How Long To Get Gluten Out Of The Body?

“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.


97 thoughts on “How Long To Get Gluten Out Of The Body?

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    • The reason I am asking is, I think my body has been trying to tell me for years that I am allergic, not having an allergy reaction, but allergic because, for years I get at times when I am eating I get terrible headaches and have to use my inhaler. I never knew that those were reactions from being allergic .
      With in the last 4. weeks my granddaughter that is 10 years old, has been taken by ambulance 4x’s because of her going into anaphylactic shock. She has never had a problem like this, she has had a inhaler for asthma. They can’t take her through the allergy testing because of all the steroids in her system. We have to wait from the last hospital visit. We have to keep backing the testing up. Because. She is so bad. She was at a basketball game tonight and something must have been on the ball,because she had a reaction and. She hadn’t eaten or drank anything there.
      We are working on her to get all wheat and dairy out of her system.
      I was just wondering about how long it might take.

      • Oh that must be very frightening for you all; I am sorry to hear it. As for how long, if you go back to the original thread – read the first few comments, we discussed it a bit there. We reckoned most people were much better after 3-4 weeks but gluten itself can persist in the body for about 3-4 months and even longer. I wish you all well. I am wondering if it was just the ball the last time if something else might not be going on – the fear causing reactions maybe, bless her. I would think too at some point about clinical hypnotherapy to undo the trauma she has had from the reactions. Or a delayed reaction. Contamination from something on someone’s hand on the ball. Poor mite. Good luck!

    • Does gluten food allergy bring back pain and inflammation to the siatic?

  3. Hi, if the half-life is 3-4 months, then gluten antibodies will only drop to 50% in that time (that’s what a half-life is – the time it takes for the thing to reduce by half). So if you wait 5 half-lives, they will drop to 1/32 of the original amount, i.e. about 3% of the original amount. That’s 15-20 months, at which point they’re still as high as 3% of the initial amount! This implies it will take much much longer than 3-4 months for the gluten to clear the system. Does this chime with your experience?

    I was free of the worst brain fog about one week after stopping gluten, though for the first three days or so I was what can only be described as raving – talking very fast and intensely in half-sentences and feeling very like I was staring gimlet-eyed at the world. If I do have gluten now, I find I’m feeling very sad for a few days afterwards. One time I was missing proper rye bread so much that I had pumpernickel, and that was the result.

    Your post about the gluten antibody half-life has given me pause for thought – if it takes so long to get them out of the body, then it’s much greater motivation to avoid them completely, e.g. when visiting family at holiday times.

    Nice website, thanks for all the info.

    • Thanks Gillian, nice response. You are quite right and yes it does chime with my experience in that most patients feel dramatically better but not quite right even after quite a few months. I think where Dr Osborne says ‘at least’ 3-4 months, he is spot on and is also right that it varies from person to person. It’s the cross-contamination that’s the real bug-bear, isn’t it, though? One study proved that just a piece of communion wafer the size of 1/16th of your little fingernail regularly was enough to prevent someone with Marsh 4 (severe) coeliac disease from healing! Rather puts the occasional slip into perspective, doesn’t it?!

      The other thing to note, of course, is that people off traditional gluten grains may also not be getting well because they are still consuming other glutens in supposedly ‘safe’ grains, which is the point of this website.

      Glad you are feeling much improved, then. Sounds like you had a bit of withdrawal in those first few days. And thanks for your kind comments on the site, glad to help and thank you for sharing some of your experiences and thoughts, much appreciated.

      • I never thought of the communion wafer. Is there an unleavened bread or cracker that is gluten free I could take in it’s place?

  4. There is no reason to think that the persistence of gluten will be the same as that of antibodies (which are designed to be very stable in the bloodstream). In any case, very little gluten will even reach the bloodstream, since it is broken down into peptides, and peptides are typically cleared rapidly.

    The important point is that the intestinal damage in celiac disease can take months or years to heal fully. Antibodies are a poor indicator of healing (and also are a poor indicator of compliance with a gluten-free diet).

    • Thanks for that comment, Peter. I would agree that antibodies are an unreliable way to test but they are so relied upon. Frustrating!

    • There are other complications associated with gluten sensitivity that s mutually exclusive of celiac and would appear that the info regarding half life is helpful for tha reason.

    • I have been experiencing chronic hives and we narrowed it down to a gluten reaction. It has been a constant struggle. The hives typically cover my entire body. Has anyone else experienced this and if so…how long did it take for the hives to go away after being gluten free?

      • I had them too. They were the first to leave on a gluten free diet. I’m now trying to get the diarrhea under control. I thought I had gone into remission and ate a lot of gluten products and this is the sickest I have ever been in my life. OTC Cortisone cream did nothing for the rash. Just stay one a free diet and I promise they will be the first sign you are healing.

