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Menopause bloating is not unusual. The uneasiness you feel in your stomach and or intestines, is due to excess gas, air, wind, flatulence, or any one of these commonly known names. There are three (3) ways to minimize menopausal bloating. These include preventive measures, use of foods, and through exercise.

Menopause bloating is not unusual. The uneasiness you feel in your stomach and or intestines, is due to excess gas, air, wind, flatulence, or any one of these commonly known names. Many people refer to this sensation in the stomach as feeling puffy, bloated, distended, gassy or stuffed. The gas develops from swallowing air or from eating disagreeable foods. The hormonal changes during menopause are considered responsible for increased flatulence and discomfort. There are three (3) ways to minimize menopausal bloating. These include preventive measures, use of foods, and through exercise.

Prevention of Menopause Bloating

If you are a menopausal woman who experience excess gas, you should not feel bloated everyday. If this occurs, there might be a need to consult with your doctor to see whether there are other reasons for the unpleasant feelings. In order to help prevent ordinary menopause bloating, it is important to know your body and yourself. For example, know what foods you like and the ones that like you. This might change as you become more mature and experience hormonal changes.

It is not uncommon, for example, for some women to develop excess gas from foods that were previously enjoyed. This occurs sometimes as the body adjusts to unstable hormone levels. The foods frequently include dairy products or seafood. At first, it might be difficult to understand what is causing the bloating. To help solve this problem, try eating only one type of food at each meal. Then, see whether you become bloated after eating this particular food. You can then find other food substitutes that can help you minimize feeling bloated.

Menopause Bloating and Foods

Common foods that result in extra gas and bloating for some menopausal women include: cabbage, eggs, beans, peas, dairy products – such as milk and cheese. Excess gas might also form in the stomach from eating foods high fats, high sugar foods and drinks, fizzy drinks – including sodas; and from chewing gum (especially for extended periods of time).

Menopause Bloating Relief

Women might find menopausal bloating relief with the use of various foods and beverages. For example, soy foods can be substituted for dairy products. Hot beverages, teas, soups and broths, are also helpful. Eating small frequent meals will prevent the stomach from being empty for long periods; and will relieve the sensations of feeling stuffed from digesting larger meals.

The stomach and gut have naturally occurring bacteria that aid digestion. These can be destroyed by taking too much of certain medication such as some antibiotics or strong laxatives. Discuss with your doctor before taking any medication (including over-the-counter). Further, some foods can help in replacing or growing good bacteria in the stomach, for example, Yogurt, especially those containing Probiotics. Women have also found relief from stomach gas through exercise.

Menopause Bloating Exercise

Special exercises can be fun while being helpful in relieving puffy, gassy feelings. For example, some Yoga poses, crunches, sit-ups, and stretches have been found to move the gas around and out of the body. A 5-10 minute walk, for instance, will help to move the gas around and out of the body. A deep breathing exercise: 5-10 evenly-paced deep breaths have a calming effect, relax the body, and aids expulsion of flatulence.

This simple exercise can also help to minimize flatulence or air in stomach or intestines (if you have no personal or medical contraindications): Lay flat on stomach, face down, across your bed. Bend your knees 4-6 times. This stretches the abdominal muscles and allows the gas to escape (Consult with your doctor before doing this or any exercise).

Although menopause bloating is fairly common, it is not necessary to suffer discomfort. Moreover, you should not feel puffy everyday. Prevention of feeling gassy might not be totally avoidable. However, the feelings can be minimized when you substitute gassy foods for those that are more agreeable; and by trying simple exercises that can be both beneficial and fun.

Claudette McFarquhar is a Registered Nurse with a PhD in Education. She has over 30 years of experience as a Nurse, and as an Educator. She has a wealth of experience and information about Menopause that she shares freely at her website. To learn more, visit http://yourhealthwise.com and get information that could change your life.

Many menopausal women are asking, “What can be used for menopause treatment? Women all over, have used different remedies. While some women like natural substances or herbals, others prefer hormonal treatment. For most women, however, the treatment of choice often depends on the the menopausal symptom, and in particular, its severity.

The unique nature of menopause require some individualized treatment. This is of particular interest since no woman might experience all 34 menopausal symptoms. Women might therefore treat each symptom as they arise.

Hot flashes, for example are frequently managed with cold fluids, fanning of the face, and wearing light clothing. On the other hand, some women find relief in taking hot fluids and wearing an extra sweater during cold spells.
Vaginal dryness is another symptom that affect some women. Comfort measures might include the use of KY-Jelly.

In addition to consulting with your health care provider, further information on menopause treatment might be found at http://yourhealthwise.com

Claudette McFarquhar is a Registered Nurse with a PhD in Adult Education and Leadership. She has over 30 years of experience as a Nurse, and as an Educator. She has a wealth of experience and information about Menopause that she shares freely at her website. To learn more, and join the discussion about various aspects of menopause, visit http://yourhealthwise.com and get information that could change your life.

1. Dear Lord you are my shepherd; I shall not want. 2. You make me to lie down in green pastures: you lead me beside the still waters. 3. You restore my soul: you lead me in the paths of righteousness for your name’s sake. 4. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me. 5. You prepare a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. 6. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever (modified, KJV).

Now that we have reflected, reformed body, spirit, and social life, the question now is what do we do with this information?

Rejuvenate your body
Life can be a joy if we make the changes that we can and learn to live with things that we are unable to do much about. An action plan is necessary to restore your body, spirit and social life. For example, the post-menopausal woman can join various groups to keep active. She might even form a group if the one she seeks is not available. A senior’s group, for example, might be formed or joined to engage in regular exercise, going for walks; sharing meal times, or going on a group date. Massages can be shared. For example, to decrease cost, turns can be taken to give friends and members of the family foot massages; back rubs.

Rejuvenate your Spiritual life
Weak or strong, everyone has a spiritual life. Relying on your spirituality during menopause is necessary because it can help you to look great. It is that part of you that helps to make you uniquely who you are. It is your inner being that directs who and what you believe. Whatever your feelings are, you should be able to draw from it for strength. You know that if you let go of it, you will let go of life. And so, you hold on to it no matter what. Learn to share your feelings and beliefs with friends and family. You will find that you have more in common that you have differences.

Adequate sleep and rest is necessary for the woman to look great after menopause. Though some menopausal symptoms tend to lessen as women get older, insomnia might continue to be of concern. This might become more bothersome with excess activities or heavy meals close to bed time. Women are therefore encouraged to avoid late afternoon exercise, and late meals, or naps. A late evening massage – foot, body, or shoulder might be more helpful.

Rejuvenate Your Social life
The woman who leads an active social life will look great after menopause. This is possible as she shares her life with others. Have at least one person whom you call; or who calls you daily. Call up friends from your past and members of the family from time to time. Most times they are longing to hear from you. Talk about times you had together. Most people love to talk about their experiences. Don’t be concerned that you will not know what to talk about. Just allow the other person to talk.

Find and join a group that already exist or form one with people of similar interests. Some existing groups can be found at churches or within communities.
With groups, you can: go out together for walks, swimming, and plays; can take turns in each others home; have girls’ night out; movie and/or game night; entertain in your home; take turns hosting in your home. Take turns serving each other. Take turns doing each others hair, nails and make up.

Menopause is not straightforward. The woman goes through several changes, and finally, becomes post-menopausal. During this phase, she can continue to look great as she engages in ways to maintain her body, spirit and social life. This can be achieved as she reflects, reforms and rejuvenates her life

Claudette McFarquhar is a Registered Nurse with a PhD in Education. She has over 30 years of experience as a Nurse, and as an Educator. She has a wealth of experience and information about Menopause that she shares freely at her website. To learn more, visit http://yourhealthwise.com and get information that could change your life.

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All areas of life are intertwined, especially, body, spirit and social life. It would therefore difficult, if not impossible to reorganize one aspect of life without any other area not being affected. This is like an inborn quality, in that when the body looks good, the spirit feels good, general attitude improves, and so, the social life is transformed.

Moreover, everyone loves to look their best at all times, and especially after menopause. We not only like to look our best, but we also like when we look good to others and are told how great we look. One of the ways to looking great after menopause is to take a look at our body, spirit, and social life, and formulate an action plan to reform it, then to put the plan into action.

Reforming your body
For example, now that you have reflected on body, spirit, and social life, the question is how do you reform the truths that you have exposed? For example, if you have feelings that you are too thin or too fat, you might be encouraged to reflect on these findings, and in truth, whether you are medically well. So, you might want to affirm your level of wellness with your health care professional (HCP). Your decision to gain or lose weight will be a step toward reforming your body. It will be for you, a step in the right direction, which will help you look great after menopause

Loving your body the way you are is a great level of acceptance. You can list the things you love most, and continue to cherish these positives daily. Food and nutrition is a means of survival but also brings pleasure. If you can eat what you want whenever you want and loving your body the way it is, it is cause for celebration. Most women find this combination challenging, especially after menopause. Maintaining an exercise routine is another obstacle faced by many women. Still, this is doable, especially in the company of people with mutual interests and shared motivation.

Everyone can benefit from some level of exercise. It does not always mean that you have to be running tracks or lifting weights. If you spend most of your day in bed or a chair, you can do modified exercises. If you are unable to move even one muscle, a care giver can help you to do passive exercises.

Reforming your spiritual life
Reforming your spiritual life will begin by accepting where you are spiritually. The truths revealed to you through reflection can help you accept who you are, move you to search deeper, or motivate you toward spiritual transformation. At this point, you might discover some truths about the real meaning or purpose of your life. Your life will either be reformed to fulfill this purpose, or be transformed because of this purpose.

Reforming your social life
Reformation of your social life will follow the changes you have made in your body and spiritual life. Further, when your body looks great and you are fulfilled spiritually, you will feel more eager to socialize. For example, you might have recalled some friends and family in your reflection. You might be motivated to rekindle some long-lost relationships.

By reaching out to others, in time, they too will reach out to you, because, by socializing, people draw on the strength of each other. Body, spirit, and social life are improved by eating, exercising, communicating, and sharing with each other. In addition, one needs to have a belief system to draw on for inner strength. Most things are more fun when shared than when done alone. Post-menopausal women can benefit by sharing in these activities. This encourages and motivates them to look their best. Before long, the affirmation of body, spirit, and social life will help you to look great after menopause.

Stay Tuned for Part IV of a IV Part Series to find out more about: 3 Ways To Look Great After Menopause.

Claudette McFarquhar is a Registered Nurse with a PhD in Education. She has over 30 years of experience as a Nurse, and as an Educator. She has a wealth of experience and information about Menopause that she shares freely at her website. To learn more, visit http://yourhealthwise.com and get information that could change your life.

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What did Socrates mean by stating, “The unexamined life is not worth living? Well, it could mean a number of things. One of which might be, the need not only to examine your life, but to do something positive with what you find. And so, when you as a menopausal woman look back over your life, you can reflect on your body, spirit, and social life, and make a decision to make practical and positive changes.

How reflection can help you to look great after menopause
Questions or thoughts may include, but are not limited to:
(You may write these down)

Reflections on Your Body:
1. Am I too thin?
2. Am I too big?
3. Do I love my body just the way I am?
4. Do I eat what I want whenever I want?
5. Am I exercising at least once a week?
6. Would I do more if I had company?
7. Is exercise for me?
8. Is there at least one thing about my body that I would change if I could

Reflections on Your Spiritual Life:
1. Do I have a spiritual life?
2. Do I know and love whom I believe?
3. Do I know in whom I believe?
4. Have I any spiritual concerns?
5. Do I know at least one thing that is true?
6. Am I spiritually fulfilled?
7. Do I know at least one thing that no matter what I would not change my mind?
8. Is there at least one thing about my spiritual life that I would change if I could?

Reflections on Your Social Life:
1. Do I have close friends and family?
2. Do I communicate with at least one person daily?
3. Do I get out of my home as often as I can?
4. Do I call friends and family from time to time?
5. Are there any friends or family who call me from time to time?
6. Do I care about communicating with anyone?
7. Is there at least one thing about my social life that I would change if I could?
8. Do I love my social life?

As you begin to reflect, writing down your memories might be helpful. If you are not one who frequently journal, this might be a great time to start.
Your findings at the end of your reflection can be used as a starting point to make simple changes that can make you look great at this important time in your life. If your reflections bring back memories, acquaintances, or situations that you are not happy about, make a decision to change them, one thing at a time.

If your reflections take you back to a time when you were lonely or sad, this might be a time to call a pastor, priest, or friend. Call long time acquaintances that you have been promising to call.

Your decision may also be – to bury them right back where they were, or to put them on a list of things to do at a later time. Whatever you do, don’t look at your decision as a burden. Don’t allow it to stress you.

On the other hand, if you look at it as something that will make you feel and look better in the end, affirm it in your spirit, by believing that all things are possible with the help of the one in whom you believe.

Whatever your decision, after reflecting, your memories will be yours to do as you wish. The most important thing is that you took time to reflect, to re-examine your life. And so, if you believe in Socrates, you will find that your life is more than worth living!

Stay tuned for Part III to find out more about:
3 Ways to Look Great After Menopause

Claudette McFarquhar is a Registered Nurse with a PhD in Education. She has over 30 years of experience as a Nurse, and as an Educator. She has a wealth of experience and information about Menopause that she shares freely at her website. To learn more, visit http://yourhealthwise.com and get information that could change your life.

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Menopause is a mile stone achievement. It occurs around the age of 45 to 55 years, but can begin as early as the late 30’s. Women are not truly menopausal until they have gone 12 straight months without a period. Menopause, however, is not straight forward. You will go through several stages, changes, and feelings of pre-menopause, peri-menopause, and menopause; then comes post-menopause. Some women get to this last stage, feeling quite worn-out, stressed, and lonely. You however, do not have to feel this way. What can you do to look your best? You can use three simple everyday solutions that can help make you look great after menopause.

At this stage after menopause, you are said to be post-menopausal. You have somewhat less menopausal symptoms such as hot and cold flashes, breast pains, bloating feelings, mood swings. There is a greater sense of mellowing down. Along the way to this stage, you have lived a life. Many lessons have been learned. You have made many acquaintances, and most importantly, you have reached a milestone or a different level of feminine maturity.

You might not have looked lately or examined who or where you are in life, or what you can do to look your best. Socrates suggested that at some point, life should be examined. He stated, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” But you do have a great deal of life yet to be lived.

And so, this is a wonderful time to continue to make life worth living to the fullest. It is said that how you feel reflects how you look and how you look affects how you feel. One of the first things you want to do about any concerns of life is to check with your health care provider. Aside from that, think of these 3 ways that can help you to look great after menopause. First reflect on your body, spirit, and social life. Second, reform your body, spirit and social life. Third, make an action plan to rejuvenate your body, spirit, and social life.

Reflection

Reflection for the most part means to return or image, and in this sense to look back. We can look back at our past to recall what went on before in any aspect of our lives. If you, for example are post-menopausal, you might (a) be around 60 or so years (b) have accepted menopause as a fact of life (c) desire to live your life on your own terms, and (d) be ready to make change that will help you to look your best.

As suggested by Socrates, looking back over your life can help to improve your life. For example, you can reflect on your body of previous years and compare it with how you look today. If you are not completely satisfied you can decide how you would prefer to look. You can then make an action plan for the changes that you would love to see.

Spiritual reflections can help you to know your self better. You might not have thought of your spiritual life before. Now might be the time to redefine who you are and where you would like to be spiritually.

There is also a social side of you that can help you to look better. For example, by revisiting the life you previously lived socially, may take you back to people and experiences, to things and lived in places such as schools or birth place. You might recall good as well as not so good times you had with family, friends, acquaintances. Now might be the time for you to accept some things, rekindle some flames, or make some changes that might make a difference in your life.

Stay tuned for Part II of to learn the questions you can ask to reflect on your life in:
3 Ways to Look Great After Menopause

Claudette McFarquhar is a Registered Nurse with a PhD in Education. She has over 30 years of experience as a Nurse, and as an Educator. She has a wealth of experience and information about Menopause that she shares freely at her website. To learn more, visit http://yourhealthwise.com and get information that could change your life.

Breast pain or discomfort is not unusual during menopause. It is listed among the 34 menopausal symptoms. However, women can also experience other conditions of the breast that result in pain or soreness.

Some conditions of the breasts with or without discomfort that require a follow up with a health care provider include fibrocystic breasts (also known as – chronic cystic mastitis, mammary dysplasia, cystic breasts, cystic disease). These conditions might or might not be associated with pain, but the breasts may feel ‘lumpy’. Some initial tests might not be very clear. If this happens, your doctor or Radiologist sometimes will request further tests such as a mammogram, a Sonogram, MRI, or may repeat the test that was initially done.

Women who are starting to breastfeed sometimes also experience painful breasts (breasts feel full, heavy, as the milk begins to come in). This is different from mastitis (redness, fever); abscess (might be due to staphylococcus aureus); and benign or cancerous tumors to name a few. Cancerous tumors tend to be more painful as the disease becomes worse.

It is important to differentiate between breast discomforts that might be due to menopause and those that are not. Women are being advised to seek medical attention for pain or discomfort of the breasts; and to insist on having a sonogram or mammogram to aid a definite diagnosis. Even for women who are menopausal, until a diagnosis is made, it should not be assumed about what is causing the breast discomfort.

My recent experience with breast pain, for example. What I heard about breast pain and menopause and what I experienced were totally different. I had heard that pain of the breasts often occurs during menopause, but seemingly, I had never fully understood how severe the pain could be. The pain I felt was only in my right breast. It lasted just over a day. After sharing my experience with other menopausal women, it was affirmed that perceptions and experiences are frequently not the same. It also confirmed that everyone’s experience might be different, and that by sharing our experiences, someone might be helped.

Due to the fact that my breast pain came a day after experiencing menopausal electric shock in the same breast, I am inclined to believe that the pain was one of the 34 menopausal symptoms. I am however, following through with my doctor to have a mammogram in order to stop my guessing whether this breast pain was indeed due to menopause. As soon as I get the result, I will share the outcome.

Claudette McFarquhar is a Registered Nurse with a PhD in Adult Education and Leadership. She has over 30 years of experience as a Nurse, and as an Educator. She has a wealth of experience and information about Menopause that she shares freely at her website. To learn more, and join the discussion about various aspects of menopause, visit http://yourhealthwise.com and get information that could change your life.