When you have a food allergy, having a backup plan for when the inevitable mistake happens is important. When you have an allergy to gluten, accidentally ingesting it is the opposite of fun. Maybe your order at a restaurant was mixed up in the kitchen, or a few crumbs were missed on the counter you prepared your food on. Either way, stomach aches, rashes and other allergic reactions to gluten are not pleasant.
So what can you do at home to make yourself feel better? Try these 4 natural remedies next time gluten accidentally finds its way into your system!
1. Ex-nay on dair-ay! Dairy is an inflammatory and, when traveling through the small intestine, blocks nutrient intake–just like gluten does! Your body will recover more quickly from accidentally ingesting gluten if you stay away from dairy products until you’re feeling normal again.
2. Rest, rest, and more rest. When you ingest gluten, your body needs to take time to repair itself. The best way for our bodies to get the time they need to heal is by sleeping. Take it easy for a few days while your body goes back to normal to make sure you’re feeling better in no time!
3. Fluids are your friend! And these three are your best friends: Water, Ginger Tea, & Coconut Water. When you ingest gluten, you want to begin your recovery by sipping water continuously throughout each day. This will help your body in its healing process and keep you well-hydrated. Coconut water is high in antioxidants and potassium, which is very beneficial for the recovery process. Ginger tea is recommended (for those who can ingest ginger) since it is an anti-inflammatory and a digestive aid, which can help if you’re feeling nauseous. As always, you should avoid sugary drinks.
4. Is there anything avocados can’t do? Avocados are vitamin and nutrient gold mines: rich in vitamins B, K and E, potassium and monounsaturated fat. Not only that, they are recommended for their anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal benefits. When you are on the mend from ingesting gluten, eating avocados are a great way to boost your recovery! Plus, they are delicious and simple to prepare how you like!
These natural remedies are great ways to help you after you accidentally ingest gluten. There are also supplements and drugs available for purchase that were created to help with the recovery from a gluten allergic reaction. You should, of course, always speak with your physician before starting any regiment!