As the metabolism slows down in the 40s, it’s necessary for women to follow a healthy diet pattern. Women in their 40s need to take their health seriously. For this, the most important thing is following a healthy diet. Doctors suggest to look at diet and give a ‘To Do List’ of what to avoid and what to include in your diet.
Whole grains help combat two things that a woman at this age might be battling with: first, an increasing blood pressure (thanks to heart and artery walls thickening and stiffening over the years); second, a slowing metabolism (metabolism slows by 1 to 2 percent each decade after age 30). Swapping refined grains like white bread and white rice for whole grains (whole wheat bread, brown rice and oats ) will help get more fibre in the body. Adding fibre to the diet helps in prevention of weight gain and even encourages weight loss. Some studies suggest that whole grains help the body hang on to potassium, a mineral that helps maintain normal blood pressure.
Other ways to consume fibre is the salad. A maximum nutrient intake by building a vibrantly coloured salad – spinach, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, red radish, green or black olives or fruits like raisins, oranges and strawberries, help the body immensely. All these ingredients offer fibre, potassium, antioxidants and vitamin C. It also helps keep the skin firm and protect it against UV Rays.
Cut out the white stuff – Salt. Too much salt in the diet negatively impacts blood pressure because it causes the body to retain water. It is this extra water that raises blood pressure. This, in turn, strains the heart, kidneys, arteries and the brain. It is not just about stopping fried and spicy stuff. Salt lurks stealthily in other processed foods like cured meats, cheese, frozen food, pizza and breakfast cereals too.
The evil side of sugar
People avoid having sugar for fear of gaining weight, but there’s more to it. Having too much of sweets can accelerate the ageing process in innumerable ways. Whether it is in ice cream or in a chocolate bar, the body converts this sugar to glucose. A major health issue linked to high blood glucose is diabetes. However, it can also lead to other health problems such as cardiovascular disease, kidney or nerve damage. Diabetics can also experience skin, mouth and bone problems that make the body look and feel older than it should.
Bacon is not your friend
Research has proved that COX-2 enzymes are more active and cause more joint inflammation when a lot of Omega-6 fatty acids than Omega-3 fatty acids are consumed. High up on the Arthritis Foundation’s list of “No-No” foods is bacon, along with processed meats, egg yolks, margarine, pretty much anything fried and oils like corn, sunflower, safflower, soybean and cottonseed.
The third glass of wine
It is a proven fact that moderate amount of red wine is good for the heart. But what’s the right definition of ‘moderate’? According to the National Institutes of Health, light-to-moderate alcohol use means: having two to seven drinks per week. More than that is risky for the heart and liver. Alcohol is the leading cause of heart disease.