The gluten free movement is big these days when it comes to diet choices of all kinds. Grocery stores, restaurants, cookbooks and more are all devoted to promoting and providing gluten free options for health minded consumers everywhere. But food and drinks are not the only areas the gluten free trend is making its mark, drugstore items such as cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and bath and body items are also being touted for their gluten free properties with increasing regularity.
How to Achieve a Gluten Free Bathroom
While a gluten free label can draw the attention of those with coeliac disease, a gluten intolerance (Wondering if you might have gluten intolerance? Find out if you suffer from gluten intolerance), or following a strict gluten free diet, it is important to know whether the gluten free claims on these items are helpful or hype. Read on to find out if you really need to stock a gluten free bathroom.
Always Choose Gluten Free Options
Because even a small amount of ingested gluten can set off an inflammatory reaction, these items are worth purchasing gluten free whether you have a medical necessity or simply want to fully follow your gluten free diet.
Vitamins and Medications
Anything ingested belongs at the top of the list for products that truly need to be gluten free. Even the relatively small amount of gluten contained in some vitamins and medications can be enough to trigger a reaction in sensitive cases. Carefully check the labels on items like vitamins and probiotics, and check with your pharmacist to verify that no gluten binding agents have been used in any medications.
Lip Care Items
You may not even realise it, but much of the lipstick or lip balm you apply each day gets consumed as you eat, drink, talk, and lick your lips. For the safest choices, opt for lip products that state their gluten free status clearly on the packaging.
*Note that using gluten free lip products can be important even if you have a spouse or child in your home with a severe gluten intolerance as you could inadvertently transfer gluten to them through your lip products.
Dental Care Items
Most dental care items like toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash are gluten free, but because formulas frequently change, it is key to continually check the ingredients list to make sure you are not putting gluten containing products in your mouth.
Worth Considering Gluten Free Options
Assuming you do not have a contact reaction to gluten, you may or may not need these items to be gluten free depending on your level of sensitivity. Gluten particles are too large to be absorbed into the intestine through the skin, but the likelihood of accidental ingestion may make it wise to choose a gluten free option.
Facial Creams and Makeup
If you are careful to keep makeup away from your mouth and carefully wash your hands after makeup application, you can likely skip worrying about the gluten free status of things like foundation, blush, and concealer. If you use powder to set your lipstick or frequently forget to wash makeup residue from your fingertips, you may want to consider a gluten free makeup line.
Your soap choices will largely depend on your level of sensitivity. For many people, thoroughly rinsing their hands is sufficient to remove any gluten that may be contained in soap. However, if you are particularly sensitive to gluten, you do not want to ingest gluten due to soap on your hands coming into contact with your food or your mouth.
Lotions and Creams
Because lotions and creams are applied with your hands and not rinsed off, the risk of transferring gluten residue to your food or mouth is even higher than with soap. This also poses a risk if you are the one who prepares meals for another family member with a gluten sensitivity.
Kids’ Shampoo and Body Wash
Small children all too often accidentally (or purposely!) ingest bath water full of shampoo and body wash suds. Until your child is old enough to avoid sipping on suds, stick to gluten free bath items only.
Probably Fine to Buy Regular Versions
Again, whether or not you need these items will depend on your level of sensitivity, but many people on gluten free diets can skip worrying about these items.
Because your eyes are not in direct proximity to your mouth, items like mascara, eyeliner, and eye drops usually do not have to be verified as being gluten free.
Since hair colour is applied with gloves and then washed off, it should not cause any interference with a gluten free diet.
Foot Care Items
As long as you thoroughly wash your hands after applying creams, scrubs, or toe nail polish, the risk of cross contamination from foot care products should be negligible.