Gut bacteria and how they can influence your health at the menopause

Gut bacteria affect many aspects of your health – not just your digestive system. Having the right balance of good gut bacteria (and other microorganisms) versus bad gut bacteria can influence your physical and mental wellbeing. Lots of factors can upset this delicate balance (called your gut microbiome), including changes at the menopause.

In the Winter 2022-2023 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, Gaynor Bussell, freelance nutritionist and health writer, discusses the gut microbiome and the benefits of having the right microorganism balance, especially good versus bad bacteria. She looks at how an unhealthy lifestyle, certain medicines and certain health conditions can influence gut health – and how to restore a healthy balance.

“In recent years, gut health has become an important area of research,” says Norma Goldman. “In particular, the gut microbiota has been linked to various health conditions, from asthma and eczema to heart disease and inflammatory bowel disease. Making some simple changes to your lifestyle can help your gut microbiome to thrive.”

Other articles in the Winter 2022-2023 issue of The Menopause Exchange quarterly newsletter include Speaking to a GP about the menopause, HRT in women with medical conditions, and Oral health, as well as news, Ask the Experts Q&As and information about Norma Goldman’s webinars, talks and workshops.

The Menopause Exchange, which was established in 1999, is unbiased and independent and isn’t sponsored by any companies or organisations. Our free quarterly newsletter contains articles written by top UK medical experts, including menopause consultants, GPs, specialist menopause nurses, pharmacists, dietitians and complementary practitioners. We also include news, book reviews and our ‘Ask the experts’ page. Each issue of The Menopause Exchange’s free quarterly newsletter is emailed to over 13,000 people, including women, men, healthcare professionals, complementary therapists, workplace managers and journalists.

Menopause webinars: Your readers may be interested in organising a webinar for their family and friends or workplace. For over 23 years, Norma Goldman has been presenting menopause talks and workshops. Her in-depth knowledge has helped thousands of women enjoy a more comfortable menopause. She’s now hosting her own regular webinars via Zoom. Norma’s ‘Understanding the menopause’ webinar is suitable for women at or approaching the menopause, women who have had a premature menopause (before age 40) or a hysterectomy, or anyone with an interest in women’s midlife health. Post-menopausal women can attend presentations too. If women join the webinar, they’ll be able to ask questions, receive a factsheet and hear about other women’s experiences. To attend a webinar, arrange one for a group of friends or to find out more information, women should e-mail or call 020 8420 7245.