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Menopause and IBS

If you mention the word menopause, most women will automatically think of hot flushes, mood swings, weight gain, bloating and so on. The menopause is a natural stage of life for every single woman yet there is a tendency to view menopause as an illness in the western world. In other cultures, the menopause is regarded not as a time of loss (i.e. loss of periods and hormones) but as a time of great wisdom and a time of sharing your life experiences with those around you. A healthy diet during menopause, and a positive outlook on life could help you to experience the menopause with very few problems.

When Sarah first came to see us, she was experiencing menopausal hot flushes, night sweats, fatigue and mood swings. She was also suffering from bad bloating and bowel changes. Sarah had always had IBS but along with many other women she felt it had got a lot worse since hitting the menopause.

We set straight to work to try and alleviate Sarah’s menopause and IBS symptoms. A stool analysis revealed a parasite and an overgrowth of yeast which was likely to be contributing to the IBS and bloating and affecting Sarah’s absorption of nutrients. We provided Sarah with a supplement programme aimed at eradicating the nasties in her gut. Other changes included diet recommendations to boost Sarah’s nutrient intake and to stabilise her blood sugar levels. We also added in some herbs and some essential fats to support her female hormones.

A few months on, Sarah is feeling much better – the menopause symptoms have really improved, and the bloating and IBS is no longer a problem. As an added bonus Sarah has lost some excess weight and feels much more energetic.

Are the menopause and IBS causing problems for you? If so get in touch to make an appointment at one of our London nutrition clinics. Click here for more information on IBS and the menopause.

Kim

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One Response to “Menopause and IBS”

  1. Emily Ashcroft Says:

    Interesting article, thank you. It makes a change to read an article that actually means something connected to menopause surgery. I’ve made a note of your site details and will visit again.

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