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  6. well what about a young child? I just put my kids on a gluten free diet,since their systems are so much smaller than that of an adult would it take less time for the gluten to disperse?

  7. Are people avoiding gluten unnecessarily?…

    You’re correct that a small percentage of people suffer from celiac disease, but a much larger percentage are gluten intolerant. > “While celiac disease affects about 1 percent of the U.S. population, experts estimate that as many as 10 percent have …

    • Personal research brought up the fact that gluten has no health benefits, so if I feel better when I don’t eat it, why would I eat it?

      It all began with my sister going off gluten for weight loss and realizing, a month later, that she wasn’t having migraines anymore. She had 1 to 2 a week, full blown, with vomiting. Now, she notices that if she eats breaded fish (it seems like a huge offender), she is throwing up shortly thereafter. So, this proves a pint. No, she has not been diagnosed with anything, but she doesn’t have migraines, and that is obviously the result of going off gluten since she is doing nothing else different in her routine.

      Now, I am gluten free, too, except on accident, and I don’t have the throwing up migraines, anymore, either. So, I argue, if I feel better, why would I be enticed to going back to it? I am still getting some pretty intense neck aches with headaches, but I only threw up once since going off gluten. I was wondering about chicken, since someone pointed out they feed our chickens with gluten products, and I had cut chicken for a while, due to thinking it affected me negatively as well.

      When I went gluten free, the first thing I got rid of was what we call low grade nausea or I used to call it feeling icky. I was consuming way too much pop at work to settle my stomach, and now I don’t have to do that, as I know high fructose corn syrup is definitely not good for us!

      My light sensitivity was also diminished to nearly non-existent, as well as the dizziness that accompanied it. I got a concussion last October, and that brought back the light sensitivity for a period, but I think it’s going away pretty much now.

      These were things that plagued me since my childhood — migraines, icky feeling or upset stomach, light sensitivity, not to mention bad mistral cramps…and all went to nothing or nearly nothing after going off gluten. I tried healthier eating, etc. in the past, but going off gluten was the only thing that helped these issues.

      If I am gluten free most of the time but slip up and eat a little…would it be like having to start the purging process all over again? Or is that little amount going to leave my system quicker than the years and years of eating it with no clue it was causing these problems? I accidently had a little gluten at a BBQ, and I had a headache the next day…but they haven’t totally gone away, anyhow, and I do think I have other food insensitivities. I am having a headache again, this morning. So, I was just wondering. It could be corn, too, something I suspect affects me negatively….

      I got rid of that icky feeling the VERY day I quit eating gluten, so I assume I was eating it, daily, except when I was fasting, up to that point. That has been one of the biggest blessings in my life.

      I read that 40% of Americans have either a gluten sensitivity, intolerance or allergy.

      • Everyone please consider chicken. It’s not the feed, it’s the C H I C K E N
        MANY PEOPLE ARE ALLERGIC TO CHICKEN, eggs and dairy. My dog was allergic to chicken. Until we found out he threw up every time he ate dog food with chicken in it.

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  9. I am seeing some improvements after one week gluten free, I did notice however that after eating something with trace gluten (something that came in contact with gluten) symptoms reappeared over night. Is this normal? I was told that surely after a week my system would be free of gluten and what I was experiencing isn’t gluten related at all.

    • Absolutely normal, it takes a long time to get gluten out of your system, Caroline, but any exposure, however tiny, after 7-10 days without having any is enough to set off symptoms again and they will usually be acute but temporary. That’s intolerance for you. Classic. Hope you feel better soon,


    The idea that such a trace amount of gluten can stay in the system so long is pretty disturbing stuff.

    I haven’t been diagnosed with gluten intolerance (yet…), but the evidence overwhelming suggests that gluten is not good for the human body, even for those who don’t suffer from celiac. My skin gets pretty bad when I consume lots of gluten, and I seem to have excess mucus (gross, I know, sorry). I’ve been off gluten the past 5 months, with good results. Last night someone offered me a piece of a cookie, and honestly I don’t know what happened to my brain because my hand reached out and I took a bite of the damn cookie (just a bite….alas, you can’t go “cut down” on gluten, it seems it has to be all or nothing). After I swallowed I thought…”um, whoops”. Hope I didn’t mess up my progress.

    • Ha! We’ve all done that, I’m sure! It will take a while to come out of your system now, so it puts you back a bit. One expert I talked to once said about gluten: “You can’t be a little bit pregnant and you can’t be a little bit gluten sensitive”. That just about says it all, doesn’t it?! Continue your vigilance, well done!

  11. Surprisingly, we do not know if antibodies directed towards gluten actually have any biological effects. They appear after exposure to gluten, but the actual toxicity of gluten for celiacs is based on the function of T-cells.
    Gluten (or small peptide fragments of it) will be cleared very rapidly from the bloodstream.
    A separate issue is how long it will take for the gut to heal after going on a gluten-free diet. This can take literally years for some people, so a rigorous gluten-fre diet is essential.

