For many autoimmune hypothyroid patients (around 90% of us with hypothyroidism ), following a gluten-free diet and lifestyle is key to helping them feel better and manage their condition more effectively.
But what should you do if you’re ‘glutened’ by mistake?
First of All, Try Not to Beat Yourself up About It
Whether someone else has glutened you, despite you quizzing them on ingredients, or whether you’ve accidentally glutened yourself, being hard on yourself afterwards isn’t going to help. What you need to do now is focus on getting your body over it as soon as possible.
For many of us, eating gluten causes pesky symptoms such as nasty toilet experiences, acne, heart palpitations, wind, bloating, brain fog and mood swings to name just a few. So trying to overcome those as soon as possible is really important in getting your health back on track.
Drink Plenty of Water
Doing this help to flush the gluten through your system quicker and keep you hydrated if you’re having bad toilet trips from being glutened.
If ingesting gluten causes you constipation, bloating or wind, you can also try hot drinks such as half a lemon freshly squeezed in to some water, or herbal tea, as these can help to move things along. Lemons also contain antioxidant compounds that activate detoxifying enzymes.
Eat Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are also great for getting your bowels moving, so you can add these simple seeds to your food for the next few days to help your body expel the gluten. They’re also quite high in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, which help to reduce the inflammation caused by ingesting gluten. Inexpensive and simple enough to scatter or mix into everything, it’s definitely worth adding to your meals or snacks.
Incorporate Turmeric and Ginger
Turmeric and ginger are great natural and inexpensive anti-inflammatories. Ginger can even help to ease stomach cramping. You can take them in tea, hot water or even smoothies.
Get Your Bone Broth Down You
Drinking Bone broth is helpful as it is high in anti-inflammatories and amino acids and helps to protect and heal the mucosal lining of the digestive tract that can get disrupted by being glutened.
Many of us should consider adding bone broth to our daily routines in order to promote overall good health.
Probiotics are helpful when taken daily anyway, as they help our guts and support the immune system. You may want to increase your probiotic intake for a few days after gluten ingestion.
Digestive enzymes help to speed up the breakdown and absorption of macronutrients, so you can take an enzyme to help move things along. Dipeptidyl peptidase (DPP-IV) can help to break down gluten specifically.
Rest and Recuperate
If being glutened has caused heavy fatigue, inflammation leading to painful joints, achy muscles or even brain fog, remember to listen to your body and rest if you need it. Being glutened can cause your thyroid condition to flare up.
We often push ourselves more than is ideal and can cause a setback in our health. So listen to your body.
Gluten sensitivity as well as Coeliac’s disease can really wreak havoc on our bodies. I hope you’re feeling better soon!
Which of these are you going to give a try?
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Rachel Hill is the highly ranked and multi-award winning thyroid patient advocate, writer, speaker and author behind The Invisible Hypothyroidism. Her thyroid advocacy work includes authoring books, writing articles, blogging and speaking on podcasts, as well as being a board member for The American College of Thyroidology and The WEGO Health Patient Leader Advisory Board. Rachel has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Yahoo, MSN, ThyroidChange and many more. She is well-recognised as a useful contributor to the thyroid community and has received multiple awards and recognitions for her work and dedication. She has authored two books: ‘Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate‘ and ‘You, Me and Hypothyroidism‘. Rachel is British, but advocates for thyroid patients on a global scale.