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Way #25: Getting Really Curious When Ones Gluten-Exposure Symptoms Appear Might Help One More Readily Attain Gluten-Free Simplicity

Posted by nepeht on December 18, 2008

25. Getting Really Curious When Ones Gluten-Exposure Symptoms Appear Might Help One More Readily Attain Gluten-Free Simplicity.

  Do you know your Gluten-Exposure symptoms yet?  This is a fair question in that one is NOT being graded and as a bonus, it will hopefully encourage one to begin defining ones Gluten-Exposure symptoms.  When your neurotransmitters really get going, what do they look like?

What Might Gluten-Reaction Neurotransmitters Look Like? (c.2008, WTB)

What Might Gluten-Reaction Neurotransmitters Look Like? (c.2008, WTB)

  Gluten Intolerance Symptoms are one thing.  These are more long-term.  This article identifies them as:

include depression, eczema, joint pain, gastro-intestinal problems, and low iron levels in the blood.”

  But what I am trying to get at in this post are the symptoms one experiences that tell one that while they have been perhaps relatively gluten-free recently, they have probably just (within the last meal) been exposed to Gluten.  No doubt, we all get exposed to gluten here and again. 

  Not all of us can always have handy our “Wheat Allergy” Warning Stickiesto post about so that others won’t accidentally expose us to gluten.

  When my system is relatively free of Gluten and its immediate effects, I tend to eventually run into some form of hidden (and sometimes not so hidden) forms of gluten.  My symptoms of such exposures are pretty well defined at this point.  They tend to start almost immediately and go in this order:

  1. Throat Sensations (dry or discomfort)
  2. Histamine Reaction (Runny Nose, eyes)
  3. Gas (Upper)
  4. Headache
  5. Bowel Discomfort, Gas, Constipation, IBS
  6. Fatigue
  7. Depression (or mood swing)

  All of these symptoms do not always occur for me and they might not even always occur in that same order.

  The point of this blogger’s post is to help people recognize their own exposure symptoms.  Why? 

  1. If they recognize the symptoms in time, they can cut back on the contamination by ceasing their current eating activity immediately.
  2. Well, first of all it might help people to identify sources of hidden gluten so that they can choose next time, whether or not they want to be exposed.
  3. Once they recognize the onset of symptoms, they can shift into their own customized Gluten-Evacuation Process.  For me this means a lot of water, and sometimes a dose of a bulky food like rice or milk to help move things along.  For some this might also include aspirin or something for the headache if it occurs for them.
  4. If they know the symptoms are upon them, they can plan the remains of their day accordingly in order to cut down on any unnecessary social hardships etc…

  So,  this effects everyone differntly.  And their symptoms are reactions will be different also.  Still in all, I hope this is helpful to someone.


One Response to “Way #25: Getting Really Curious When Ones Gluten-Exposure Symptoms Appear Might Help One More Readily Attain Gluten-Free Simplicity”

  1. Nadine said

    Excellent and very useful article! Each person has an individual first reaction or set of reactions to gluten ingestion, and learning your own can, as you said, allow you to cut back on the contamination.

    Within a few weeks of learning that I had celiac disease I also learned of a personal response to gluten ingestion that is a 100% effective sign for me. It’s a reaction I’ve never heard anyone else mention.

    My ankles swell up. My ankle bracelet is my “gluten gauge.” It begins to feel tight within ten to 15 minutes of my first bite of a gluten-containing food. When this happens (usually at a restaurant), I know I’d better head for home, because I know that within an hour or an hour and a half I’ll be sitting on the porcelain princess, and I’ll have to spend at least the next 24 hours within easy reach of the bathroom.

    I also know that foods from the so-called “gluten-free menu” at that restaurant may not be, and that it’s wiser for me not to go back there.

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