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Friday, December 12, 2014

What to Do If You "Get Glutened" - Dr. Aviva Romm


  1. Always carry a few capsules of betaine HCL and digestive enzymes with you. An empty Altoids or Newman’s mints tin works wonders for stashing a few supplements in pretty much any handbag or backpack. If you are eating out, take 2 of each at the start of your meal for some extra “gluten protection insurance.” Between these supplements there’s a better chance of breaking down some of the offending proteins that my inadvertently find their way into your food.
  2. Also carry a few quercetin capsules with you. Quercetin is a bioflavonoid that gives onion skins their yellow color and is what is in apples that keeps the doctor away. It is a natural antihistamine – but it doesn’t make you sleepy at all. It is an excellent quick response to the inflammation and histamine reaction that can make you feel tired, drugged, and anxious after a gluten exposure. The dose is 250 mg up to 3 times daily. An alternate option is a combination of Quercetin and Freeze Dried Stinging Nettles – several companies make combined preparations. Nettles is a common herb that is safe enough that it can even be eaten as a steamed green vegetable – and like quercetin, is a non-sedating antihistamine.  Take as directed on the product you purchase, usually 2-3 capsules, 2-3 times/day. Of note, both are safe while breastfeeding, but quercetin is not for use during pregnancy.
  3. Take a probiotic as soon as you can after the exposure and 1-2 times daily for a few consecutive days after.
  4. Have Digestive Bitters on hand at home or in your bag (they usually come as a liquid, but you can easily keep a 1 oz. dropper-bottle in your bag). Herb Pharm, Gaia Herbs, and Urban Moonshine all make excellent bitters products. The dose is 1-2 dropperfuls in water with or just after your meal, and then repeat 1-3 times daily. Not all bitters products are safe during pregnancy so check with your midwife or doc before taking.
  5. Take 600 mg of NAC (n-acetylcysteine) 2-3 times/day for extra detox support for a few days after your exposure. It is also a natural anti-inflammatory supplement.
  6. Eat light and well for the rest of that day and the next – focus on vegetable broth, steamed vegetables, and fresh vegetable juice to ease the detoxification burden on your body.
http://avivaromm.com/what-to-do-if-you-get-glutened

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