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Before You Kiss, Read This {You Can Get Gluten Contamination from a Kiss}

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Spring fever, May-December romances, June weddings… all potential occasions for a kiss. But, if you have Celiac disease (CD) or are gluten sensitive, kissing someone who is not gluten free can be anything but romantic. That’s because gluten present in the mouth or on the lips of your partner can make its way to your mouth, too. While the simple solution would seem to insist your partner refrains from eating gluten, it’s not always that simple. Even if those other lips avoid gluten-containing foods, gluten contamination can also occur if your partner recently:
•Drank regular beer
•Applied lip products (lip balm, lip-gloss or lipstick) that contain gluten
•Applied other gluten-containing cosmetics or skin care products near the mouth
•Brushed with a gluten-containing toothpaste
•Swished with a gluten-containing mouthwash
Keep in mind, toothpaste does not fully get rid of gluten. Even after brushing, gluten-containing food particles can be left behind in the teeth. (I know it’s not a pleasant thought; however, it is true.) Gluten on hands can be transferred to the face and mouth. To help keep your kisses gluten-free, use these tips:
•Tell your partner about your need to avoid gluten, including how ill you become if you ingest it.
•Have your gluten-eating partner follow this routine (when possible) after eating: Floss, rinse, brush and rinse again.
•If flossing and brushing are not possible after eating, I recommend a thorough rinse and waiting several hours before a kiss.
•Ladies, help keep your gluten free man safe by wearing gluten free lip-gloss or lipstick.
•Gentlemen, be sure you don’t have any crumbs lingering in facial hair after eating. Tiny crumbs of bread (or other gluten-filled food) can be trapped in your mustache (or other facial hair). It needs to be removed before you make your move!

Now, pucker up for those gluten-free kisses, Honey Bunch!
xo,

Gigi ;)

About Gigi Stewart

After more than 25 years of living with unexplained chronic pain and a frightening array of misdiagnoses ranging from lupus to leukemia, I took my health into my own hands by seeking real, fact-based answers to heal my body naturally. Through my academic research, scientific studies and my personal experiences, I gained a unique understanding of how properly managing diet directly impacts our overall health and wellness. It is my passion to share this information with you because I know many of you are facing health challenges similar to those I overcame through proper diet and nutrition. My goal is to support your journey to optimal health with real answers, advice and tips that work.

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