What do you do when you’ve over-dosed on FRUCTOSE?

What do you do when you’ve been “fructosed?” (to modify a term from Coeliacs forums, “glutened.”)

I have a few prongs to my attack against possible fructose episodes, although how well they work depends on how much I ingested and what I ingested. For example, nothing can stop apples from having their way with my gut. Nothing.

The best thing is to prevent these situations to begin with but sometimes it can’t be helped. Ingredients are read incorrectly or waiters look at you in a confused manner when you try and explain your situation. I had someone at Muffin Break look at me like I was an idiot when I asked whether the gluten free muffins had any apple puree in them, regardless of whether they were listed as apple flavoured. Luckily the manager was there but still.

Try to reduce your FRUCTOSE LOAD

To reduce your fructose load, try and increase the glucose present in your small intestine to aid with co-transport, thus limiting how much excess fructose makes it to your colon and the waiting bacterial colonies.

  • Glucose powder
  • Glucose tablets

Sprinkle powder on your food if you know you are eating excess fructose (doesn’t work for fructans or large amounts of excess fructose) or have a stash of tablets to have if you realise after the fact. Once cramps start, however, the fructose has passed out of the small intestine – where the glucose would have helped – and has been fermented by bacteria in the colon.


Pain killers are not something that I have always used. About a year ago, however, I was in such a bad state while in NYC with friends that I had to give in. Apparently I went green, all I know is my head was spinning and I had to hold on to something, never mind the cramps I was having. That is what apple does to me.

  • Paracetamol (Panadol in Australia)
  • Ibuprofen (Nurofen in Australia, Advil in the USA)

Obviously, I’m not a pharmacist. Please follow any directions on the tablets you can find over the counter.

Soothing Teas

Ginger and mint both have soothing properties. Ginger especially is known to help with diarrhoea and nausea.

But all in all, even a Ceylon tea like Dilmah has helped me out. I think the warmth just helps to sooth stressing guts.

Infused Water

Working on the principles that ginger and mint have soothing properties, I will sometimes make a lime, mint and ginger infused water that I put in the fridge for 20 minutes before drinking.

  • 1/2 lime, sliced
  • 3 cm ginger roots, sliced
  • 10-15 mint leaves

Mash the mint and ginger in a mortar and pestle for 30 seconds or so to release more of their nutrients. Place everything in a jug/drink bottle and fill with water. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or add ice cubes.

The cold helps to refresh me when I’m feeling sick and the lime/mint flavours are very invigorating. I don’t own a specific infuser but this method seems to work well enough for me.

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Does anyone out there have any other methods they’d like to share? Considering I’m currently testing sorbitols out, I might need them in the coming days!

10 thoughts on “What do you do when you’ve over-dosed on FRUCTOSE?

  1. I like your tips. For me, I tend to get painfully bloated, and it helps to lie down and shift my body position a lot – back, side, stomach, and over again. The air just seems to get stuck and won’t move anywhere until I lie down. I was only just diagnosed, so I’m struggling to get my intestines to calm down after a 2 week+ period of diarrhea. I would love any tips on how to quickly return to a baseline when your body won’t normalize.

    • Sorry about your current troubles! It can take a while to get settled after diagnosis; due to both the new and highly confusing diet as well as the concentrated fructose solution you had to drink. I definitely felt worse than usual for a week after my breath test but 2+ weeks?! Ouch.

      You’re right, the bloating can be awful but I have never tried changing body positions to work it out – if that was what you meant.

      To answer your question, one the cramps have started, you basically need to ride them out. Keep up your hydration and nutrition, eat very low fructose foods and if you have had diarrhoea for that long then I would be going to see my GP or pharmacist to ask about a product to help settle your gut. Diarrhoea will dehydrate you and contribute to feeling unwell.

      Something like Buscopan can help with gut related cramps and a product like Pepto Bismal can help with diarrhoea. Of course, ask the GP/pharmacist their opinion first. And check the ingredients of any medication for high fructose products.


      I hope you are feeling better soon!

      • I don’t think the diarrhea was from the breath test (although I did get it immediately after drinking that evil fructose water), because it started 4 days later. It was either from a stomach virus or a buildup of fructose in my system. Maybe it was a delayed reaction to the fructose solution, I don’t know. Either way, it’s straightened out enough that I can leave the house, but my symptoms have still been worse than before the breath test, even on a bland diet all this week.

        I wanted to comment again, though, b/c I read on someone else’s blog that taking acidophilus with meals was helping their symptoms, so I took one with a snack around 9pm last night, and you know…my bloating got a lot better (it had been painful all day). It might be a fluke, but I’m going to keep experimenting with it!

        • That’s awesome, finding something that helps is such a relief, both physically and mentally. I haven’t tried acidophilus yet because I have heard mixed reviews about probiotics. I mean, when you think about it, they are bacteria that can ferment fructose just as well as the next. Maybe it depends on the particular strain of bacteria in the probiotic? Probiotics definitely can work for “stomach bugs,” as well as replacing the “good bacteria” after taking a course of antibiotics. But as for helping bloating from FM? Potentially if all the fructose has been fermented they can do something to settle down your gut? I’m not sure. Definitely something to ask the pharmacist (I have found they know much more about drugs than GPs… Which makes sense).

          • Yes, I have had reactions to apple that took two days of waiting. They are always worse after a longer wait, as well.

            Would four days be pushing it, considering some elimination diets say you can test a new food after three days? That’s not saying it’s impossible, just a question 🙂

  2. I’ve just started brewing and drinking kefir (probiotics) throughout the day (for about 3 weeks now). It seems to make my bloating not quite as bad or as long if I happen to eat something I shouldn’t (accidentally of course!).

    • I’ve been taking probiotics and also made my own batch of sauerkraut – somewhat successfully lol – and I found that when I first started taking probiotics or if I stop for a few days and then start again, it takes my system a little while to get used to them but then it’s better off. I should probably update this post!

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