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How to Detox From Gluten Fast

Effective Strategies for Getting Gluten Out of Your System Fast

Gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and other grains is a common component of the Western diet. Gluten exposure can cause serious health issues for those with celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), or a wheat allergy.  Purposeful or accidental ingestion of gluten by these individuals can lead to a range of symptoms, from mild discomfort, to severe inflammation throughout the body.

This article explores practical steps to:

  • Flush gluten out of your system
  • Dietary recommendations to aid recovery
  • Lifestyle choices and supplements to support healing
  • How to prevent future exposure.

Understanding Gluten and Its Effects on the Body

Gluten can trigger various reactions in sensitive individuals, ranging from gastrointestinal symptoms to systemic responses like fatigue, hormone imbalances, neurological problems, joint pain, and autoimmune disease. The severity of these effects often depends on several factors such as the individual’s level of sensitivity and the amount of gluten consumed.  Once symptoms begin, they can be debilitating.  So understanding how to get gluten out of your system fast can help restore balance and quality of life.

Immediate Steps To Help Flush Gluten Out of Your System

Depending on your transit time, gluten can stay in your digestive tract for up to 52 hours.  Even worse, antibodies caused by gluten can linger for as long as 60 days.  Getting gluten out of your system quickly is the best strategy to help expedite your recovery.  Below are the top 5 ways to help flush out gluten quickly.

1. Stop Gluten Consumption Immediately

The first and most crucial step is to stop any further gluten intake as soon as you realize you’ve been exposed.  This step should include ceasing eating out at restaurants or other people’s homes in order to avoid further accidental exposure or cross contamination.

2. Hydration

Increasing your water intake is vital to help your body flush out toxic by products of gluten induced inflammation.  Adequate water is also vital to help move the bowels, thus helping to eliminate any consumed gluten.  A more in depth breakdown on the importance of water in maintaining and supporting health can be found here.

3. Perform a Vitamin C Flush

A vitamin C flush can help clear your bowels, removing gluten remnants more quickly. In addition, vitamin C possesses anti-inflammatory properties, that can support the healing and recovery process.  Some research also shows that vitamin C helps to reduce mucosal inflammation in those with celiac disease.

To perform and vitamin C flush, drink 1-2 teaspoons of powdered Vitamin C every fifteen minutes until diarrhea (the flush) occurs. It is best to perform a vitamin C flush on an empty stomach.  It is also best to stay home or near a bathroom.  Once the flush begins, it typically takes several hours to complete.  To prevent dehydration, make sure to drink plenty of water with electrolytes.

4. Take Zeolite & Activated Charcoal

Zeolite, sometimes referred to as clinoptilolite, has been researched to be an effective binder of gluten. Activated charcoal is also an effective binder, though no research has been done to confirm whether or not it can bind to gluten, it’s use makes logical sense.  Charcoal has been used to bind ingested toxins and poisons, as well as to reduce gas and bloating symptoms.  It is important to note that the ingestion of zeolite and charcoal as a binder should be done as close as possible to the suspected gluten exposure.  It is also important to note that both of these binders can block absorption of medications.  Always wait at least an hour before or after using medication to consider using these binders as a tool to detox from gluten exposure. You may also consider discussing in detail with your healthcare provider.

5. Take a Gluten Degrading Enzyme

Supplements containing enzymes that break down gluten peptides may reduce symptoms post-exposure.  These enzymes can be especially helpful when eating out or in situations where gluten cross-contamination is possible.  Gluten Shield® is a very effective formula for this.  It is important to note that these enzyme formulations are not intended to be a full proof protection against purposeful gluten consumption.

Additional Recommendations to Aid Recovery

Probiotics and Prebiotics

Gluten exposure has been shown to disrupt the microbiome.  In addition, supplementation with probiotics have been found to be very beneficial for GI symptoms in  those with gluten related issues.  A major analysis of research studies found symptom improvement in almost 29% of patients.

Take Soothing Botanical Supplements

Supplements like aloe vera, slippery elm, and marshmallow root have a long track historical track record of use for their anti-inflammatory and soothing effects.   These botanicals also produce a mucous like substance that has the ability to coat and soothe the GI tract.  Though they have not been directly studied in context to relieving acute gluten exposure symptoms, many find these helpful for symptom relief after being exposed to gluten. GI Soothe is a formula that contains these key ingredients as well as other gut supporting nutrients like L-glutamine and cat’s claw.

Consider Fasting

Your gut cells regenerate every 2-7 days. This regeneration can be compromised by gluten exposure. Allowing your GI tract a break from food can expedite recovery, as fasting has been shown to stimulate healing and repair.

Eat Only Whole Foods

Processed foods can contain additives, gums, dyes, pesticides, and other toxic and harmful compounds.  Many of these have been shown to contribute to gut inflammation.  Eating whole organic foods eliminates these potential inflammatory threats.  Incorporate foods known for their anti-inflammatory properties, such as omega-3-rich fish, grass fed meats, as well as fresh organic fruits and vegetables, and berries, to help reduce systemic inflammation.

Get Adequate Sleep

Quality sleep is essential for healing. Focus on going to bed early and allowing your body the rest it will need to heal and recover.  Restorative sleep happens between 8 pm and 2 am, so prioritizing your bedtime to include this time frame is  ideal.  And if  you need greater motivation, remember that habitual late bedtimes are linked to a number of inflammatory diseases.

Preventing Future Exposure to Gluten

Avoiding gluten entirely is the cornerstone of managing sensitivity. This means being vigilant about reading labels and understanding where gluten can hide.  You can use our master list to help identify hidden forms of gluten.  Educating yourself about gluten is your best defense against future exposure.  Unfortunately, many people approach a gluten free diet armed with too little knowledge. The mistakes can set you back years on your road to recovery. If you aren’t sure, I highly recommend that you attend my free Glutenology™ Masterclass.

When to Seek Medical Help

If symptoms persist or worsen after taking steps to flush and remove gluten from your system, consulting with a healthcare professional is an important next step.  You may need additional testing or diagnostics.  “Everyone is entitled to more than one problem.”  If you are not getting better, it is possible that you have something else going on.


Navigating a gluten-free lifestyle requires awareness, education, and proactive management. By implementing these strategies, you can minimize the impact of accidental gluten exposure and support your body’s recovery process. Remember, the journey to optimal health is a personal one, and what works for one person may not work for another. Stay informed, listen to your body, and consult with healthcare professionals to tailor a plan that meets your unique needs.


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