    • Hi Peter, thanks for that. As it suggests from the comments on your blog there, a lot of people don’t actually get better on the traditional gluten free diet even if they are on it for years, hence this site where I believe a TRUE gluten free diet with no glutens from any grain would probably help. I also don’t think it is just proteins/peptides that are involved. People have been seen to react to starches too I believe, and this is where I think much testing goes wrong: they look for peptides and declare something gluten free, when they mean gluten peptide free – eg. wheat starch is allowed in gluten free foods. It’s such a moving science, isn’t it and we probably don’t know the half of it yet!

      • Hi Micki. Please tell us a little more about why you believe that “gluten sensitivity” is caused by starches, not just by proteins.
        There has been almost no well-controlled research done to explore the mechanism of “gluten sensitivity” (unlike the huge body of work on celiac disease or wheat allergy), so I think that it’s premature to try to draw any conclusions about whether non-celiac wheat sensitivity is caused by something other than gluten.
        You may find it interesting to read a more detailed discussion of gluten sensitivity here:

      • Hi Peter,

        Starches? Mainly from clinical and personal experience as, you quite correctly say, there is very little research into this area. We react to corn starch, deglutenised wheat starch etc etc in foods, toothpastes and meds. My opinions, of course, and I wrote about that here. It is suspected that NCGS has a different immune mechanism to coeliac disease and I personally don’t think gliadin and gluten will be the end of it. See here. Thanks for your link too. I wrote about the same report here. I think basically it is a spectrum of gluten/grain disorders and many people are somewhere on the spectrum. There is so much yet to learn about it!

      • it is not just gluten you need to stay away from. It is also and dairy and soy. Both of them are very similar to gluten and will cause the same reaction.

  12. Hi Micki

    Did you ever find time to assess the supplements Dr Osborne recommends in his article? If so, did you post about them somewhere?


    • He never sent me the labels, Chrissie, Perhaps I will ask him again. I have had at least 3 people I know who have reacted, most people I tell not to order because I have not been able to assess them but some US-based people have ordered anyway for ease, hence they have let me know what happened. I don’t think he has sussed the supplement side of things eg enzymes I know must be made the same as any other and we have had to rule them out on this site.

  13. My husband lost his pancreas 18months ago due to medical misadventure causing necrotising pancreatitis.
    Over this time ( he is amazing and doing well) he has developed issues (digestion, skin cramping) etc. so we have now realized he has celiac too.
    We are learning and changing to a raw food died, no meat dairy etc and now we have to gluten free too! So much to learn and change. Do you have anti tips to help us get started on this gluten free path? We are not in US we are NZ. Thanks x

  14. Diet! Oooops

  15. And – is celiacs related toTtype1 diabetes at all?
    He was completely healthy before the ERCP. thank you

    • How sad to hear that, Elisha, and so glad to hear your husband is doing well now. There are lots of resources for following a traditional gluten free diet, of course; one of the best for resources is where I am an agony aunt!

      There is indeed a link with type 1 Diabetes – the same DQ genes are involved in both that and celiac disease. My advice would be to check the DQ genes using the gluten gene test for ALL the DQ genes not just the DQ2 and DQ8 looked for in celiac disease in case it is is non-celiac gluten sensitivity and/or trial him off all grains since every grain contains a gluten that could hamper his healing – see the relevant pages on this site. Get the Barrier Plan and follow the diet and/or healing programme in it as it suits you, dovetailing it with the advice from your health professional of course. A low GL diet would also be a good move. Look at my best and worst GL Foods list on to start you off.

      Hope that helps a bit. Good luck and let us know how you’re both getting on.

  16. I am eager to go completely gluten-free. I’m going to use this blog to assist in the process. Thanks for your entry. I believe being gluten-free will greatly aid in the creative process as well.

  17. Ha, I wondered what creative process you were referring to there, Liz. Now I see you are a poet – v creative indeed. All I can say is that where two years ago I was seemingly pulling thoughts to the front of my brain through thick treacle, they now fly there so I’m sure it can only help! Good luck with going truly gluten free – keep us up to date with your progress on the TGF Stories page if you can!

  18. If gluten could be making my blood pressure high, how long do you think it would take for my bp to go down after going gluten free? Just curious for your insight.

  19. Goodness, Kyle, how long is a piece of string etc? I would hope a few weeks but could take a lot longer. Let us know!

  20. good website. learned a lot of things about glten. Thank you. I am suffering from Scleroderma (Systemic Slerosis). Lot of gluten is in my blood stream took me to celiac disease like scleroderma. If anyone knows how to remove gluten from my blood stream quicker please let me know how. Thanks again.

