BEAT THE BLOAT
Is it us or are we inflating more often during menopause? We’re not alone – anywhere from 30% to 60% of women have extra bloating during menopause. It could be down to hormone fluctuations, poor food transit in the gut, low levels of stomach acid (which can be affected by lower oestrogen levels), or reduced production of the enzyme that’s needed to deal with the lactose in dairy foods, which winds down with age. THE ANSWER? Try to avoid the most gas-making foods, such as cabbage, cauliflower, onions, beans, oats, milk, apples and pears.
GOOD MOVE? Take a probiotic to up the good bacteria in your gut and help create some digestive calm. Capsules or liquid, it’s your choice, but go for the best researched. Try Bio-kult Advanced Multi-strain Formula, £8.99 for 30 capsules, if you like to pop a capsule, or Symprove Probiotic, £21.95 for 500ml, if you prefer a liquid (both revital.co.uk).