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Did you know that decreasing levels of estrogen during the menopausal transition will affect your gut microbiome?

Some studies suggest that post-menopausal women have less diversity of bacteria compared to pre-menopausal women.

Because estrogen and progesterone decrease during menopause, the bacteria that metabolise them become diminished. In a result, there is less diversity of bacteria in the gut.

Although this area of research is still largely unknown, various studies propose that the gut microbiome changes are associated with increased adiposity and decreased metabolic rate. This will lead to putting on weight, without even eating more.

Therefore, it is very important to check the hormone levels during this time.

What to eat during this time to reduce all the unpleasant symptoms and give your gut microbiome a variety of bacteria?

Include in your diet;

  1. Oily fish

  2. Nuts, seeds

  3. Beans, pulses

  4. Wholegrain breads

  5. Plant oestrogens (beans, sprouts, cabbage, spinach, soybeans, grains, hops, garlic, onion)


  1. Ready meals

  2. Sugar, sweets, cakes, soft drinks

  3. Alcohol

If you think you need to take some supplements , seek advice. Make sure you know which one you lack.

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