Lifestyle & wellbeing to help with digestive issues
Can help to keep you regular. Alongside a healthy diet It can help to keep your weight in check, so putting less stress on the digestive system.
Stay calm and try to manage stress
When you’re stressed you may eat too much, eat too quickly or opt for some of those comforting high carb, refined foods that trigger your digestive problems. Taking steps to manage stress; supplements, exercise, yoga, mindfulness or even HRT, may lower pesky cortisol levels and you may notice an improvement in your menopausal digestive problems. Read our blog 6 Things you can do to relieve stress in menopause.
Identify your triggers
If it’s a persistent problem keep a log, no pun intended, of what you’ve eaten, when you’ve eaten and the stress levels you were experiencing before your specific digestive issue struck.
Manage your movements
A little tip we learnt from Women's Health Physiotherapist Christien Bird, to help ease our bowel movements, prevent straining, or prolapse, is to prop our feet up so that knees are raised higher than hips. The physiology of our body is still set up to squat behind trees. So, either use a small stool (sorry about the pun!), such as a child's potty training stool, a stack of loo rolls, or, just go glamorous and wear your stiletto’s! There's also the Squatty Potty that's been designed especially to help you out.
For more information on dealing with constipation, read our blog, Toilet Talk: how to deal with constipation in menopause.
Is there an App for that?
FODMAP App for people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome
FoodMaestro has collaborated with King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust to create a new app to help people with IBS whose Registered Dietitian has recommended that they follow a low FODMAP* diet: http://www.foodmaestro.me/fodmap-app/. A key feature of the new app is the ability to quickly and easily find suitable foods to eat from over 30,000 ingredients and 100,000 products in leading UK supermarkets. The FODMAP by FM app is free to download on IOS and android for 14 days, with a £3.99 annual subscription thereafter.