a cough and add honey as needed. Store in a glass bottle or mason jar.

 Pineapple juice or blend slices

♡ Honey

 Squeezed limes

 Ground ginger

Blend ingredients together

Take 1-3 tablespoons as needed to soothe a cough, cold or sore throat.

Simple Homemade Lemon Ginger balm & Honey Syrup Recipe

Perfect for the cold seasons & your natural medicine cabinet, with dedication, herbal remedies and syrups are one of the simplest, healthiest recipes you can make! This recipe is one of our favorites that we make at my home and reach for all the time especially in the winter!

Syrups are basically composed of a strong herbal tea, and can be made in different ways, mixed with honey which helps preserve it longer than a normal herbal tea would last. They are a delicious natural remedy used for centuries and a great way to help treat colds for kids and loved ones!

Ingredients and Benefits

Benefits of ginger include:

  • fights nausea and queasiness
  • helps with indigestion
  • is warming, so especially useful in winter or when you have chills

Studies & traditional herbalism have shown that lemon balm:

  • Is especially effective against viruses, especially the ones that cause cold sores
  • calms nerves & improves mood
  • soothes an upset stomach
  • may help promote sleep

Fresh lemon juice was added to the recipe for its vitamins and bioflavonoids, but also because it makes the syrup extra good.

Raw honey is a germ fighting powerhouse and also soothes and coats inflamed throats and tummies.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup chopped, fresh lemon balm leaves (or 1/8 cup dried lemon balm)
  • 2 inch section of fresh ginger root, or chop about a square, peeled & chopped,
  • If you don’t have ginger root, you can use powdered ginger! I would try around 1/4 tsp powdered ginger for a recipe this size.
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) simmering hot water
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) raw honey, or more to taste

Directions to Make:

Step 1:

Place the chopped lemon balm leaves and ginger root into a heatproof 8 oz (half-pint) canning jar. Pour the simmering hot water over the herbs, cover with a saucer and let steep for around an hour. Strain the resulting tea.

Step 2:

Pour the 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice into a 1/4 measuring cup and then fill it the rest of the way with straines lemon balm/ginger tea. (If you’re allergic or can’t use lemon juice, just omit it and use more tea in its place.)

Step 3:

Combine the tea & lemon juice combination with 1/4 cup of raw honey and stir well. Don’t heat the honey or it will lose some of its beneficial properties, so just keep stirring until it all combines.

Step 4:

The tea itself steeps in less than one hour. Cap, label and store the finished honey in your refrigerator for around 2 weeks. Stir before each use. 2 weeks is the shelf life. Remake for each season as needed.

Notes

Take by the spoonful. as needed, for relief of minor symptoms of cold or flu.

This recipe can also be made without the lemon balm leaves as well!

To do so just place about 5 sliced lemons in a jar, pour in some raw honey & help move the lemon slices a bit so the honey can mix in well, try not to squeeze the lemon down to much, If you happen to have honey that has hardened or crystallized, just simply fill a pot with warm water and place your honey jar in for just a few minutes, then proceed to pour your honey into the jar with your sliced ginger root and lemon slices, feel free to add just a few cut pieces of garlic to add a boost to this herbal remedy.. Place top and close your jar and flip it upside down for about 30 mins to get that honey nice & mixed. Place in your fridge. Your Natural Remedy cough syrup will be ready in about 24 hours! I like to wait overnight for the morning. 🌿🌺

Also try putting into little spray bottles to use as a sore throat spray!

*Here is a extra Cough Syrup to try!- Fresh squeezed lemon juice, grated fresh ginger, garlic, apple cider vinegar w/mother, fresh ground black pepper, cayenne pepper & honey. It is amazing and so helpful for colds as well!

*Remember you don’t have to have a cold or flu to enjoy this you can use it as a syrup or in your tea!

If you enjoyed this recipe for an easy herbal syrup for cold & flu season, let’s keep in touch!

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