    • Try donating plasma if you are able. They return your RBC’s so it doesn’t require as much recovery as donating blood–in fact you can donate twice per week.

      Any proteins, peptides, antibodies, etc are removed with the plasma so if you do this a few times you will greatly reduce the concentration of any of these in your blood stream much more quickly than naturally.

  21. i just started being gluten/wheat free and have been experiencing headaches for a few days. is this common?

    • Hi Tiffany, well done so far. Yes, detox headaches are quite common. Read through the comments on withdrawal posts and you will find others saying the same thing. Plenty of water, rest and see your doc if it doesn’t go.

  22. hi there, I have been going gluten free because I have an auto immune disease called multifocal motor neuropathy. I think that being gluten free will be less inflammation in the body, is this correct?
    I have gone off the path a few days ago, and feel not as good. so now I have months to get back on track ! It is hard to be strong all the time when friends are having yummy food in cafes etc.
    Raewyn from New Zealand

    • Gluten indeed causes inflammation, yes Raewyn, so coming off it can only help lessen it for you hopefully! And, yes, flippin hard watching everyone else munch but there you go – it’s only food and not worth the damage it does to you!

    • Just tell yourself that the way you feel is NOT yummy! I have to remind myself that the food does not taste as good as the migraine (or whatever other issue) feels bad. I go to a church where they constantly bring in home made goodies, but I can’t indulge. I am determined to live life to the full, not because food tastes good, but because I feel good!!!

    • Hey Raewyn I have MMN as well and wondered how your gluten free diet is working for you? email me at it’s hard to find people in the same boat as me and I’m looking for some hope that diet might help me.

  23. My daughter has been having pains in her ribs front and back shoulder blades chest and hurts for her to breath in buckled over in pain for about a month now i dont know if thats a symptom

    • If anything lasts for more than a few days, you should always see your doctor. In the absence of anything being wrong, it could well be a reaction rather than a withdrawal symptom. I would look at if something hidden is still getting in somewhere – toiletries, something airborne that she’s breathing in maybe might trigger a reaction in that specific place. Good luck and hope it settles soon.

  24. Hi Micki. I realize that I’m writing this comment a bit late, but I have a couple of questions! I’ve had celiac disease ever since I was 3 years old and now I am 16. I was very strictly on the gluten free diet for a long time, I had absolutely no contact with it up until about 2 years ago. I started cheating slightly, because there was barely any gluten free foods at home, and I had to eat at restaurants a lot. It was really hard to find anything I could eat, so I would just try my best to stick to the diet. I’ve been noticing now though, that I am absolutely physically drained. I could sleep for 12 hours straight and still wake up with no strength in my body. I think I also have what you’ve been referring to as the brain fog. Whenever I try to exercise, the next day Ill wake up and be so sore that I can barely move. I really want to be healthy again and feeling better. Have you gotten any updates on Dr. Osbourne’s medications? And how can I find gluten free foods? My mom used to help me with all that stuff but I think I’m having some difficulty on my own finding gf foods. Thank you so much!

    • Hi Grace, it sounds to me like you need to see your doctor and test your villi. Eating the gluten will have caused a drop in villi absorption and no doubt your fatigue et is related to malnutrition in part. If you are celiac, you cannot afford to eat gluten, not even a tiny bit; it does too much damage. I suggest it might be a good idea to ask for a referral to a nutritionist/dietician who can help you find local sources of the foods. Also, look in the TGF Resources page for book ideas – there are tons of really good forums and blogs for the traditional gluten free foodies. Pop and see someone at a local store and ask them to show you what is suitable maybe?

      Anyone else any ideas for Grace, who I assume is in the US, please?

      • WalMart has a gluten free isle, as does my local Safeway…one place to begin. Look for boxes and labels that say “gluten free” on them, and look for the “Certified Gluten Free” label. Vans make some of the best gluten free products, also corn free, which corn seems to be closely related to the same affects as gluten for me. And if you can’t have lactose, Vans is usually dairy free (like their toaster waffles). The waffles were next to the other frozen waffles in the store. Also, there are many gluten free flours on the market and you can do your own baking (sometimes on the gluten free isle and sometimes next to the regular flours). Home baking is a little more work, I know, but I have gone to making most of my baked goods at home, because then I know EVERY ingredient going into what I make, and I can be 100% sure no gluten (or corn, in my case) is getting into the food. Avoid all wheat, barely and rye products…and if it has “malt” or “malt syrup” this probably comes from barely, so don’t eat it. Also avoid foods that say “May contain trace amounts of wheat,” since you seem to be highly sensitive, or they say those with celiac disease should avoid even the tiniest amount of gluten. I thought it was going to be super difficult, but with research and using the gluten free isle and the new labeling of many products, it’s not as hard as I imagined. I avoid other foods, too, such as eggs and poultry and now corn, so I have to do label reading on everything I buy, and if I don’t know what a particular additive is, I research it on line to see what’s in it. With diligence it can be done; there is no avoiding that it does take discipline and diligence. But the results are well worth it!

