I’ve been “glutened.” How long will it take me to recover, and is there anything I can do to speed up my recovery?
Recovery from exposure to gluten – being “glutened” – varies from person to person and also depends on how much gluten was ingested. Treat symptoms (e.g., diarrhea, headache, etc.) as you would if they were caused by anything else. Avoid dairy products as damaged intestinal villi (in the case of celiac disease) may have temporarily lost the ability to produce lactase needed for digesting the primary carbohydrate in dairy (lactose). While activated charcoal is effective at binding and removing some poisons from the system, there is no data to support that it binds gluten. Similarly, there is no data showing that glutenase–type products marketed as being able to “break down” gluten are effective. (See above: Is there a supplement I can take so I can still eat foods that contain gluten?)