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Menopause And Bloating

Menopause And Bloating

During menopause, some women experience the somewhat uncomfortable feeling of being waterlogged or bloated.

This is due in part to the way their body is reacting to a lower level of estrogen.


Water retention or bloating can occur when they take estrogen replacement medications and is an indication that they might have week adrenal glands, circulatory system or kidneys.

It could also indicate that their heart is also weaker. The kidneys can become overloaded particularly when taking these hormone replacements and it's advisable to speak with your doctor to get something to offset this problem.

While it could be an indicator of one of these factors, it is something that is easily curable.

Treatment And Relief

There are a number of ways to offset bloating through natural remedies. Here are a few quick tips to get you started.

Reduce your intake of salt - Sodium is in many cases the culprit of bloating. When going through menopause, the body is more sensitive and sodium can have a deleterious effect on internal organs.

Where you used to be able to eat salty chips with no ill effects, now you need to limit them. Excess sodium comes in the form of junk food - that's obvious.

Less obvious but still sodium ridden foods include certain salad dressings, canned soups (unless they say low sodium), microwave meals and the like. You have to get into the habit of label reading.

Start some sort of exercise program. This has been a running theme throughout when it comes to dealing with menopause. It helps alleviate stress, constipation and bloating. It gives you strength, more energy and endurance.

Try things you like, check with your doctor prior to starting and then start out slowly and build yourself up.

Unfortunately, we do just the opposite as we get older which is exactly opposite of what we should be doing when it comes to exercise.

Add Vitamin C or ascorbic acid to your diet will also coax your kidneys into higher water output.

Remember, you want to increase kidney production because it takes the stress of of them.

Physical Menopause Symptoms

Your Diet

There are a number of foods that also act as diuretics and kidney boosters.

If you add some of these to your diet, it will help alleviate some of the bloating. Things like cucumbers, grapes, watermelon, asparagus and corn are very good.

Foods to reduce or eliminate include: celery, black tea, coffee and parsley.

Caffeinated coffee is one of those things I've never been able to get rid of, but all the rest hit the bricks when I realized I was menopausal.

With the exception of my coffee, all the others were easily eliminated.

Dong Quai - This natural herbal supplement helps relive water retention and is a natural diuretic and mild sedative that helps not only the kidneys but the intestines and bladder.

Tincture of Dandelion - Taking about 15-20 drops of this natural supplement is a wonderful remedy to bloating.

It helps in the removal of excess fluid that builds up in your cells and it also nourishes and conditions your kidneys, adrenal glands and your liver. It also increases you digestion and helps ease the hormonal overload that comes with menopause.

Here's the fun part. Certain oils like juniper, lavender, geranium and rosemary also aid in water reduction.

What makes this fun is that you can use these as mouthwash and vaporizers, BUT you can also add them to your bath or during a massage. Killing two birds with one stone - relaxation and water reduction.

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Menopause And Bloating
Author Tanna Mayer
Updated January 7, 2013

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