6 Tips for Losing the Menopausal Belly Bloat

6 Tips for Losing the Menopausal Belly Bloat

Bloating during menopause can be cause by various different reasons. These reasons can range from dietary issues, to potentially serious or dangerous health issues.

Luckily, no matter the cause, there are certain things that you can do to help you lose the menopausal belly bloat. Here are 6 of the top tips…

  1. Change Your Diet

As with a lot of health issues, the first step is to look at your diet. But in this case it is especially important since certain foods be a severe, direct cause of bloating

These foods include:

  • High-fat or fried foods
  • Very-high-fiber foods such as bran-type breakfast cereals
  • Dairy products, if you’re lactose-intolerant
  • Starchy foods
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Chewing gum
  • Vegetables (such as onions, broccoli, beans, cabbage, turnips and Brussels sprouts)
  • Foods containing fructose or the sugar alcohol sorbitol
  1. Get Some Exercise

A big cause of bloating is lying down or sitting still after eating. Getting up and active or simply staying on the move after a meal can help lessen bloating to a great extent.

Exercise is also great for treating all kinds of other symptoms of menopause, and is great for your overall health.

  1. Cut Back On Sodium

When you eat too much sodium, it causes you to retain water. Retaining water will not only make you feel bloated, it will make you appear heavier when you weigh yourself.

Make sure to check the labels of the food you eat for sodium content, and be especially wary of foods like soups, snack foods, cheese, breads, and deli meats.

  1. Don’t Mistake Weight Gain For Bloating

Menopause can come along with many different and unpleasant symptoms, which include weight gain – especially around the middle. This can often be confused with bloating, and is often not taken up as seriously as weight gain. This can result in a women not reacting to it at first, and before she know it  she has gained a substantial amount of weight and it can be more difficult to lose. Being overweight can also come with other health complications and increase the risk of serious health issues like diabetes, insulin resistance, and heart problems.

  1. Medications That Hurt, and That Help

Certain menopausal medications like hormone replacement therapy can cause belly bloat, so it is important to check with your doctor.

Alternative treatments – such as probiotics, digestive enzymes, colostrum, kefir – may be helpful for limiting bloating in women with irritable bowel syndrome.

  1. Other Causes of Menopausal Bloating

Silly everyday slip-ups such as swallowing air or overeating may be responsible for a bloated belly.

But it may just as easily be the result of a much more serious problem, such as esophageal reflux, constipation, ovarian cancer, pancreatic insufficiency, tumors and celiac disease.

Don’t just assume that frequent bloating is from menopause, as it could be from more serious health conditions. Check with your doctor to determine what is most likely responsible with your bloating issues and how best to treat them.

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