Did you know menopause and constipation are hand in hand? The digestive system is one of the most important aspects in the overall health of men and women. In fact, more women suffer constipation from menopause due to the decrease in women’s hormones. For this reason, we need to change our diet and lifestyle now so we will be able to ease the symptoms and prevent sicknesses in the future.
Why Menopause and Constipation are Hand in Hand?
In general, our bodies start to change from menopause age. As a matter of fact, estrogen (women’s hormone) has a direct impact on the cortisol (hormone), which is known as the stress hormone. When the level of Estrogen is high, the stress hormone is low. So, the balance between Estrogen and the stress hormone keeps the blood pressure and sugar at a stable level.
However, as you go through menopause, the decrease in Estrogen causes the stress hormone to rise. As the result, this trigger the adrenalin to act on the digestive system off. This plays a significant role in being constipated easier from menopause age.
How does Constipation Affect You?
When body wastes sits in your body for long period of time, the increase in bad bacteria. Thus, it will directly lead to the downfall of the bowel environment. Under the those circumstances, increase toxic absorption through the walls of the bowel, which will then spread through blood stream from head to toe.
Constipation affects the rest of body and some of them are very serious.
Symptoms that are commonly affected by constipation include: stomach pain, bloating, cramping, hemorrhoids, body odor, bad breath, frequent gas, allergy, ileus and arteriosclerosis.
Constipation can also affect particular organs such as the liver and the gallbladder. For example, the functions of the liver are, detoxify the bloodstream, store fat and sugar, and convert food into nutrients.
The liver needs to work a lot harder to get rid of toxic caused by the constipation. While the strength of liver decline because of decrease of estrogen from menopause age. It is important realize, the liver is exhausted! This will cause problems in the skin (rashes, pimples and irritation), headaches, fatigue or damaging hair and liver diseases.
Another one is the gallbladder. The roles of the gallbladder are, store the bile that produced from the liver. It helps digest absorb the fat, and get rid of body wastes.
However, the colon bacillus increases because of constipation in the intestine. It gets into the gallbladder through the body system and create the environment that easily produce gallstones and cholecystitis.
How often is regular?
People have a variety of lifestyle and diet. Ideally, the bowel should be emptied once a day. Imagine 3 meals worth of body waste sitting in your body! You don’t want to keep toxins no more than 3 days. This is because the stool becomes harder and more difficult to pass through your intestines after 3 days.
Caution: Constipation in which you need to see the doctor
The Pelvic floor are muscles that control the bladder and bowel. It gets weaken from menopause age.
When the pelvic floor muscles are weak, too tight or damaged by delivery during birth. It causes digestive issues such as constipation. If you have constipation for more than 2 weeks, you need to see the doctor. You might have bowel prolapse or other serious health issue.
Home Remedies for Constipation
The following things are good to relief constipation.
- Drink Sayu (warm water) to stay hydrated
- Eat more veggies, fruits and fermented foods
- Less sugar, salt and avoid junk food
- Do regular exercise
- Avoid excess alcohol
- Release stress
- Give up smoking
Bottom line is….
We now know the connection between menopause and constipation. It is time to look at yourself and make a change in your life. We can manage our digestion through balancing diet and physical activities. Keeping our bowels clean is a key element to stay healthy.
I hope you can join the healthy blossom community and together, we will grow old gracefully!
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