It’s happened to all of us, you go out with friends and when the waiter comes over you let him know you have a couple of food requests. You proceed by ordering your “safe foods” and carry on with the evening thinking all will be well. Unfortunately, the bloating begins, stomach pains, phlegm in our throats, food fatigue and we can feel our fingers and toes start to swell. Symptoms will vary for all of us but we all know when we’ve been gluten sabotaged.
Here are a few steps to take to calm the gluten storm:
Get it out and get it out quick!
Think of this phrase, “the solution to pollution is dilution.” So we recommend that you drink water to flush the system. You can add in electrolytes or use coconut water to help if your experiencing diarrhea to ensure you staying hydrated.
Enzymes will help speed up the process of breaking down the large gluten proteins. This will help with assimilation and digestion of the nutrients and help ease digestive discomforts.
Ask us about the product GLUTENZA. It pulverizes the gluten proteins offering superior support for gluten breakdown as well as ingredients to support a healthy digestive tract.
(We often tell people to take before they eat out to prevent any adverse events if sneaky gluten gets onto your plate)
Calm the Inflammatory Storm….
Now is the time to take an extra dose of Tumeric. You can take it on its own or throw it in a smoothie. Turmeric has been around for 4,000 years to promote wellness. It’s an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, as well as supports the immune system and aids in detoxification. It’s one of our favorite things to use to squelch a flaming fire!
Vitamin D is crucial for down regulating chronic and acute inflammatory processes. It supports wound healing and helps with eliminating infections. It is involved in gastrointestinal absorption and in energy production. If our gut is compromised and fatigue sets in, vitamin D is highly recommended.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
One of nature’s best anti-inflammatories! Consider taking an extra capsule or dose of fish oil until symptoms of gluten exposure subside.
Go easy on your gut…..
In order to heal the gut and we need to make sure we stay on a clean eating program. Make sure to avoid any high allergen foods such as soy, gluten, dairy, alchohol, caffeine and sugar, until digestion has calmed. Then we can start to bring things back in on rotation and slowly while taking note of any symptoms that may occur.
This is a wonderful solution to healing the gut and even reducing inflammation. The gelatin in the broth helps to protect and heal the mucosal lining in the gut and gives us a ton of minerals with each cup. Bone broth can be an inexpensive and miraculous fix for acute digestive insults, such as gluten exposure and also, those with chronic G.I disorders.
What we do know is that gluten feeds “bad” bacteria, this causes dysbiosis, meaning there is an imbalance of “bad” versus “good” bacteria in the gut. During times of gluten or allergen exposures we recommend doubling your probiotic for a week until symptoms start to ease.
There are a number of things to use to combat against gluten exposure! I wanted to keep things simple and try to list a few products many of our patients already have on hand. If you would like more information on this topic we have a nutritionist who can walk you through your best steps to take based off your presenting set of symptoms.
It is our goal to educate our patients to find their own personal way of eating for maximum health. If you have still not figured out your food triggers or are experiencing digestive symptoms we can help you get to the root cause of your problems. Let us help you take back your health. Please call our office for more information 561-819-0530.