“Oh, the joys of bloating” – said no one ever! Not only do the hormone fluctuations that come with perimenopause and menopause lead to hot flashes, mood swings, and weight gain in the belly region, but they can also lead to bloating. Bloating, which is the feeling of swelling and discomfort in the abdominal region, can cause your pants to feel tight, your shirt to cling uncomfortably to your stomach, and give you a general feeling of malaise.

With all that said, it’s obvious that there's one thing that you don't want to have to deal with on a daily basis (let alone when you're shopping for new clothing) and that's bloat. But what causes bloating? And as a menopausal woman, what can you do about it?

We'll answer both of those questions and more! Join us as we explore the trick to eliminating bloat, feeling great, and putting that gorgeous smile back on your face!

The Culprit: What Causes Bloating

It’s actually all pretty simple. When you start going through perimenopause, your hormones begin shifting. Normally, your estrogen levels will rise, as your ovaries start to release the last of your eggs, and your body begins to figure out what to do once your reproductive system shuts down.

This rise in estrogen levels, which can vary by the day, for the record, causes you to retain extra water in your belly region, causing you to feel bloated… a lot! Remember how bloated you feel just prior to your period? Imagine having to deal with that on an almost-daily basis because of your unpredictable hormones. Let us just say it for you, no thank you!

Luckily, by the time you hit full menopause (once you have no periods at all for 12 months straight), your hormone levels will even out and you'll feel much less bloated. But in the meantime, what can you do about this not-so-enjoyable bloating?

The Solution: Treating Bloating with Probiotics

We’ll be honest. You can eat a healthy diet, stay perfectly hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and still end up with that pesky bloated feeling, thanks to your unpredictable and constantly fluctuating hormones. So, how do you tell that oh-so-icky bloated feeling to hit the road? Well, since it's water weight, extreme exercises and odd diets won't really help. But luckily, there's one solid solution you can turn to: probiotics.

While you’ve probably heard of probiotics before, as it’s all the craze, you may not know exactly what they are. Simply put, probiotics are a dietary supplement that includes plenty of the good bacteria that you need for increased digestive system health. If you take a daily probiotic, then you're ingesting the bacteria that your digestive system needs in order to properly process food and liquids, keeping everything in better balance.

Now for the great news! These probiotics help to eliminate bloating as well, because they prevent your hormones from making you retain water. Instead, the liquids that go through your digestive system will be properly processed, leaving less to hang around and cause bloating. Hallelujah!

In addition, probiotics can help speed up weight loss, help regulate your digestive system, give you more energy (since you'll be processing your food better), and boost your immune system. It's amazing what your digestive system can do once it's in proper balance.

So, the answer to the bloating mystery is actually quite simple. Just say YES to probiotics!

Putting the Puzzle Together: Choosing the Best Probiotic

Just like with anything else, there are so many different probiotics on the market that finding the best option can leave you frazzled and a little overwhelmed. But we have a solution! We've made it easy on you to pick a “homerun” probiotic that can help relieve your bloating and leave you feeling fabulous in just days.

Our De-Bloat Premium Multi-Strain Probiotic is designed for women over 40 who are dealing with perimenopause and menopause symptoms, and it contains the perfect balanced solution for good gut health and less bloating. It’s a dream come true for you, and bloat’s worst nightmare!