  25. Wow alot of good info here! I went off gluten months ago because of digestive issues. It seemsas if my body has been detoxing. Some days I am so tired will stay in bed sleeping for long time. I do eat organic yogurt so have not cut out dairy. Also add berries to the yogurt. It seems as if my digestion has done a 180!! In a good way! How can I get my teenager to give up junk food???

  26. Hi! Wonderful site filled with great info! It’s nice not to feel alone.
    Around 16 years old I developed psorisis – an autoimmune skin disorder. At 35 I started to realize that every other day I feel sick, low energy, and had put on 20 pounds of unwanted weight. First stop was an endocrine who diagnosed me with hypothyroidism type 2. I got started on meds about three months ago. It’s been a still ongoing challenge to find the right meds and right dose.
    My husband was sending me lots of info about the benefits to all about a gluten free diet. For about 2 weeks now I’ve been totally gluten free. Living in New York we have plenty of restaurants and markets to cater to this.
    Unfortunately I feel horrible. It’s the detox I bet. I even went for an abdomal and pelvic cat scan as my stomach has been cramping for days (my PCP needed to rule out appendix etc) in addition I feel dizzy, short of breath, and have had a rather painless sore throat and loss of appetite. I feel like after reading your site I can attribute that to the detox.
    Could you add your thoughts? I’m interested!

    • Hi Jessica, well done so far then but does sound like a detox doesn’t it? Have you tried taking the enzymes to help you break down the morphine-like substances being released? See your doc if it continues, of course. Plenty of rest, water and be kind to yourself through it. Interestingly, I was just writing about this problem yesterday and am advising people to do Cyrex 3 test which includes a check on the glureomorphins so you have an idea if you might have trouble detoxing the gluten when you come off it. Useful knowledge! See here for the new gluten testing factsheet: I haven’t got it on this site yet, that’s today’s job ;). Good luck with it and hope it comes out soon.

  27. Wow…’s really nice to know that I’m not alone although I feel terribly bad for all of you. I’ve had this problem for years but thought it was IBS like my mother “apparently” has. This last year it has gotten worse and have gone to my GP several times only to hear things like “I think you have depression since you’re always so tired. I’ll give you the name of a therapist”. I’ve also been told I have a poor diet, which I do, but when I explain that I often get sick after eating I’ve then been asked questions about anorexia or bulimia! No, I’m neither. I’m hungry! Finally, after doing my own research, I tried a gluten free diet. Very quickly I felt a lot better and then started getting constipated…..sheesh. Now I go back and forth with so many other symptoms that I think I could be the poster child! Just today I sent a message to my doctor asking her to refer me to a specialist. This is really affecting the quality of my life. I’m turning into a hermit and my true nature is very fun and outgoing. Any suggestions on specialists to see and what type to go to. I’m hoping for a referral to the Mayo since I live in Minnesota and am only an hour away. Good luck to all of you!

    • Hi Cathy, I hear that kind of story daily; you are certainly not unusual! It sounds to me like you could benefit from going grain free not just gluten free. Have a read of the site and give it a trial would be my advice if your symptoms are messing around that much.

  28. Hi there,
    My daughter (3) and I have switched to gluten free in an attempt to give her some relief from her eczema, having fought our family practitioner unsuccessfully for months for a referral to dermatology. 36 hours in, and she has just had her first night of not scratching herself in as long as I can remember!

  29. I too have suffered with “excema” (as diagnosed by my dermatologist) for years of doing the creams that were prescribed, and at the end of my wits because of the itch. …..After finally researching it myself, I found out about gluten free, etc., as well as just clean eating to flush my system. I’m now in week two and am having improvement with the “excema”. I’m hoping to be rid of it all together, it is soooo miserable! FYI, just because your physician diagnoses you, do your own research people! I wish I wouldn’t have waited so long…..

  30. You mentioned going off other grains, as well. I noticed corn (often referred to as a grain) seems to affect me negatively…so I am cutting corn now. I was curious about non GMO corn being OK…but first, just want to cut corn totally. I read I should see a marked difference in 3 days if corn is an issue, but I went a week and did start to feel better. One symptom of corn intolerance or allergy is either diarrhea or constipation of a fluctuation between the two, which some here spoke of. When you try to go corn free on top of gluten free, it really gets difficult (plus I avoid eggs and poultry since I seem to get bad headaches whenever I eat poultry and had what was listed as an allergic reaction after eating eggs). But, my motivation is feeling better; that has to be the motivating factor! I want to enjoy life NOT the taste of food! Rather than seeing life as limited because of what I can’t eat, I see it as opening up, as I should gain energy and better health (not having stomach aches is a huge blessing…both results of no gluten or corn).

