5 Foods Proven to Help A Gluten-Induced Stomach Ache
Even if you aren't a sufferer of coeliac disease, gluten can still have a way of messing with your stomach. Bloating, pains and digestive trouble are just a few ways consuming gluten can impact the body, if you have even a mild sensitivity. That said, who wants to pass up on a bowl of pasta or slice of pizza? Thankfully, there are some all-natural and delicious ways to ease the pain when gluten starts to kick in.
Blueberries have many health benefits, so it's no surprise they also help combat the inflammation brought on by gluten. The antioxidants present in blueberries protect the body from an overload of free radicals—think of it as armour for your tummy. There is however an optimal time to eat them. As we've learned from Mind Body Green, eating fruit is best done on an empty stomach to avoid fermentation in the gut which can lead to a different kind of stomach pain. So, if you know you are going to indulge in an Italian dinner you may as well pop a handful of blueberries in as a snack prior. For the full list of foods that help heal a stomach ache brought on by gluten, head on over to the Huffington Post.
Just because you are gluten-free doesn't mean you have to eat boring food. Check out The Gloriously Gluten-Free Cookbook: Spicing Up Life with Italian, Asian, and Mexican Recipes by Vanessa Maltin ($13), for some creative cooking ideas.
Are you sensitive to gluten? What's worked for you? Let us know in the comments!