One of the many side effects of menopause is digestive problems that can interfere with your daily life. Among the indigestion, constipation and cramps, you also have to battle a constant feeling of being full of hot air.
Although abdominal bloating is a bothersome symptom, you don't have to simply wait it out. If you get moving, chances are the gas trapped inside you will too. One of the best ways to relieve digestive problems is to do yoga, and the best part is, you don't even have to stand up to do this workout. Read on for more info.
There are a few pointers to keep in mind as you ready yourself for the workout. Remember to where comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. (No spandex, ladies!) Also, you should never try to do yoga immediately after eating, even if your full stomach is the reason you're bloated in the first place.
These positions focus on your digestive organs, which will make them great poses for relieving your bloated tummy.
Start with the Hero Pose, a Common Yoga Posture
You'll need a yoga mat and a stack of folded blankets for this one. Adapt a traditional kneeling position, except spread your legs out to give your buttocks room to touch the floor. (If this position is uncomfortable, use the stack of blankets to support your buttocks.) Place your hands on top of your knees, with your palms exposed. Sit tall, elongating your spine, and breathe deeply. Hold this pose for a maximum of two minutes.
For the Head-to-Knee Bend
Begin by sitting on the floor with your legs extended flat in front of you. Bend your left leg and gently pull it in until your left foot is tucked into your right thigh. Then, stretch your arms upward, elongating the spine, before bending at the waist so that your face is pressed into your right leg. Hold this pose for one minute, and then switch legs and repeat.
Lastly, Try the Sitting Twist
This pose will also begin with you sitting on the floor with both legs stretched out straight in front of you. Bend your right leg so that your right heel is tucked beneath your buttocks and your right knee extended to the right. Then, bend your left leg and bring it across the right leg, using your right arm to cradle it. Place your left hand on the floor for support, and twist your torso to the left. Maintain this pose for ten to 15 seconds, and then switch sides.
All of these poses will aid in healthy digestion, which will not only reduce the creation of new gas but encourage existing gases to move speedily through your digestive tract.
More Information about Digestive Problems during Menopause
When estrogen declines during menopause, it allows the body to increase its production of cortisol, which slows digestion. Click the following link to learn more about digestive problems during menopause.