My goal is always to give you tips and tidbits of info you can use immediately.
Except for today. I sincerely hope you never need what I’m about to tell you.
Unfortunately, odds are you will. When you do, remember this article, (which I recommend you print, fold, and tuck into your first aid kit).
Believe me; you’ll be glad you did.
So what is this not-so-immediately-useful-but-vital information??
I want to tell you what to do if you ever find yourself unknowingly ingesting gluten. It happens to us all at some point.
When it happens, there are steps you can take to ease your symptoms and speed recovery naturally. I call my plan…
How to Stand Back Up after Gluten Smacks You Down
1. Drink Ginger Tea. Ginger is anti-inflammatory and great for ridding the body of toxins. It is also a digestive aid and can reduce feelings of nausea and vomiting. For a single cup: Mix 1 teaspoon grated fresh gingerroot with 6-8 ounces boiling water. Steep five minutes, then sip. Do this up to three times daily to speed recovery.
Note: Ginger is a powerful natural product. Do NOT ingest ginger before speaking to your doctor if you take a blood thinner (ginger can increase the risk of bleeding), if you take medicine for diabetes (ginger can lower blood sugar), or if you take medicine for high blood pressure ( ginger can lower blood pressure).
2. Drink two kinds of water. Liquids are important for recovery. In addition to ginger tea, pure water and coconut water are best. Our bodies are 70% water, so we always need to keep hydrated. After gluten contamination, sip water continuously throughout the day. Aim for at least 60 ounces of water in a 24-hour period. Coconut water contains potassium and various antioxidants that will help your body recover. I do not recommend electrolyte replacement drinks (Gatorade, Powerade, etc.) because they contain high amounts of sugar. Sugar will slow recovery.
3. Get adequate rest. When we sleep, our bodies repair. If you ingest gluten, your body needs time to heal. Take a break from physical activity for a day or two and allow healing to take place.
4. Stay away from all dairy products (and remember, eggs are not dairy; they are an excellent source of protein if you do not have an egg allergy). Dairy is extremely inflammatory to the human body and blocks nutrient uptake in the small intestine (Yes, just like gluten does!). Even if you normally consume dairy products, your body will recover from accidentally ingesting gluten (or anything else!) much faster if you lay off the dairy.
5. Have a bowl of chicken soup. Chicken soup is healing when made with homemade stock. If you’ve just been contaminated with gluten, you don’t feel like (or have time to) simmering a big batch of stock. That’s why it’s a great idea to have a batch in the freezer! You can learn how I make my own homemade stocks (and terrific uses for them) right HERE. Having a batch in the freezer means in only minutes, you’ll reap healing benefits like: enhanced digestion, readily absorbable minerals, natural gelatins (from meat stocks) to heal the gut, and easily digestible proteins and other nutrients.
6. Eat avocado. Avocados are naturally healing, extremely easy to digest, rich in vitamins (vitamins B, K, and E) and nutrients (potassium and healthy monounsaturated fat), and have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. You can mash, slice, or puree them for a quick fix. When you’re up and about and feeling a bit more adventurous, give my unique gluten free avocado recipes a try!
Sure, there are expensive drugs and supplements out there making claims to speed recovery. I’m not telling you about those because I know we can heal our bodies naturally with the foods we eat.
I also know supplements are not standardized (remember my research training was at the National Center for Natural Products Research…I know what I’m talking about here, Honey Bunch.)
Not to mention, supplements cost an arm and a leg. If you’ve just been sucker punched by gluten, losing an arm and a leg is the last thing you need!
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