Glutened, glutenated, glutenized. Whatever you call it, all Celiacs seem to have a term for accidental gluten ingestion. And we all also have some variation of an “emergency kit” for those unfortunate occasions when it happens. My symptoms vary when I get glutened so depending on where I am and what my symptoms are, here are the things I use and do when my stomach is feeling awful.
- Lots of water. Hydrating yourself is important but warm water is easier for me to stomach, especially when it’s already sensitive. Lately, I’ve been infusing my water with fresh ginger, mint and lemon using this water infusion pitcher.
- Ginger tea. I buy plain ginger, not mixed with black or green tea beccause sometimes caffeine bothers my stomach even more. Ginger is known for its stomach-soothing properties and since it’s just ginger, this counts toward my water intake as well. You can also cut up fresh ginger root and make a beverage this way.
- Peppermint tea. Like with ginger, I make sure to buy just plain peppermint, no other ingredients.
- Pepto Bismol. I’m most likely to use this when I’m on vacation or otherwise not in the comfort of my home. It’s not my solution of choice, but it’s better than being stuck in my room for an entire vacation. It works pretty quickly and is effective at treating the symptoms.
- Yoga poses. This great article covers some yoga poses for healthy digestion. The one I use most frequently is the main picture at the top, and the last pose described.
- Hot water bottle. I’ve been using these hot water bottles for over 7 years now. I prefer these to heating pads and don’t even get me started on all the uses I have for these hot water bottles! They last FOREVER (or at least 7 years!) and the fleece liner is machine-washable. When I’ve been glutened, I heat up water, fill this up, and put it on my stomach.
- Peppermint gum. I use Orbit, but as long as your gum is gluten free, it shouldn’t matter what brand you use. I find this especially effective for nausea, especially if it’s immediately following a meal.
What do you do when you accidentally ingest gluten?