Age 40 mark the beginning of another phase of life, the body is far from the way it was at age 25 so a whole lot is going to change including your metabolism. As you age, your metabolism slows down, meaning it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Interestingly, according to Men’s Fitness, beginning at 25, your metabolism begins its inevitable decline, at a rate of about 2% to 4% each year.
What this mean is that you’re gonna have to adjust to a better diet that’ll keep healthy and keep aging away. These are some of the foods you should avoid.
According to the CDC, about 33% of adults have high blood pressure, and incidence increases with age. Since high-sodium foods can raise blood pressure even further (for salt-sensitive people), it’s especially important to maintain a low-sodium diet in your 50s, when your risk for heart disease and stroke are already elevated. This usually means avoiding foods that are pickled, cured, or highly processed. On average, one pickle contains 1180 mg of sodium – almost an entire day’s allotment for an adult with high blood pressure!
Fast food contains a ton of bad-for-you ingredients, including sugars, bad fats, large amounts of carbohydrates, and sodium, which impacts almost every system in the body. Eating too much of it can even result in erectile dysfunction. Also, fast food usually contains trans fats, which can stiffen the look of your skin and make it look inflexible. According to Diet Myths Busted; Food Facts Not Nutrition Fiction by Ann A. Rosenstein, referenced in the Huffington Post, “Trans fats clog and stiffen the arteries and smaller blood vessels,” which makes the skin look old.
Staying away from soda at any age is a no-brainer, but the so-called “liquid candy” is an even bigger hazard when you’re dealing with abnormal blood sugar levels, a common problem for the 40+ crowd. Soda can send your blood sugars soaring, increasing your risk for type 2 diabetes and promoting inflammation to boot. Studies also show that a high-sugar diet is linked to having unhealthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels, which are major risk factors for heart disease. (Side note: The empty calories from soda won’t fill you up like solid food will.) If you love bubbly beverages, swap the soda for naturally flavored seltzer, and add a splash of 100% fruit juice if it needs a flavor boost.
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