The more you research into the menopause, the more you realise how much the decline in oestrogen plays havoc with your body, leading to many of the uncomfortable menopause symptoms we suffer.

Did you know though that these fluctuating levels of oestrogen can impact our gut health? Research has suggested that healthy oestrogen levels promote the growth of healthy bacteria, maintain our gut health and help with inflammation in the body.

So, what can you do to help maintain a healthy gut?

Give your body the rest it needs. It isn’t always easy during the menopause if you’re suffering from hot flushes and night sweats but as much as you can, rest up and prioritise sleep. Lack of sleep can increase stress which is a trigger to issues in the gut.

Take a probiotic to help increase the good bacteria and give your tummy the love it deserves. Certain foods also include healthy bacteria such as yoghurt, kefir and miso.

You know the saying – you are what you eat! Include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet and keep the unhealthy treats to a minimum. Everything in moderation as they say, but it is important to eat healthy to feel healthy. Don’t forget that all important water intake too, staying hydrated can help with many menopausal symptoms.

There are plenty of tips online including healthy recipes and meal plans to help you with nutritious, balanced meals.

As always, if you notice any uncomfortable symptoms to do with gut health that worry you, speak to an expert or healthcare professional.