Through our 30s and 40s we deal with quite significant changes in our bodies – Irrespective of our general health and lifestyle. We’ve all heard the horror stories, “I found it impossible to lose weight after turning 30” etc. – Let’s explore some of the most common questions we get about this age group, and some of the preventative measures we should be taking for the future...
What happens in our 30s and 40s?
Weight Gain: Our resting metabolic rate (i.e. the rate at which our body burns calories just by being alive) slows down – This is normal. So, our usual routine for eating and exercising is often no longer enough to maintain our healthy weight, hence we gain a few pounds. A contributing factor to this is our muscle building hormones start to decline.
Difficultly Losing Weight: This is very closely linked to the above point; it literally is harder to lose weight when we’re older. We have the fact that our metabolic rate is a bit slower, but we’ve generally also got a bit less stamina and energy than we did in our 20s. So, we have to work harder to achieve the result we desire.
Stress: By this stage in our lives, many of us have increased responsibility which of course increases our stress levels. Professional accountability, families, mortgages, life changing events and decisions, to name a few. Although an emotional response, stress can have a big impact on us physically.
Pelvic Floor Control: For many women, their pelvic floor weakens post 30 (particularly when starting a family).
Reduced Bone Density: This is a normal process for most of us from around 35 onwards, taking care of our bones is critical in preventing disease in future, such as Osteoporosis.
Dryer Skin: From around 40, many people start to get dryer skin. We start losing collagen from our skin at around 20, and our skin cell regeneration slows, this is much more noticeable in our appearance in our 40s.
Sex Life: In this period of our lives we’re usually very busy, and more stressed, so sex takes a back seat. Vaginal dryness can also become an issue in women due to hormonal changes.
So, what should we be focussing on?
In addition to managing our bodies and health here and now, we should at this point be thinking about our longer-term health. Here are some things we should be considering, putting us in the best possible shape for the years ahead:
Hydration: Ensuring that we drink plenty of water, not just for clear skin and bright eyes, but for our brains, livers, and other vital organs.
Learning to Relax: Whether through hobby, sport, or meditation, teaching ourselves to relax has far reaching health benefits both mentally and physically.
Core Strength Training: We all know that weight and strength training builds muscle mass, and muscle burns more calories than fat. So, introducing strength training into our fitness regime is a good thing for the weight conscious. There are slower paced ways of improving your core strength, such as Yoga. There are many benefits as you get older to having a strong core, such as avoiding backpain, joint pain, and more easily broken bones in later life.
Watching our Alcohol Intake: The results of overindulgence in Alcohol are much easier to mask in your 20s, this (like weight gain) becomes much more difficult the older we get. Hangovers take longer to recover from, our bodies also take longer to repair the effects of alcohol.
Preventative Anti-Aging: The earlier the better, but if you haven’t already built anti-aging care into your routine, you definitely should now. We all have physical signs of aging, but good preventative care can help our future selves, whilst minimising some of those signs our bodies are already starting to show.
Oral Hygiene: As we get older, we become more susceptible to gum disease and decay, ensuring good oral health as early as possible not only gets us into good habits, but can help slow the decay.
Sun Protection: It’s never too late to get better at protecting your skin from the sun. That healthy glow you get in your 20s and 30s can be causing lasting damage to your skin in the future.
What does CBD have to do with your 30s and 40s health regime?
The therapeutic benefits of CBD Oil are far reaching and can benefit us at all stages of life. However, there are specific benefits that can be yielded in our 30s and 40s, such as;
- Anti-Anxiety & Stress: It could help reduce stress. It is widely accepted that serotonin plays an important role in wellbeing and mental health, and is the function of many prescribed anti-anxiety drugs – This is what is leading many people to CBD as a good suitable alternative option, to help with anxiety symptoms.
- Anti-Aging: Studies show that CBD can help reduce lines and wrinkles and slow their progression due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and stress reducing properties.
- Anti-Addiction: CBD and ant-addiction is quickly becoming a widely researched area with many case studies demonstrating that CBD can have a huge positive impact on addiction (in all its various forms, including smoking and alcohol). It has been shown to reduce cravings, whilst actually helping to counteract alcohol induced damage.
- Muscle Recovery: CBD can decrease fatigue associated with muscles and assist in faster recovery. Several studies have shown that CBD can play a role in suppressing cytokines' development, which is an inflammation marker. As inflammation is decreased, the muscles can heal themselves more easily, muscle recovery is improved.
- CBD is a powerful moisturiser: CBD regulates the production of sebum (oil) in our skin, low levels of which are often the cause of dryness (high levels cause acne; more on that later). Many people have reported that using a CBD cream or serum has increased their skin’s hydration and reduced dryness.
- CBD has weight loss potential: A lot of research is currently going into CBD and weight loss, primarily because of how CBD interacts with our Endocannabinoid System.
- Sexual Health: There are increasing studies into CBD’s role in improving our sexual health.
- Homeostasis: Many of the functions of our body in this age range are starting to deteriorate, they are also critical for our future health – Achieving homeostasis within our bodies can only put us in better standing for the future.