1. Acidophilus (a probiotic) can help balance the digestive system more quickly. I have found that the refrigerated probiotics that can be found at a natural health food store are the most effective.
2. Maalox to help with severe cramping. A couple of doses is usually necessary.
3. A really hot heat pack placed on the stomach can reduce inflammation and help ease pain.
4. Anti inflammatory foods can help somewhat as well. For example, foods with DHA (for example salmon), omega fatty acids, olive oil, pumpkin seeds, vitamin e supplements, nightshades, kelp, tumeric, shitake mushrooms, green tea, papaya, blueberries, broccoli, sweet potatoes.
Some anti inflammatory diet tips that I found are:
- For breakfast, try oatmeal served with fresh berries and walnuts.
- Snack on whole fruits, nuts, seeds, and fresh vegetables instead of cookies and candy.
- Eat more fish and less fatty red meat.
- Cook with olive oil and canola oil.
- Try a tofu stir-fry or scramble.
- Have a salad with lots of fresh vegetables as your meal.
- Stay away from deep-fried foods; bake, broil, poach or stir-fry instead.
- Choose dark green or brightly colored vegetables as side dishes -- they should fill half your dinner plate.
- Drink water, non-fat milk, 100% fruit and vegetable juices, herbal and green tea instead of sugary sodas and soft drinks.
5. Some people report that Rolaids help as well.
6. Along the lines with a hot water bottle, a hot bath is also soothing and provides some temporary relief.
7. H2 antihistamine before bedtime like Pepcid or Zantac can be taken at bedtime (talk to your physician first) to provide some relief.
8. Pepto-Bismol and Immodium provide some relief for stomach cramping. My advice is to not take these for too many days as it will further disrupt the body of ridding itself from the gluten.
9. Pressure point massage can provide some relief. These are some key points to target the stomach area: