FIND OUT HOW TO WIN THE WEIGHT BATTLE DURING PERI MENOPAUSE/MENOPAUSE!

FIND OUT HOW TO WIN THE WEIGHT BATTLE DURING PERI MENOPAUSE/MENOPAUSE!

ARE YOU GAINING BODY FAT AND FINDING IT HARDER TO LOSE WEIGHT?

Abdominal Weight Gain Occurs Because Of A Drop In Oestrogen Levels, Low-Quality Sleep & Reductions In Metabolism And Muscle Tone.

LEARN MORE about HOW YOU CAN ‘HARNESS YOUR HORMONES’ 

HAVE YOU NOTICED THAT YOU HAVE GAINED WEIGHT, AROUND THE MIDDLE, BUM AND HIPS?

HAVE YOU NOTICED THAT YOU HAVE GAINED WEIGHT, AROUND THE MIDDLE, BUM AND HIPS?

AND EVEN WITH A HEALTHY, BALANCED DIET WITH EXERCISE, THE WEIGHT STILL PERSISTS.

Unbalanced Hormones and Stress Can Change How The Body Digests Food, Slow Metabolism, And Make Your Body Hold Onto Fat And Fluid.

IF YOU ANSWERED YES! FIND OUT HOW MY  ‘Harness Your Hormones’ Program CAN HELP YOU.

BUSY LIFE! DO YOU WORRY ABOUT EVERYTHING?

BUSY LIFE! DO YOU WORRY ABOUT EVERYTHING?

Are The Kids Ok? Am I Giving Them Everything They Need? I Can’t Deal With The Stress Any More. I Wish I Had More Time In The Day. I Don’t Like The Way I Look!

FOR MANY WOMEN, THIS CHRONIC STRESS RESPONSE IS NEVER SWITCHED OFF, AND THEY FIND IT HARD TO FIND THE JOY IN SIMPLE THINGS.

FIND OUT NOW HOW YOU CAN REBALANCE YOUR STRESS HORMONES AND SUPPORT YOUR BODY’S OWN UNIQUE NEEDS.

 

I HELP ADRENAL FATIGUED STRESSED WOMEN TO RENEW THEIR ENERGY, REDEFINE THEIR HEALTH AND RECLAIM THEIR LIFE.

I HELP ADRENAL FATIGUED STRESSED WOMEN TO RENEW THEIR ENERGY, REDEFINE THEIR HEALTH AND RECLAIM THEIR LIFE.

Learn How You Can Conquer Constant Stress, Anxiety, Fatigue, Brain Fog, Low Mood, Moodiness, Weight Gain, Digestive Issues, Thyroid Metabolic Issues, And Hormonal Imbalances.

COME BACK TO YOUR TRUE SELF.

BRAIN FOG, POOR MEMORY or FORGETFULNESS?

BRAIN FOG, POOR MEMORY or FORGETFULNESS?

ARE YOU FINDING IT HARD TO CONCENTRATE OR MUSTERING THE MOTIVATION?

Kristen arrived in my office, like so many women before her, almost completely worn down. COMPLETELY EXHAUSTED AND BINGING ON SUGAR AND ALCOHOL EVERY NIGHT. She told me she simply had no energy to “do life.”

LEARN HOW YOU CAN RENEW YOUR VITALITY AND FEEL AMAZING AGAIN.

FEELING REALLY TIRED ALL THE TIME?

FEELING REALLY TIRED ALL THE TIME?

AFTER A SLEEPLESS NIGHT, HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHY YOU WANT COFFEE AND A SWEET MUFFIN FOR BREAKFAST?

Are You Having Trouble Concentrating, Constantly Feeling Dissatisfied, Extremely Fatigued Mentally and Physically Or Mustering Motivation?

LEARN HOW I CAN HELP YOU FIND OUT HOW TO BALANCE YOUR HORMONES TO SUPPORT YOUR ADRENAL AND THYROID HEALTH.

DO YOU HAVE GUT ISSUES?

DO YOU HAVE GUT ISSUES?

Have You Been Wondering How Your Unique Gut And Microbiome Play A Role In Your Health?

Common signs and symptoms of Gut Barrier Function Issues may include Weight Gain/Loss, Bloating, Nausea, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Abdominal Pain, Sugar Cravings, Gas, Immunity Issues, Brain Fog, Anxiety, Unbalanced Hormones, Recurrent Immune Infections or sense that something isn’t quite right…

DISCOVER THE CAUSE AND CORRECT THE IMBALANCE!

ARE YOU FEELING LIKE YOUR FLUCTUATING BETWEEN SAD, HAPPY, IRRITABLE, CALM, ANGRY, DEPRESSED, ANXIOUS, MOTIVATED AND TIRED?

ARE YOU FEELING LIKE YOUR FLUCTUATING BETWEEN SAD, HAPPY, IRRITABLE, CALM, ANGRY, DEPRESSED, ANXIOUS, MOTIVATED AND TIRED?

ARE YOU WONDERING IF YOUR HORMONES ARE THE CULPRIT AFFECTING YOUR HEALTH?

Discover Why Your Hormones Are Important In Balancing Your Moods And Natural Ways To Make Your Hormones Happy.

Managing menopause and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The journey of aging presents a multitude of challenges, and for women, traversing the terrain of menopause and its accompanying array of symptoms can be particularly daunting. The list goes on, from the foggy mind and sudden heat waves to persistent fatigue, shifting moods, and changes in bowel patterns. Negotiating these symptoms can feel overwhelming. Moreover, women struggling with digestive problems may experience aggravated symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and gut issues due to the hormonal changes associated with menopause, further complicating the situation.

Understanding Menopause and Its Ramifications

Menopause signifies the conclusion of a woman’s reproductive years, typically between the ages of 45 and 55, and is characterised by the cessation of menstruation. The hormonal alterations during this phase involve declining levels of estrogen and progesterone, which can influence various bodily functions spanning the brain to the digestive system.

A growing body of research has delved into the connection between menopause and gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, with a spotlight on IBS. Studies have revealed that women undergoing menopause are more prone to heightened IBS symptoms, including bloating, distension, abdominal pain, and shifts in bowel patterns (constipation and diarrhea). If you’re facing these challenges during menopause, know that you’re not alone.

Get an IBS Diagnosis

An IBS diagnosis is made using the Rome IV criteria. Your healthcare provider will analyse your symptom severity and frequency to determine whether you qualify for an IBS diagnosis and rule out other conditions with similar symptoms. According to the criteria, you need to have recurrent abdominal pain, on average, at least one day per week in the last three months, associated with two or more of the following:

  • Related to defecation
  • Associated with a change in the frequency of stool
  • Associated with a change in the form of stool

Hormonal Oscillations and Their Impact on IBS

Hormones play a pivotal role in regulating GI function. During menopause, estrogen and progesterone – key hormones – decline. Both hormones can either accelerate or decelerate gut transit, affecting the pace at which food moves through the digestive system. While some women might experience more consistent bowel movements due to hormonal decreases, others could encounter intensified gut symptoms like bloating and shifts in bowel patterns (constipation or diarrhea). Consequently, as estrogen and progesterone levels dip, the gut symptoms experienced may evolve or intensify.

Psychological and Lifestyle Aspects

Psychological hurdles like mood swings, anxiety, and depression frequently accompany menopause. Our intestines are intertwined with a vast network of nerves that form a communication pathway between the gut and the brain. Mental well-being can impact this brain-gut connection, and stress and emotional states are recognised triggers for IBS flare-ups. A recent 2021 study underscored the necessity of addressing psychological factors alongside hormonal changes in managing IBS symptoms in menopausal women. Hence, it’s time to prioritise your mental well-being if you’re feeling down, not quite yourself, or grappling with heightened anxiety.

