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dogBloating is characterised by a feeling of tightness in the abdominal area. It can last from a couple of hours to several days. You may also experience increased levels of wind or flatulence.

There are a number of reasons why you might be experiencing a bloated stomach and indeed you should take action by increasing your water intake and cutting down on certain foods if you are someone who is struggling with a bloated belly.

However, recent research points to those pesky hormones playing part in women who suffer bloating during menopause. An article on website Newswise states:

Newswise — Bethesda, Md. (June 22, 2015)—Water retention—a cause of bloating—is associated with changes in sex hormone levels. Many women experience water retention during menopause, but how sex hormones affect water balance is not understood. A new study in in the American Journal of Physiology—Renal Physiology sheds light on the connection, finding that sex hormones can directly control how the body reabsorbs water.
Water level in the body is maintained by the kidneys, which controls the amount of water reabsorbed from the blood they filter. Water is reabsorbed through channels called aquaporin 2 (AQP2) that are found along the kidneys’ ducts. How much is reabsorbed is affected by the amount of AQP2.

Female rats with their ovaries removed produced less urine and had more AQP2 channels in their kidneys compared with female rats with ovaries. Treating the rats with the female sex hormone estradiol increased urine output and decreased the amount of AQP2. According to the researchers, the data supported that estradiol had an inhibitory effect on AQP2, meaning the lower the estradiol level, the greater the water retention. Changes in sex hormone levels over the menstrual cycle may affect the kidneys’ water handling, and the reduced level of hormones during menopause may explain the greater water retention, the researchers wrote.

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There are several ways to combat bloating as mentioned earlier. I recommend you reduce your alcohol and sugar intake. Also reduce your daily salt intake by avoiding processed or convenience foods and refraining from adding extra salt to your foods. Sodium causes your body to retain fluids. By avoiding excess intake, you can reduce bloating related to menopause

Website avogel.com also looks at reasons as to why bloating can occur, herbal remedies, conventional remedies and home remedies to combat bloating:

Looking after your digestive system correctly will help reduce bloating. Certain foods can cause flatulence. Beans and soft cheese are notorious for producing gas. Many menopausal women try to lose weight and eat more healthily. While this isn’t a bad thing, sudden changes in diet or crash diets can also lead to bloating.

You may find that eating small meals regularly will prevent your metabolism from slowing down. This means that you will be able to digest food more efficiently, preventing bloating and weight gain.

To read more on this subject go to website www.avogel.co.uk