    I am thinking it’s all the chemicals, pesticides, etc. they treat our food with that is killing us. Why else would so many people be getting sick in an increasing manner in the last few years? I think what they feed our chickens, cattle, etc. is also a factor as to why we are going dairy free, egg free, poultry free and so on. I keep hearing if you are headache sufferer eat grass fed beef. So….anyway, it’s getting tough to eat, but it’s better to feel better than eat something just because it tastes good. That’s what I have determined.

  31. Can the introduction of small amounts of gluten build up in someone’s body? I tried introducing small amounts of gluten into my diet and didn’t really feel an effect. However, after roughly 4 weeks of small amounts (a few mozzarella sticks, chickens nuggets with breading) I had a severe bout with stomach pain and bloating again. Not sure if it is possible for the gluten to build up and the body eventually just gives up fighting it.

    • Absolutely, Jason, you can have a cumulative effect from an intolerance point of view but also remember that it takes a few weeks/days to build up antibodies to a level where you might start feeling it. If you have a slower reactive time like that, it would suggest maybe it is more of a sensitivity and malabsorption issue as the memory B cells would kick in a lot faster than that if it was autoimmunity like coeliac disease, if you see what I mean. I would look at trying gluten digesting enzymes and see if you are not breaking it down well enough, hence a cumulative problem. Good luck!

  32. Hi, i have recently been considering that i may have celiac or severe gluten sensitivities. I have had hoshimotos thyroiditis and have been told i have fibromyalgia and cfs and have every symptom of lupus, but my ana results were normal. recently i was on antibiotics for what they were calling mrsa, which i have had before in the past, and ever since then i have been having horrible problems. i also started eating these fruit bars that i think had a lot of gluten in it, they were bulk so i dont know the ingredients but i felt addicted to them? It was odd, and caused a bunch of stomach problems so i stopped eating them. Since i stopped eating them though i have had horrible headaches and grumpy and just not feeling good at all. i dont normally eat that much gluten i try and buy foods that dont have it whenever possible just because of the things i know it can cause. Tonight i ate a bunch of french bread, not really thinking much of it and now my stomach hurts, im super itchy, my heart is pounding and i feel jittery and almost like going to the e.r. pain in my chest, i dont know if gluten can cause all this, but all my drs dont really know anything about it, they just shrug their shoulders. I also take a few prescription medications and was wonderinf if you know if they can cause gluten problems to be worse, etc. I take Opana, which is oxymorphone, daily, and baclofen, daily, and pepcid daily, pepcid for ulcers, opana for the many cysts that i have including syringomyelia and bakers cysts, and the baclofeb for tmd and rls and muscle spasms in my neck and back. Im disabled because of all my health problems and cannot work and i hate it. I also hate hate hate hate HATE taking the medication i take. Lately since all the weird problems every time i take my pain meds, the opana, i get worsening headaches and vomiting and grumpiness, which isnt normal for me with this medication. I have been taking it tapering on by supervision of my pain management dr since february of last year. I was hoping for some suggestions or advice or somethinG. I cant afford to see a naturalist or a nutrionalist and medicaid will NOT pay for it under any circumstances. Please help, someone. Im 23, female and a single mother of two toddler girls. I need my life back!!

    • Hi Mary, what a horrid time you are having. Chest pains? Yes, do please go and see someone, always best to be safe. Your comment has a lot in it. My honest answer would be to come and join us on the TGF Facebook group – there are lots of really supportive and knowledgeable people on there going through similar things. I’m sure they will help and point you in directions that might help. It can help to chat and not be on your own with it, I know. From my perspective, you definitely sound like a TGF person and should not be consuming any grains or dairy to start with. Have a read of this whole site and I think you will recognise yourself. Download the Gluten Plan and start following the protocols for autoimmunity at least. Come and chat:

  33. Great post! although it makes me want to cry.. 3-4 months?? How depressing 😦 If i were to stick to a strict GF diet for 6 months and accidentally expose myself to gluten one day, will i have to start the whole process of eliminating gluten from my system again?

  34. I’ve come to the conclusion that it is not gluten intolerance but glyphosate and round up ready poisons. I am age 54 & have developed what I suspect to be leaky gut whereby it escapes into the blood steam crossing the brain barrier setting off migraines. See Dr Stephanie Seneff’s videos on you tube. What she has to say makes absolute sense to me. I know it has destroyed my gut lining. It is Monsanto that must go! The same thing has happened to me on eating most pineapples and I once had a bad reaction to a watermelon. This I believe to be the poisons they are spraying whereby these fruits have sucked it up. This happens very quickly when it gets through the gut wall into the blood stream. I also develop bleeding stomach ulcers because of wheat and for that I drink 3 -4 sips juiced aloe daily to heal the gut lining. We are being poisoned through our food by Monsanto. See what GMO has done to the lining of pigs stomachs. Dr Stephanie Seneff & GMO feed turns pigs stomachs to mush!

