Four wellness boosting tips for ladies in their 40s
By Marc Innes
Owner of School of Natural Therapies
Congratulations, you have made it (or are getting close) to your 40s! This is an exciting transition time in most women’s lives.
It also brings some different health challenges, most noticeably the transition towards menopause. Every part of your body is affected by menopause, as well as many emotional and psychological changes.
So here are four simple wellness-boosting tips for this period of your life:
1. Eat the right things (as much as possible)
The best thing you can do for your health (at any age) is to cut out processed foods. These types of foods, which are high in sugar and corn syrup, as well as other pre-packaged, processed products, are detrimental to your health.
As much as possible, switch to a whole foods diet. The healthy fats in fish oil help to reduce your risk of heart disease. Additionally, consuming probiotics is an essential part of improving your gut health and your overall health. Foods like yogurt or kimchi can help in promoting wellness throughout the body.
Even if you are eating cleaner and healthier than you ever have before in your life, many women see a change in their thyroid function around this time. Ask your doctor to check your thyroid if it is not producing the proper level of hormones; this can make it seemingly impossible to maintain a healthy weight, among other potentially detrimental health effects.
2. Get regular checkups
As you age, it becomes more and more critical to continue the positive health habits you have already established and maintain a regular checkup schedule.
There are many tests and procedures you need to go through after turning 40, which include breast cancer screenings, bone mineral density tests, blood pressure tests for hypertension, and heart disease screenings.
Also, you should visit the dentist regularly and have your teeth professionally cleaned every 6 to 12 months. The American Academy of Ophthalmology now recommends that starting at age 40, adults with no risk factors or signs of eye disease should get a baseline eye screening.
If you are at high risk or have a family history of health problems, you will need additional screenings and checkups.
And, between you and me, a regular full body deep tissue massage should be on your radar as well!
3. Pay attention to your body
No matter what their age, many women are constantly locked in a battle with their bodies. By the time you hit your 40s, hopefully, you will have reached a point where you can let those feelings go.
Instead of struggling against your anatomy, pay attention to it and what it needs to feel good. Love your body, prioritise your own needs, and get plenty of rest.
Furthermore, be honest with yourself about an exercise regime that works for you. The only way you are going to stick with a regimen is if it involves an activity that you genuinely enjoy. For some, this may be cardio exercise, which helps to improve your heart health, while for others this may be strength training, which helps to slow the loss of muscle mass.
4. Adopt a mindfulness practice
Many people, especially women, spend the majority of their lives running around and looking after everyone else but themselves.
By adopting a mindfulness practice (whether that is yoga and meditation, or another practice entirely), you can positively influence the plasticity of the brain. Maybe you would even be interested in taking massage courses for beginners in London.
As you enter your 40s, you are likely going to have new concerns and additional questions about your health. Make sure you continue to have a good, open relationship with a healthcare professional with whom you feel comfortable discussing your concerns.
You may want to ask him or her questions such as:
- Will insurance pay for the screening tests I need in my 40s?
- Is depression a normal part of aging? What treatments are available?
- Am I at risk for osteoporosis? How much calcium and vitamin D should I get each day?
- How can I improve my diet and exercise program to have a healthier lifestyle in my 40s?
Write down any questions or concerns you may have and take them with you to your next appointment. Here’s to your health!
Marc Innes is the Owner and Principal of the School of Natural Therapies, a training school for Massage & Holistic Therapies located in London. Marc began his career in the NHS, working in a number of managerial and training roles within the Ambulance Service in London. He spent much of that time educating and coaching medical staff. Over time, he developed an interest in all things complementary to Allopathic Medicine, in particular, Reiki Healing and EFT, which culminated in running a successful teaching and ‘energy healing’ practice. Marc is passionate about the massage and complementary therapy industry.
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