40s Best Foods for Your
YOUR GOAL: KEEP YOUR BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT YOUNG!
As you move toward menopause, changes in your
hormones can cause upheaval in everything from your
sex life to your cholesterol to your memory. The following
foods—loaded with antioxidants and healthy fats—will
help ward off the effects of aging and keep you feeling
like you’re in your prime for years to come.
To cut back on sodium and keep your
blood pressure in check, use herbs and
flavorings like basil, cilantro and ginger
instead of salt, Koff advises. Fresh
ginger in particular has compounds
that can enhance sex by increasing
blood flow to the genitals, Grotto adds.
Dark red, purple or blue foods contain
anthocyanins, antioxidants that reduce
wear and tear on your joints caused by
inflammation. Grotto suggests cherries,
berries, pomegranates and beets—and
even sips of red wine in moderation.
Since age-related eye issues can
start developing in this decade, Barth
recommends protecting your peepers
by tossing kale into your cart. It’s
packed with antioxidants—as are
spinach, bok choy and other dark, leafy
greens—that help keep vision sharp.
Omega- 3 fats help keep your joints
oiled up and healthy. “They can also
help boost your mood by enhancing
brain function and improve sagging
libido by revving up sex hormones,”
Grotto says. Concentrated sources
include fatty fish like salmon, mackerel
Extra-virgin olive oil
It’s essential to cook with heart-healthy,
omega-3-rich EVOO (Rach’s fave!) in your
40s, instead of inflammation-triggering
soybean, corn and sunflower oils.
Antioxidants in this tea can decrease your
risk of aging-related memory problems,
Grotto says. “It may also help boost your
metabolism and fight age-related weight
gain,” Barth adds.
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