  35. […] of the posts and launched the Gluten Plan. On this blog, you are mostly interested in finding out how long it takes to get gluten out of your system and what to do to get well, which is precisely why I wrote the Gluten Plan for […]

  36. […] of the posts and launched the Gluten Plan. On this blog, you are mostly interested in finding out how long it takes to get gluten out of your system and what to do to get well, which is precisely why I wrote the Gluten Plan for […]

  37. Hi Micki, if you see this comment please read it, i’d appreciate it so much. I think i’m gluten sensitive (after everything i’ve read). I always have mucucs in my throat wich causes me bad breath (it affects me so much in my daylife). I also suffer from diarrhea or constipation (one of them at a time, and the next day the other one), i wanna say i don’t have a regular and normal defecate.
    I’ve been 1 week gluten free (i love nutrition and i know all foods that contain gluten..etc) by the time and i still have mucus in my throat (i think not so thick than before) and now i have diarrhea. What do you think about these symptoms? do you think it’s all about the reaction of the gluten free diet?
    I’m from spain and i hope i had explained myself, thanks for all the info in your page!!

    • Hi there, well done so far then on your GF diet. One week is very early to assess any changes – allow about 2-3 weeks and then see how your mucus is. It may well get worse before it gets better as it starts to loosen and drain if it is related to the gluten. Don’t forget that dairy is the most common allergen related to mucus production and 50% of gluten-sensitives are dairy cross-reactive so are you off the dairy too???! Good luck!

  38. […] and did you know that gluten can linger in a body’s system for over 4 months?! The effects of MSG can occur cumulatively […]

  39. I self diagnosed myself as having leaky gut. A year and a half ago I woke up covered in hives. I had alot of the symptoms of leaky gut. I went a full year and saw 4 different doctors and noone had any clue what was wrong with me. In July 2015 I changed my diet and cut out wheat, red meat, coffee, alcohol, soda and cut sugar intake down. I was doing great after 2 weeks. A couple weeks ago was my birthday and I had alot of cake. I am now again covered in hives. I think it was the cake. I had a little wheat here and there but it never bothered me. I also had alot more coffee in the last couple weeks. So a week ago I cut coffee and wheat out. I am still breaking out in hives. But my bowel movements are hardly nothing. I mean I am going 2 days before I can go. Any suggestions on getting the gluten out of my body faster so these hives can calm down?

    • Ugh, that doesn’t sound nice Becky. Hives are often a sign of the gut and liver being congested with an allergen reaction on top. My guess is you should take that consitpation as a clue and work to clear your gut and support your liver, bile system and detox mechanisms generally. Follow the Gut Plan for an MOT – this is traditional GF, not TGF but that may be all you need. If you prefer to be TGF then follow the liver and gut protocols in the Gluten Plan or the correct supplements in the TGF Master List both of which you can find here:!/TrulyGlutenFree-grain-&-dairy-free-Stuff/c/12778036

      A little eg Kirkman Detox Aid may well help as a short term fix but follow the advice given too. Hope it helps.

  40. Dhawal Shivhare

    I suffer from hyperhydrosis and constipation, are these due to gluten sensitivity ?
    The doctor’s have disappointed me so far.

    • Anything can be related Dhawal so I would say it is definitely worth a trial for 3 months on a TGF diet if nothing else on tests via your docs is coming up.

  41. […] read up about how long it takes gluten to leave your body and was shocked to see that it takes 3-4 months. Hope I see results on my face sooner. But good things come to those who wait and work for it! […]

  42. […] this means the elimination diet has started over… My research led me to this gluten-free site where the author explains how it takes the human body about 3-4 months to rid itself of gluten […]

  43. I had a moderately high level of gliaden antigens in 2010.. My doc tested via a saliva test because I was suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. He suspected a wheat allergy. Five month previous I had closed up a bakery I’d started 2 years previous to that. We baked with organic spelt flour and used as many other organic ingredients (local when possible) as we could. I had been working 70 hours a week, most certainly living on adrenaline. It took me about a year to be able to function all day without needing to go to bed. At the time I completely stopped eating wheat for 3 years. I tried to stay away from all other grains as much as possible. After about 6 months I ate rice from time to time but tried to limit all non-wheat grains to under 45 grams per day, eating only organic corn when I ate it at all. I stopped having anemia, skin bumps all over my body, and asthma. I was also was able to reduce my thyroid meds. After 3 years of going gluten free I ate an apple fritter. I had bad knee joint pains for about a week but no stomach pain. The knee pain could also have been from walking in the beach sand and traipsing up 2 flights of stairs multiple times a day in the beach house we rented that summer. When I looked back on the times before I knew I had a problem with wheat I remembered that I would get stomach aches after eating shredded wheat, pizza, and hoagies. I thought it was the casein. I never suspected a wheat problem. In any case, after eating the apple fritter nothing else happened. About 6 months later I ate some fruit cake. I had no reaction that I knew of. The following year I decided to eat wheat twice a year, once during summer vacation, and again at Christmas, albeit sparingly and only on one day. I had no reactions I could pinpoint. This upcoming week we are going to an Italian Festival in New York City. My gut seems to be healthy. The only thing going on is my thryroid meds needing to be adjusted lower again. What do you think? If I take digestive enzymes do you think I could get away with this?

