Hopefully you just happened to come along this article, because getting glutened SUCKS and I really hope you are in good health!
Sadly, we all get glutened at some point…It just happens. You got distracted and didn’t pay attention to the label, or a waitress messed up your order, or you got sick at someone’s party, etc, etc…
Whatever the reason, someone (or you) drop the ball, you got terribly sick and now it’s time to recover…
In the next couple of minutes you’ll discover 10 natural ways to feel better by getting relief from your gluten symptoms FASTER than ever before.
Rest & drink lots of water! Here’s 5 reasons behind it:
- Water is our fuel. We’re more than 60% of water, so if we cheap out on our fluid intake, it’s like not filling up the gas tank for your car and expect it to run anyways!
- You need to avoid dehydration if you are experiencing diarrhea or vomiting. Lack of fluids will make you more tired, give you headaches and only make your symptoms worse.
- It helps reduce bloating & constipation.
- It aids flushing toxins out of your body.
- It will help with fatigue, but you still need to take it easy. Your body is fighting the gluten battle for you, so give it a nice rest!
The magical benefits of 6 herbal teas
Here’s a list of herbal teas that will not only help with your fluid intake, but could also help relieve many of your gluten symptoms:
- Peppermint tea: Peppermint relaxes intestinal and stomach muscles. It can be especially beneficial when suffering from gas or bloating.
- Ginger tea (or fresh ginger root): Ginger is an amazing anti-inflammatory. It relieves bloating, nausea and stomach pain. Plus it also aids with muscle and joint pain.
- Chamomile tea: Like ginger, Chamomile is an anti-inflammatory and can reduce stomach pain and cramps. It also has sedative effects so take it’s perfect to help you have a good rest.
- Dandelion tea: Dandelion alleviates gas and bloating. It also stimulates digestion and can act as a mild laxative.
- Spearmint & Lemon Balm Tea: Both herbs belong to the mint family and are highly beneficial for gluten symptoms. Spearmint helps relax stomach muscles and reduces nausea. Lemon balm has sedative chemicals that help calm upset stomachs and aids with bloating, gas and vomiting. It’s also beneficial for headaches.
The healing effects of a secret broth…
When I say broth I absolutely do NOT mean store bought! I mean homemade grandma’s style broth.
What’s the Best broth ever to drink? Bone Broth. This broth is made by boiling meat bones for hours until collagen is broken down and converted to gelatin. The gelatin and the broth’s high concentration of minerals aids with multiple GI symptoms. It’s also known for alleviating pain in joints as-well as gut pain and for giving a boost to the immune system.
My all-time favorite broth is from pho! Be careful don’t just go to any Vietnamese place and buy pho because it might not be the real thing (e.g. if they use boxed or concentrated broth WITH GLUTEN or a non gluten-free hoisin sauce).
But if you have a restaurant you trusts or you want to make your own, it is just fantastic! I find that it works wonders for me…
I’ve researched and tried multiple recipes and this is my favorite authentic pho recipe EVER! So try it out and tell me if it worked for you…
Now, let’s move on to some other natural ways to relieve symptoms
What are carminatives and how can they help?
A Carminative is an agent that relieves or prevents gas, with local anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and even a small anti-microbial effect in the muscle coats and lining of the esophagus, stomach, and intestines.
- Lemon Balm, peppermint & spearmint are considered to have carminative agents. As we covered before, you can have them in teas.
- Dill it’s another anti-inflammatory that reduces gas and aids digestive health. It also prevents bone degradation.
- Fennel: You can add it in your food or try chewing fennel seeds. It helps with gas, constipation and inflammation of the stomach.
- Sage is another herb with anti-inflammatory actions
- Anise seeds relax the muscles in our digestive tract and aids with gas.
- Here’s some other ingredients with carminative agents to include in your meals: garlic, marjoram, oregano, nutmeg, parsley, rosemary, saffron, pepper, onions, coriander, anise seed, caraway, cumin, mustard.
Last but not least…something to include everyday:
- Fish oil has many benefits including coating your intestinal lining and reducing inflammation so it may be a good idea to include in your everyday diet.
- Celiact is a nutritional supplement with probiotics, digestive enzime support, glutamine, antioxidants plus vitamins and nutrients especifically targeted for people with celiac disease.
If you are feeling down from getting glutened all the time, this might help! Last time I got sick, I started a “gluten accident” calendar for two very important reasons:
- Reason #1: To write down what the heck happened, have it as a reminder for next time and become wiser…(e.g. put restaurants on my black list, remember to bring my own snacks to parties, etc)
- Reason #2: To treat myself, Why not? 🙂 Every 100 days without getting glutened, I get a magical price –from me to me-like a full spa day for being healthy, careful and smart with my choices.
Looking for more natural ways to help with your symptoms? Try this relaxing meditation and yoga poses to find your calm and aid with your gluten symptoms
We all react different to gluten, so it’s very important to take this recommendations as reference only. I am no doctor and this natural ways are not scientifically proven…
Try them with caution to find out what works for your symptoms and share it with the gluten free community, you might help someone feel better!