One of the most vulnerable times in a woman's life is to get a digestive illness directly following the onset of adulthood.  When digestive issues happen, around the time of perimenopause, indicators usually include swelling and excessive gas, which happens to be connected to a hormonal fluctuation.  On top of this, constipation is also something to  worry about.  This, on its own, brings on a whole new set of digestive worries.

The encouraging part regarding digestive issues, is they generally are completely manageable by you.  Many women (females are twice as likely to experience digestive problems rather than men)  assume that digestive issues stem from the beginning of menopause, are likely untreatable.  Not so, ladies! 
Here are some ways to combat digestive problems and improve overall digestive health during menopause. Think about what you are ingesting.  Every bite of food that goes into your system will have a direct impact on your stomach.  By providing your tummy with foods that are quickly digestible and filled with nutrients, you can help your body ward off most warning signs, such as constipation, gas, and bloating.

Know where you’re at in relation to lactose intolerance.  Individuals who cannot process milk products very easily (this is the majority of us) are more prone to possess far more gas and bloating.  Dairy contains lactose, which is sugar.  When sugar is broken up, it produces gas. Reduce your sugar. This includes alcohol.  Sugar equals gas. Gas is the same as bloating. Plain and simple!

Recognize the foods that you eat. Which ones are high in animal hormones? Additional hormones from our food add up to additional hormones in the body.  Menopause is NOT the right time to permit extra hormones to run amuck.  Cows raised for beef have frequently been injected with a ton of growth hormones.  Same for dairy cows. If you eat alot of red meat and dairy,  opt for organic products, because those have never been hormone-injected.
Drink plenty of water. Water detoxes the system; which is essential.  It can also help to flush out fats, which we all know is a big deal for menopausal women. That extra tire around your midsection should not be noticeable when you incorporate the right hormone treatments with the correct diet. Dietary fiber aids in constipation.  Also, take 400 mg magnesium caps once a day, preferrably at night.   Ask your doctor!

Consider taking digestive enzymes as well as probiotics. These wonderful tiny pills make a world of difference to your gut's flora. They can help break down sugars, starches and proteins. If you happen to be sensitive to a specific food, or perhaps just have an overworked, overwhelmed gut, these health-food retailer superstars could turn out to be your new BFFs!

I realize this is easier said than done, but strive to reduce stress.  Stress is disease-provoking, and produces a situation inside the body called “fight or flight.” When this happens, your system unnecessarily  slows down. One such area is the digestive tract.  Persistent stress creates a slow, inefficient digestive tract. This heightens constipation, and also diminishes overall health. Perceived stress also is very much tied to the gut, alone. A little well-known fact is the fact we have just as many nerve endings in our gut, as we do in our brain and our  spinal cord.
Since menopause can be quite stressful, please try and practice stress-relieving strategies that will help your emotional health, as well as your digestive well-being. Practices such as yoga and meditation, together with deep breathing, help reduce menopausal symptoms signficantly.