Menopause and Constipation – How to Get Your Bowels Moving

by Laura Ramirez on September 1, 2011

Menopause and constipation can cause great distress and do not have to become a constant in your life. Many peri-menopausal women also complain about irritable bowel syndrome, with constipation ranking high in the list of complaints. Fluctuating hormone levels definitely play a big role in constipation at the onset of menopause. Estrogen particularly affects the gastrointestinal tract by properly stimulating it in order to have regular bowel movement.

A diet rich in fiber, drinking plenty of fresh fruit juices and water, and regular exercise are great and effective ways to address menopause and constipation. Many women have come to rely on laxatives, enemas, and over-the-counter medication to cure constipation. However, becoming dependent on laxatives can lead to intestinal, kidney, colon, and even heart problems. There have been many cases of people collapsing due to electrolyte imbalance caused by long-term laxative abuse. Enemas and colonics can actually strip the intestines of important flora that aids in digestion.

The best solution for menopause and constipation is to go for natural remedies that not only cure specific symptoms, but aim to promote overall digestive health and regular bowel movement. Those that are in prepared tablet or tincture form are recommended for easy and convenient use. When looking for homeopathic medication to treat constipation during menopause, consider the following effective and safe herbal ingredients:

  • Red aloe, is a tonic best known to aid in proper digestive function. It is scientifically known as Aloe ferox and is especially effective at promoting regular bowel movements.
  • Dandelion also has a tonic effect on the liver and digestive system. It is a much sought-after salad ingredient because it contains many vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin A, B, C, and D, as well as potassium, iron, lecithin, zinc, and manganese. Dandelion extract in prepared form can greatly aid menopause and constipation because it helps maintain healthy fluid levels in the body.
  • Passion flower is a soothing herb that calms the nerves and promotes relaxed bowel muscles. When combined with red aloe and dandelion in prepared form, passion flower can aid greatly in regulating bowel movements by eliminating the pain and suffering associated with constipation.
menopause and constipation

Menopause and constipation can be relieved with natural remedies.

The best way to take the ingredients above is in a formulation made specifically for menopause and constipation so you’re sure to get the right amounts of all ingredients for the best and most gentle, but effective results.

Some activities such as meditation and yoga have been known to keep constipation at bay because certain poses and deep breathing stimulate the digestive system. Also, it generally helps bowel movements when the mind is calm and the body is relaxed and stress-free. Other natural remedies to address menopause and constipation include sprinkling a teaspoon of flax seeds with every meal (they have a pleasant, nutty taste that goes well with anything) and drinking prune juice regularly. Cutting back or taking out red meat and too much white flour products in your diet is also recommended, as well as ingesting more fiber-rich food like brown rice, cereals, fresh fruit and vegetables. Live-culture yogurt is especially helpful in cases of chronic constipation.
Copyright © 2011 by Laura Ramirez. All rights reserved.

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