Many times I have treated people complaining of increasing ‘girth’, especially women as they pass through the menopausal and then post menopausal years. In some it is predominantly the stomach that greatly increases its size, becoming exceedingly extended.
Often this change in appearance is caused by the intake of food exceeding the output of energy. As you get older the output of energy often greatly decreases, but food intake often stays the same, resulting in a gradual increase in weight especially around the abdomen.
Decreasing the amount of food eaten overall will help greatly.
At the same time eliminating all added sugars (this includes all wine, beer, soft drinks, dried fruits and only using a very small amount of honey) will greatly reduce the probability of excess gas causing abdominal bloating.
Greatly reducing carbohydrates (especially bread, potatoes, pasta, white rice) intake and increasing proteins (eggs, chicken, fish, nuts, yoghurt, cottage cheese etc) also can make all the difference to abdominal size.
If, when you have eaten bread you feel bloated and suffer gas, it could be that your body is having trouble breaking down processed wheat. You could try changing to paleo bread, a good quality gluten free bread or cutting it out completely and notice how your body responds. In fact eliminating bread completely from the diet often makes the biggest difference in a very short time.
You may want to read more on ‘Gluten Intolerance’.
If sugar cravings become a problem, taking extra Chromium sometimes can help, however generally if mineral levels are kept at a premium and protein levels increased, then cravings do not happen. Take Colloidal minerals 10-15ml daily.
See page on Minerals – why we need to supplement’.
Ideally this change in diet should be combined with an increase in exercise. A walk once or twice a week does not usually suffice. The muscles need to be kept strong and toned, specifically the abdominal muscles.
Join a yoga or Tai Chi club, go dancing or swimming regularly.
Swimming is one of the best ways of loosing excess fluid if fluid retention is adding to your worries.
Some menopausal women will find that supplementing with a little extra Iodine will greatly help their energy levels and therefore their ability to exercise. Iodine is found in Iodised salt, sea salt, kelp granules, many ‘Thyroid’ supplements or in Colloidal minerals. A good guide to whether you need to supplement or not can be the state of the late afternoon energy levels. If you get exceedingly tired in the late afternoon it could just be the problem.
Blood tests for thyroid function do not always accurately show a mild iodine deficiency.
If these measures are strictly adhered to over some months and there is no reduction in abdominal mass then you may need to look a little further.
Please remember that all natural treatments are best if prescribed individually, so if possible please make an appointment.
Up-dated September 2020.