Foods to Eat After 40
By Sara Butler
Getting older makes many things more challenging. You probably can’t go out and shoot some hoops with your pre-teen without feeling it the next day. Forget riding rollercoasters unless you have a chiropractor on standby. Another way age tends to take its toll is with chronic disease, since your body’s ability to fight them off seems to dwindle. One of those chronic health problems people struggle with after 40 is obesity. But don’t worry, you’re not doomed after 40, you just need to be a little wiser with your choices. Think about adding a few of these foods to your diet to help fight back the clock!
Wild Caught Salmon
In your 40s, your body experiences some hormonal changes that impact the hormones that control appetite. Eating more Vitamin D and adding extra lean protein to your diet can help keep your appetite reined in. Lucky for you, both of those things can be found in wild salmon, so add more to your diet and reap the rewards!
A good strategy as you get older is to avoid foods that cause bloat. Dairy is one of those foods since it’s more difficult for your body to break down lactose efficiently the older you get. When it’s not broken down right, then you’ll probably become quite uncomfortable and bloated. Avoid dairy and you should see a vast improvement in how you look and feel!
A diet full of processed foods only gets worse for you the older you get. Digestive problems can start to creep up in your 40s, so make sure to keep your digestion in tip-top shape with fermented foods. Try some kimchi, kefir, sauerkraut, pickles, kombucha or any yogurt with live cultures to help keep your gut bacteria balanced and happy.
Raspberries are full of antioxidants that help to ward off some types of cancer. Plus, they’re full of fiber to help keep you regular, which you might guess can be a problem as you get older. Look at it this way: They’re a great alternative to prunes. Plus, they’ll help you feel fuller for longer!
Blueberries are delicious and also happen to be packed with antioxidants to help you stay healthy. Eat these blue beauties by themselves, in some Greek yogurt, or on your favorite whole grain pancakes.
Age 40 may be the new 30, but it's still time to eat like a grown-up and give your body what it needs to work at its very best!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Hoboken, N.J.