Forty is the new 30, just like 30 is the new 20. With women living longer, healthier lives than ever before and remaining active into later years, it is natural that turning 40 is no longer a dreaded indicator of middle age but rather a time when women feel more satisfied, fulfilled, and confident about who they are.
However, as you turn 40, you realize that your body is no longer what it was five, 10, or 20 years ago. To ensure that you remain healthy in your 40's and beyond, it is time to incorporate some of the following health tips into your regular routine.
Screen for diseases
Early screening helps prevent many complications to your health. Getting screened for diabetes is recommended. In addition, screening for breast cancer and colon cancer are necessary, if there is a history of cancer in your family. Some doctors may offer additional advice about screening for diseases, based on their assessment of your health.
Incorporate dairy products in your diet
Dairy products are a rich source of calcium. Calcium, as you might be aware, is the building block of bones. Without adequate calcium intake, bones turn thin and brittle. This condition is known as osteoporosis. This condition is more common than you realize. If you are over the age of 40, you might want to ensure that your foods include more natural sources of calcium. Besides milk, yogurt is also a rich source of calcium and preferred by many women for its light, healthful characteristics. If you feel your diet lacks adequate calcium, you may talk to your doctor about supplements for calcium.
Managing hormonal change
For women, the chief aspect of their 40's is the changes in hormones that their body experiences. From hot flushes to menopause, there are a lot of things that your body is experiencing. If you are using contraceptives, you might want to talk to the doctor about their suitability. Some contraceptives are associated with greater risk of heart disease and you might want to find a replacement. You should also talk to your physician about ways to manage hormone changes better, if they are causing discomfort and problems.
One point that women often forget to account for is their mental health. A sound mind makes a healthy body. If you are under stress, you will find yourself sick more frequently. Moreover, it will be difficult for you to recover from illnesses. That is why managing stress levels is very important. Women in their 40's might have a lot of things going on in their lives, such as careers, teenaged children, and so on. You could try to rope in your family members to do some of the chores, so that you make more time for yourself. This will help you with your efforts at stress relief.
Staying healthy, mentally and physically, in your 40's, will help you prevent diseases, and also, help you look younger. Since younger looking skin and hair are the result of good health, it is important that you focus on your health for all around well being.