Menopause Digestive Problems: Natural Remedies
If you haven’t yet found a way to manage your symptoms that works for you, menopause can be an uncomfortable time. Hot flushes and night sweats can leave you flustered, making it difficult to rest, while unpredictable mood swings can cause you to feel a long way from a version of yourself that you recognise.
As if that isn’t enough to deal with, you can also find yourself dealing with bloating and other digestive issues at the time of menopause. But why? And what can you do to manage other symptoms of menopause and digestive issues that you’re experiencing at the same time?
The Link Between Menopause and Bloating
Declining oestrogen levels in your body are behind the majority of menopause symptoms, including bloating and other digestive problems. When your body’s natural oestrogen starts to decrease, this can raise your blood pressure and your blood sugars. This is because falling oestrogen levels can have a knock-on effect on cortisol, which is a stress hormone, subsequently increasing your blood pressure.
High blood pressure and accompanying raised blood sugar levels can slow down digestion, making you feel more bloated and as though you are retaining water or gas, or even both. What’s more, this can mean that existing conditions affecting the digestion, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), can be exacerbated.
These symptoms can begin up to four years before menopause itself, so if you’re noticing an increase in digestion problems in your 40s, it’s likely that this is the start of perimenopause.
However, if you’re especially concerned and want to rule out anything more serious, you should always speak to your GP.
Are There Supplements for Menopause Bloating?
At Menopause Supplements, you won’t find supplements specifically to help you with digestion issues, but you will find natural supplements designed to rebalance your hormones, which can have a knock-on effect on the symptoms you’re experiencing.
Ingredients such as DT56a, which you’ll find in Femarelle® supplements, can mimic the effects of natural oestrogen in your body. As a result, you could see a reduction in hot flushes, night sweats and mood swings, and your rebalanced hormones may lead to bloating and other digestive issues easing too.
At the same time, you should avoid food and drink that can trigger bloating, such as fizzy drinks, onions and beans. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water too, as staying hydrated can help with water retention too.
If you need a little extra help though, consider taking a natural menopause supplement.
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