Gluten, it's a generally harmless protein found in wheat, barley and rye. To most people it is an essential part of their daily lives, whether or not
they even realize it. To others, well, it simply means pain, fatigue, headaches, joint aches and other mostly digestive issues that I won't go into
detail with here.
Much of the following post is anecdotal, but if I can prevent another human being any of the pain that comes from getting "glutened" then it's all
As an individual with celiac disease I encounter the gluten protein in many forms, some not as obvious as others. The hair salon is apparently a very
dangerous place for a celiac. Many of the peroxide based bleaches contain wheat germ oil, many of the products contain hidden gluten ingredients.
Nothing is safe, bleaches, dyes, shampoos, conditioners, or even the products used such as hairspray and serums.
I have stepped foot in a salon three times in the last five years, twice to donate my hair. This time I figured I would do something for me and be
selfish, what I got was an awesome head of berry hair, and horribly glutened four days before my wedding anniversary. I guess that's what I get,
So, today I am here playing human guinea pig to shorten the duration and severity of the illness. When the gluten protein, in any form or trace
amount, enters the celiac body an entire chain of reactions occurs. There are methods that can help with the pain and discomfort of the inevitable. My
very first line of defense is activated charcoal. It will absorb and help to expel the gluten from the system. I personally get heartburn, like a
donkey kicked my chest heartburn, half an hour after ingesting the protein. This makes it easier to pinpoint the cause. Then I take an enzyme called
Gluten Ease, this helps to actually digest the protein for me.
Here is also a list of other things that can possibly help:
Bone Broth- super rich in collagen and very nutrient dense, the collagen helps to heal the fissures in the intestines
Herbal teas for detox- green tea, clover, ginger, mint, chamomile, dandelion, anything soothing and detoxing with lots of honey
Turmeric- anti-inflammatory spice, I put it in my broth, my drinks and I take a supplement from my doc
Ginger- fresh and added in anywhere possible
Chia seeds- when soaked they produce a mucilagenic substance that helps to coat the intestinal walls, protecting them from future damage
Apple Cider Vinegar- is a great belly healer, has good cultures and kills heartburn pain
Good quality probiotics- just to repopulate a demolished belly with the good guys
Long hot baths- soak in a detox bath with epsom salts and bentonite clay to draw the toxins out of the system
There are many other feel better fixes for being glutened out there, these are my fallbacks to try and live a normal life instead of being bed ridden
and demolished for two weeks over a silly mistake.
I also want to bring everybody's attention to the very hidden sources of gluten. I was actually nailed by a hair serum to smooth my recently
distressed hair. I used the product for two days before having an acute reaction. The acute reaction could only come from the ingestion of the
protein. However, it has now brought to my attention the topical sources of gluten I am still using. I have been using the same hair and body products
for years. I made the erroneous assumption that since I didn't react that they were ok. I have still fought the constant low grade, some times bad,
fatigue, anxiety, depression and other low level symptoms that could really be anything. I have been wracking my brain and spending my free time
constantly steam cleaning carpets and furniture thinking there were trace dog proteins in my house. Only to discover through research and reasoning
that it's my shampoo and conditioner causing even my respiratory symptoms and brain fog.
Hopefully nobody else out there will ever need this info. I simply wanted to share, just in case.
Who would have ever guessed a trip the salon and a severe gluten reaction could help answer so many other questions ?