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How I Recover After Getting Glutened

Getting glutened is no joke, and despite my diligence, still happens to me. Within hours of gluten exposure, I'm married to the porcelain throne and can bank on a few days of full-on flu symptoms, followed by a week or two of digestive/skin issues, joint pain, brain fog, fatigue, and more.


Through trial and error, I've learned how to manage my symptoms as well as kick-start my healing and recovery process.



Rest


This was a huge adjustment for me. My first instinct was to soldier through my symptoms. It wasn't long before I realized all I was doing was prolonging my recovery. I work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. It was unrealistic for me to think that I could keep up without crashing! Same goes for personal commitments - I started listening to my body and being honest with myself and others about what I could and couldn't do.


Rest can mean different things to different people. For me, it means curling up in bed with a hot water bottle and a feel-good book or show with Zeus by my side and a gut-soothing tea within arm's reach. Complete R&R!



Hydrate


My body craves warm drinks. Herbal teas (specifically turmeric ginger or spearmint) and bone broth are my go-tos. Homemade broth tastes the best to me, but if you aren't into the 2-day process, the Bone Broth Bar has some yummy options as well. Speaking of convenience, Organika's Chicken Protein Powder is a great travel/back-up option as well; just add hot water and you're set!


In case you were wondering, the answer is, yes - bone broth is worth the hype! It contains gut-healing collagen and glutamine and has been a major game changer for me.


If warm drinks aren't your thing, plain ol' h2o and coconut water are also good choices.


Support my digestion


I usually can't stomach anything but broth for the first two days. Once I get my appetite back, I keep things pretty simple. I stick to smoothies, baked sweet potatoes and steamed veg. I steer clear of grains, nightshades, legumes, meat, fish and eggs. Oh, and no salads - raw vegetables are way too difficult to digest. I take digestive enzymes and a probiotic daily as it is, but they're especially important during this time.


I also incorporate additional supplements to help soothe my gut and reduce inflammation:



I hope you find this useful as you navigate your gluten-free journey. Remember, sh*t happens! LITERALLY. And even the most cautious gluten-free eaters get glutened (I know, I'm one of them!). Be patient, and be kind to yourself. This will pass.


I'm here to help if you have questions. ❤︎

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