Moreover, alterations in dietary habits and physical activity during menopause can contribute to IBS symptoms. Research suggests that women often adopt diets rich in high-fat, sugar and low-fiber foods during this phase, exacerbating IBS symptoms. While it might not be immediately apparent, your diet significantly impacts gut health. High-fat diets can influence gut motility, while inadequate fibre intake can lead to diarrhea or constipation, depending on your gut’s response.

Managing Menopause-Related IBS

The positive news is that strategies exist to alleviate gut symptoms linked to menopause. Effectively managing menopause-related IBS entails a holistic approach addressing hormonal and psychological influences on symptoms. While it’s vital to collaborate with your healthcare team to determine what suits you best, here are several starting points and strategies:

Lifestyle Support: Regular exercise and stress-reduction techniques like mindfulness, meditation, gut-focused hypnotherapy, or yoga can also yield benefits.

Psychological Support: Seeking counselling or therapy to address emotional challenges during menopause can positively impact the management of IBS symptoms. There’s no shame in seeking professional help; the advantages are well-documented. Reaching out to friends and family, particularly women undergoing or experiencing menopause, can support this shared journey.

Dietary Support: Here are some nutritional recommendations that may be beneficial to promote digestive comfort.

  1. Fiber-rich Foods: Gradually increase your intake of soluble fibre-rich foods (if not an IBS food trigger) like oats, barley, legumes, and fruits like bananas, apples, and berries. Soluble fibre can help regulate bowel movements and reduce diarrhea or constipation associated with IBS.
  2. Limit High-FODMAP Foods: Some foods high in fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols (FODMAPs) can trigger IBS symptoms. Common high-FODMAP foods include onions, garlic, wheat, and some fruits. Reducing or eliminating these foods from your diet may help. Say hello to some easy LowFODMAP recipes here.
  3. Probiotics: Consider incorporating probiotic-rich foods like sheep’s or goat’s milk yogurt or strain-specific practitioner-only probiotic supplements. Probiotics can help balance gut bacteria and alleviate IBS symptoms.
  4. Hydration: Ensure you’re adequately hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Proper hydration can help prevent constipation, a common issue for some women during menopause.
  5. Limit Caffeine and Alcohol: Caffeine and alcohol can irritate the gut and worsen IBS symptoms. Reducing or avoiding these substances may provide relief.
  6. Herbal Teas: Herbal teas like peppermint and ginger tea can have soothing effects on the digestive system and may help alleviate symptoms.
  7. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Incorporate sources of omega-3 fatty acids into your diet, such as fatty fish (salmon, mackerel), flaxseeds, or walnuts. Omega-3s have anti-inflammatory properties and may help reduce gut inflammation.
  8. Mindful Eating: Practice mindful eating by chewing your food slowly and savouring each bite. This can reduce the likelihood of swallowing air and may help prevent gas and bloating.
  9. Food Diary: Keep a diary to track what you eat and how it affects your IBS symptoms. This can help you identify trigger foods and make more informed dietary choices.

It’s crucial to take things slow when modifying your diet. It’s essential to seek advice from a healthcare professional before making any significant changes, particularly during menopause, when digestion can be affected by hormonal changes.

Menopause stands as a significant life phase that affects women in multifaceted ways. Recognising its influence on IBS symptoms empowers you to implement diverse strategies that enhance your quality of life during this transitional period. 

So, don’t let your menopause or irritable bowel dictate your life’s narrative. If you have been struggling during menopause with gut health and are seeking naturopath health professional advice that’s right for you, get in touch today to find out more about how Natalie can support and assist you in improving your gut health and pinpoint your IBS food triggers.

Safety Precaution: It’s crucial to note that any alteration in gut symptoms or the emergence of new symptoms in individuals above 50 years of age should be considered a ‘red flag’. Consulting a doctor before attributing these symptoms to IBS is essential.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and should not replace professional medical advice. Always consult a qualified healthcare practitioner before changing your health regimen.

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