One of the most common questions people ask after being diagnosed with celiac disease is how long does it take for gluten to leave my system? This seemingly innocent grain-based protein is found in a countless number of foods, beverages and even condiments. To make matters worse, just a small trace amount of gluten can trigger severe reactions by the autoimmune system, causing a range of unpleasant symptoms.
Once you eliminate all sources of gluten from your diet, however, you will set your body on the right track for better health. It’s not something that happens overnight, but the negative symptoms associated with gluten/celiac disease will gradually fade away until you are back to living a normal life.
Now for the million dollar question: how long does it take for gluten to completely exit your system? Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer to this question, as numerous factors impact the speed at which it exits a person’s body. With that said, Dr. Peter Osborne at the Gluten Free Society notes that the half life of gluten antibodies is approximately 3-4 months, which means it takes at least this length of time to exit a person’s body.
Some of the factors that may impact the time it takes gluten to completely leave your system include the following: