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Bloated stomach - The 5 F's of bloating

Bloating of the stomach (tummy or abdomen) is often due to wind or flatulence, but may arise as a result of other causes.

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    Kerry — 03.06.2018 16:52
    I’m worried about my sister. She has always been very slim and recently has suffered with a bloated stomach. She’s in a lot of discomfort, looks terrible and isn’t sleeping. Today she told be her urine isn’t right and smells terrible. She won’t go to the doctors . Help . Thanks

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      Ali — 04.06.2018 09:41
      Hello Kerry, Sorry to hear that your sister is unwell. Any bloating that has gone on for more than a couple of weeks, especially if it is constant or painful along with recent urine symptoms, must be checked out by the doctor to clarify what is going on for her. I would suggest drinking plenty of water daily, in case dehydration or constipation is an issue here; at least 1.5l and our Molkosan to help support your gut and keep things moving. Probiotics (I'm a big fan of the optibac range ) this can also help support the balance of bacteria in the gut which can contribute to bloating).

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    Abbey — 01.06.2018 21:56
    Bloated stomach I'm male In my 50s

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      Alison — 04.06.2018 09:41
      Hello, Could you give me a little bit more information. Do you drink plenty of plain water through the day? Do you suffer constipation at all? How long have you suffered from bloating? Please email me privately at Alison@avogel.co.uk

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    Angela — 23.05.2018 19:21
    Hi there , I'm always getting bloated, to the point that I look as though I'm pregnant with twins. I'm 43 and going into my 2nd year of menopause. I have sadly gained 4 stone in two years. I have tried everything, I've gone to GP on many occasions, which I'm told be more active and stay away from carbs etc. The thing is I'm so fatigued so being active is difficult but I do try. My weight gain and the severe bloating has such an impact that I really don't go out with friends and family anymore. I am so embarrassed and it's very very uncomfortable both physically and mentally. Please please can you help guide me in right direction? Thanks Angela

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      Ali — 24.05.2018 10:19
      Hi Angela, bloating is unfortunately very common in the menopause and can be caused by several factors. Firstly, falling levels of oestrogen can affect the digestive process, slowing everything down resulting in bloating and/or wind. Falling oestrogen levels can also have an effect on carbohydrate metabolism, making it more difficult to digest starches and sugars, and this can often lead to bloating too. I wonder if you have ever considered trying our Menopause Support product? This can help to gently balance your oestrogen levels. Also, as you mention we tend to be less active at this point, often due to fatigue, but even a brisk walk every day can help with digestion. The movements of walking help to 'massage' the digestive tract and remember to do lots of deep breathing as the rhythm of the diaphragm also massages and tones the whole pelvic area. Our Balance Mineral Drink can also help to boost the vitamins and minerals essential for supporting your energy levels during this time. As I'm sure you already know, it can be really helpful to try and avoid white bread, pasta, cakes, biscuits and also white rice if you don't already. Then, if your bowel isn't moving at least once per day (preferably twice) then this can contribute to bloating too. I would suggest drinking plenty of water daily, at least 1.5l and our Molkosan to help support your gut and keep things moving. Probiotics (I'm a big fan of the optibac range ) can also help support the balance of bacteria in your gut which can contribute to bloating). Finally, I would just say that any bloating that has gone on for more than a couple of weeks, especially if it is constant or painful, must be checked out by your doctor as well.

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