“How long does it take for gluten to leave your system? I know repairing the damage takes a while but was wondering how long it stays in your system for?”
This question has been asked a lot and I got this particular one through yesterday. I asked Dr Peter Osborne at the Gluten Free Society for our first-ever ‘Expert Response’ to share with you. Here is his reply:
“The half life for gluten antibodies is typically 3-4 months. Thus is would take at least that long for gluten to be purged from the system. This also depends on other factors, such as:
1. The health of the individual – for example, if a person has gluten induced liver or kidney disease (a common manifestation of gluten induced damage) the purging process would most likely take longer.
2. The presence of trace gluten in the diet. Even small amounts can perpetuate the production of gluten antibodies and inflammation.
3. Dehydration – many people are chronically dehydrated. Reduced water volume will lead to reduced detoxification capabilities and reduced gluten clearance time.
4. Constipation – reduces gut transit time. The bowels should move 1-2 times per day. Gluten commonly causes gastroparesis and constipation. To effectively remove gluten from the body, one needs to promote a healthy bowel movement. Increasing fresh fruit and vegetable is the most effective way to do this.
Supplements to speed up this process – Max digest, helps break down gluten peptides and aids in the health digestion of macronutrients. UltraImmune IgG helps remove toxic peptides from the gut lining and reduces immune stress. Biotic Defense – helps to recolonize the normal bacterial flora.”
So, he reckons it will take 3-4 months at least for gluten to come out of your system and that’s if you have made certain there is none getting in from hidden or accidental sources and other systems and organs are capable of it. That’s why sorting the gut and liver out at least is a big part of the initial therapy once you’re on the TGF diet.
That’s not to say, though, that you can’t feel symptomatically better a lot quicker. My personal experience, and that of the first few of my TGF patients, has been symptom relief within 24-48 hours in some cases.
My own swelling in the throat disappeared in 24 hours, thank goodness. Another patient suggested brain fog and fatigue lifted substantially within the same time frame, and most people’s bowel movements have changed within the first few days to detox types (yellowy, mushy, greeny – yum!) as if the body has breathed a sigh of relief and started to finally clear the system and begin the healing process.
One important note with regard to the supplements Dr Osborne mentions: he is sending me the labels shortly so that I can assess them using the same process I have used for others. If they are indeed suitable (and they should be coming from Dr Osborne so I have high hopes!), I will let you know. Meantime, stick to the supplements recommended in the Supplements Special Report for now. If you want to try them, you can buy direct from the Gluten Free Society site.
Meantime, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr Osborne for taking the time to give us his response to that question.