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What To Do If You Accidentally Ate Gluten

By: Molly Hall, Editor,
What To Do If You Accidentally Ate Gluten

When you follow a gluten free lifestyle, you take certain precautionary measures to ensure that you don't accidentally ingest gluten. However, at some point, the inevitable will happen: you will consume gluten. Whether your order was prepared incorrectly at a restaurant or you took a bite of a cookie with gluten in it, the aftermath is pretty much the same.

Unfortunately, there isn't a magic cure for accidental gluten intake. The best "cure" when you've ingested gluten is time. Depending on the severity of your allergy or intolerance, the time that it takes to pass will differ. However, there are a few things that you can do to either make the symptoms more bearable or help them subside faster.  

Let yourself rest

Just like any other time you feel sick, rest is your best friend. If you can afford to do so, take time off of work or school. If not, try to lessen your workload for the first couple of days when you feel the worst. Go to bed earlier each night and sleep as late into the morning as you can. The body will naturally repair itself during sleep, so by getting more sleep each night, you are decreasing your recovery time. 

Drink plenty of fluids

This is all starting to sound familiar, isn't it? Water is one of the best ways "flush" toxins out of your body, so be sure to be drinking a lot of it! Certain types of tea, such as peppermint and ginger, may also alleviate nausea. Shy away from strongly flavored juices and sports drinks that may have added sodium and sugar as they may further upset your stomach. 

Keep an eye on your dairy intake

Due to the hypersensitivity that your intestines are experiencing, you may become temporarily lactose intolerant. It's a good idea to avoid consuming any dairy products like cheese, milk, and yogurt until you are starting to feel better. 

Eat "safe" foods

It's a good idea to eat whole and naturally gluten free foods when you are recovering from gluten exposure. This is also not the time to "take a chance" on a new food or restaurant that claims to be gluten free. Be cognizant of your body's needs during this time. Eating mild or bland foods may also help, or at the very least, shouldn't make things worse. 


1. Recovering From an Accidental Glutening from
2. Top 10 Ways to Recover After Gluten Exposure from

Disclaimer: does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. These tips are for informational purposes only. Consult a physician if you have symptoms of gluten exposure.

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Thank you for these tips. I did accidentally eat a rusk. In South Africa rusks are very common, especially eaten at breakfast time with coffee. A rusk is basically a twice baked sweet bread. I really did suffer but I was new to this and getting rid of old habits can be tough when you are not concentrating on what you are doing. I felt so disappointed, like I had to start from the beginning again. At least I know that there are remedies and it does happen. I am going to take the advice of no dairy as well if it happens again.


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