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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Bloating Belly, Menopause SomeTips That May Help

Bloating due to stomach gas during menopause is one of the most common symptoms experienced in menopausal women. Menopausal women also typically gain additional fat around the abdomen because hormonal changes alter the way your body breaks down fat. These two effects can lead to feelings of bloating and discomfort. However, you can take steps to reduce bloating and menopause-related weight gain.
Here are a few things to keep in mind to keep from getting that bloating feeling and additional weight gain.

  • Reduce salt intake salt makes you retain lots of water which causes bloating
  •  Avoid foods that cause lots of gas, including lentils, artichokes, wheat bran, carbonated beverages, milk  and starch-containing foods. While the exact link between increased bouts of gas and menopause is unknown, a higher degree of women report experiencing gas symptoms during menopause.
  • Eat small meals during the day, fruit, carrots, celery. Snack on low fat foods, IE air popped popcorn,almonds. Did you know diet soda puts you at risk for heart disease? Try drinking selzer water with a splash of real juice in it.
  • Decrease your calorie intake by 200 calories during menopause.
  • Get into a cardio program, arobics, Wi fit, walking, jogging, cycling, exercising on an elliptical or swimming.
Try a recipe roasting on a baking sheet with all your favorite fresh vegetables.  A medley of carrots, zucchini, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers. Spray with cooking oil and bake @400 degree hot oven,  till roasted to your liking. You can sprinkle garlic powder, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and any herbs of your choice.