Menopause Symptoms: Gastrointestinal Distress and How To Treat It

by Laura Ramirez on October 16, 2011

As one of the lesser known menopause symptoms, gastrointestinal distress is hardly ever discussed in articles about how to alleviate menopausal discomfort. Still, it has become a cause of concern for countless women who have gone through the inconvenient (and oftentimes embarrassing) signs that something is wrong with the digestive system. Menopause is characteristically accompanied by a wide range of health concerns. Having an upset stomach on top of hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and a plethora of other physically and mentally draining symptoms is no walk in the park for any woman.


When it comes to addressing gastrointestinal woes, a women going through menopause should realize it is largely hormone-related. Studies have shown that hormonal fluctuations can greatly contribute to abdominal discomfort and troubles. Different forms of it include constipation, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), acid reflux, and even burping. Given other expected menopause symptoms, gastrointestinal distress can really add to the overall nuisance brought about by hormonal imbalance. The best way to address it is still by natural means and sound lifestyle choices. Avoiding stressful situations can already do wonders to keep potential gastrointestinal problems at bay. Cut down or do away with processed and refined food, and too much salt, fat, and grease in meals. Drink plenty of water and fresh fruit juices to help the body get rid of toxins the natural and safe way.


As part of a range of menopause symptoms, gastrointestinal distress needs to be addressed in a safe, effective, and natural way before turning to synthetic and potentially harmful drugs. Fortunately, there are now products made to alleviate this particular symptom using all natural, homeopathic approved ingredients. Go for conveniently prepared formulation such as capsules or tinctures for convenient regular ingestion. When looking for the best product, keep in mind the following tried and tested ingredients to aid gastrointestinal problems.


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    Menopause symptoms: gastrointestinal distress can be treated with natural herbs that have no side effects.

    German chamomile provides an overall soothing effect to most bodily systems especially the digestive and nervous ones. Chamomile has proven anti-inflammatory properties to aid most forms of gastrointestinal disturbances. It is so effective that it has been used in many healing potions and remedies in Europe for centuries now.

  • The herbal ingredient meadowsweet goes by the scientific name Filipendula ulmaria. It strengthens the stomach lining and digestive mucous to help break down food properly. It provides overall soothing relief to the digestive system.
  • The bark of the slippery elm is also efficacious in addressing the menopause symptoms of gastrointestinal distress and stomach problems. It is a valuable ingredient for tonics because it is rich in trace minerals, iodine, protein, manganese, and mucilage. Many homeopaths consider it a necessary component of natural remedies for the digestive woes.
  •  The people of South Africa have a very good natural ingredient for tummy problems in the form of the Sutherlandia frutescens, or the cancer bush. It provides support to the digestive system and gives an overall tonic relief with its active compounds of amino acid, pinitol, and L-canavenine.

Rather than taking these herbs separately, it is best to take them in a tonic formulated specifically to treat menopause symptoms gastrointestinal distress.

Please leave your comments below about what you’ve done or taken to alleviate this distressing symptom.

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