    • Well let’s hope you are one of the people with a wheat/gliadin sensitivity rather than coeliac disease or other GRD then, that would be good 🙂 Did they test for coeliac with transglutaminase antibodies or just do the gliadin? What I would say is whilst you’re eating gluten regularly again, test the gliadin antibodies again and the transglutaminase markers – via your doctor or more comprehensively using eg a Cyrex 3 test – and that should show you if the wheat is doing any damage – if you are likely coeliac or not. If those are Ok, you may well simply be gliadin sensitive, which you can heal from and certainly enzymes to help you break down as much as possible given your history would be a good idea. In essence, no symptoms does not mean no problem, so check before you assume would be my advice – autoimmune antibodies might show a hidden issue. If not, then eat in moderation and monitor yourself. Hope it is sorted for you!

  44. hi, i’m from Australia and over the last 3 years my eczema has gotten worse on my hands and developed dyshidrotic eczema (tiny blisters in fingers and tips), i am 31 and my cousin is coeliac and her daughter was diagnosed about 3 months ago too after a bad outbreak due to her uni exams. i’ve been to specialists over 5 years and just always put it down to my work (construction).
    recently i noticed i changed my diet a few times and was eating a lot of wheetbix in the morning and always ate normally…pasta,pizza occasionally and just a “normal diet in general” one day i had enough of my skin one day and put a few things together eg. my cousins being coeliac,my diet, i ruled the fact it was my work out cause i wasn’t even in contact with cement anymore, and diet. so on a Wednesday i stopped eating anything with gluten altogether. 1 week later and during the week i noticed my skin getting calmer and calmer, tiny blisters almost drying up and without my go to steroid cream! it was getting better over 2 weeks then the xmas and nye hit and had drinks,and soy chillers and ate sensibly as far as i thought then had another outbreak.also noticed when i did cut out gluten i was going to the toilet better too? could it be that harmful? has anyone else had skin issues?

  45. […] your GI system in 24-48 hours, it can take up to 3-4 months to fully purge it from your system. (1) So, “cheat days” aren’t an option here if you really want to see your body heal. […]

  46. Hello Micki, been gluten free now around 2.5 months , went through the usual stages at the beginning ( tiredness ect) .
    In the last 2-3 weeks I am bloated like no tomorrow…. very frustrating and unpleasant. can it be a one of the stages of my lovely withdrawal? Anyone had similar experience and how long it lasted? thanks

    • Hi Joseph, it could be, but it might also be a food you are eating more of that you’re not digesting down well enough. Or some hidden gluten going in. Try upping your enzymes to break food down more.

  47. Make sure it is a TGF safe product Joseph. Get the free TGF master supplements list and use one from that. Good luck!

  48. Hi Micki,

    Thanks for all the great information. I’ve suspected that I have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. I had the dna testing done several months ago and tested positive for celiac disease-associated allele(s) (HLA_DQ2 heterodimer). Because I want to know if I have celiac I started a gluten challenge 5 weeks ago after being GF for about 3 months. I have been GF off and on for the last year and half or so. I’m sure there was some cc in my kitchen as my husband and I weren’t careful about cross contamination. I also have diagnosis’ of Graves Disease, ADHD and Ostopenia. So my question is in your opinion: should I wait for a full 12 weeks to be tested or can I test sooner? My granddaughter is seeing a GI doctor because of tummy issues and that may be in the next few weeks (referral appointment is being made). Plus I don’t feel well (hives, tired, bloating, some joint pain and other things) and would like to go back to GF eating. Thank You!

    • Aargh, I never recommend people go back onto it to test preferably. However, you have your answer whether it is CD or not, presumably you felt better off it and now you don’t feel well on gluten. I would say 5 weeks is enough if you have been eating it regularly, most doctors say 2-3 weeks as far as I know. Maybe not, but you can always continue and test again if test is negative. Just remember though that CD testing is not 100% accurate so with a DQ2 and even in the presence of no gliadin antibody, it suggests gluten illness. Do the Cyrex 3 for a more comprehensive test if you can so you have more chance of finding it. Hope that helps!

      • Thank you for your reply and it helps. I think I’ll give it another couple of weeks then test. If it’s not CD then I’ll feel fairly confident that it’s at least a gluten sensitivity.

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