Yeast in­fec­tions

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Q:

I’m 52, and since hit­ting menopause, I’ve been con­sti­pated and bloated. I’ve been load­ing up on whole grains, wa­ter and veg­gies, but none of it has helped. Why is this hap­pen­ing and what can I do?

A:

Half of post­menopausal women bat­tle con­sti­pa­tion and bloat. One rea­son: Es­tro­gen plays a key role in di­ges­tive func­tion—when es­tro­gen drops, lev­els of bile, which is the body’s nat­u­ral lax­a­tive, also de­crease. This leads to gas, bloat and dry, dif­fi­cult-to-pass stools.

Eat­ing veg­gies and stay­ing hy­drated adds fiber and wa­ter to stool, so that is a smart step. But I’d avoid grains, which can bulk up waste to worsen con­sti­pa­tion. In­stead, try adding good fats from foods such as sal­mon, olive oil and nuts to your daily diet. They’re es­sen­tial for bile se­cre­tion. And con­sider sup­ple­ment­ing with 300 mg. to 350 mg. of mag­ne­sium cit­rate daily. The min­eral com­bats con­sti­pa­tion by pulling wa­ter into in­testi­nal con­tents so they’re eas­ier for the body to pass. Q I’m 46 and have no en­ergy. My friend says it’s per­i­menopause, and that tak­ing the herb maca re­ally helped her.

Should I try it? A Sup­ple­ment­ing with this Pe­ru­vian root can ease per­i­menopausal fa­tigue, plus the hot flashes, sleep prob­lems and anx­i­ety that worsen ex­haus­tion. Re­search shows maca’s phy­to­chem­i­cals fight dips in es­tro­gen and pro­ges­terone that cause these drain­ing symp­toms. And in stud­ies pub­lished in The In­ter­na­tional Jour­nal of Bio­med­i­cal Science and else­where, per­i­menopausal women who took 2,000 mg. of maca daily had a 31% re­duc­tion in symp­tom sever­ity af­ter one month, and 62% af­ter two months. (A study­backed prod­uct: Feme­nessence Ma­caLife, Ama­zon.com.)

I also ad­vise tak­ing 20-minute walks three times weekly since mod­er­ate ex­er­cise is shown to re­duce fa­tigue by up to 65%. If your fa­tigue doesn’t lift within four to eight weeks, your doc­tor can sug­gest other strate­gies.

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