One of the most common fears that people have is the fear of aging. According to psychologists, it’s okay if you’re afraid of getting older. But, you need to understand that all ages have their advantages and disadvantages. Here is what happens to your body when you turn 40.
Bright Side has decided to consider both the negative and positive aspects of aging. You should remember that not all these changes are going to happen to you. It will depend on your health and lifestyle.
- Our hair becomes less dense.
Most of the time, this happens to men, and they lose their thick hair before they turn 30 and after 40, 53% of men go bald. Women too lose their hair, but slower than men. Even though it’s unpleasant, your body hair stops growing too.
By taking care of your hair, cutting it from time to time, applying masks, and stop using a hairdryer, diversifying your diet and eating more vitamin, you can prevent rapid hair loss. You also can visit trichologist who can find out the cause of your hair loss and help you to cope with your problem.
- It’ll be easier to be a good parent.
People who are 40 years old have more life experience. They know how to deal with difficulties and challenging situations. They also are more secure financially than 20-year-old people. This also means that older parents can give everything to their children.
It also has some disadvantages, older women will have to face more difficult situation when getting pregnant and giving birth to a healthy baby. So, it’s better to have kids earlier. We all know that modern science have many solutions to issues of the reproductive system of men and women.
- Lactose intolerance may occur
Some people cannot digest dairy products from childhood but some face this issue later on. Lactose intolerance usually affects African American and Asian women over 40. At this age, the level of lactase enzyme that helps digest lactose decreases. As a result, milk can’t be digested and causes large intestine issues.
Drink lactose-free milk and consume probiotics if you experience this issue.
- Our teeth become less sensitive
While you’re young, if you suffer from tooth sensitivity, this issue will vanish in your older age. It happens because of dentin, a calcified tissue that grows as time passes. Because of that the sensitivity reduces.
There’s also a disadvantage of this, there’s a chance that you won’t understand that something’s wrong with your teeth, after these changes age.
- We shrink as we
After 30 years old people start shrinking and when you turn 40, you can literally see these changes. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences says that, men can gradually lose an inch between the ages of 30 and 70, and women can lose about 2 inches.
Eat foods containing calcium and vitamin D and don’t forget to exercise if you want to get shorter.
- Our metabolism decreases
If you eat the same food at 40 which you used to eat at the age of 20, you’ll surely gain weight really past as after 40 our metabolism decreases and we lose muscle faster. According to Dr. Kathryn Boling, the average woman gains around 15 lbs between the ages of 40 and 55.
You should follow a healthy diet and do exercise to avoid this unpleasant issue. There’s no any tips that can help us stay fit, we need to work hard to be in a perfect shape.
- We become more attractive and self-confident
According to psychologists, women are more self-confident after 40 than women at the age of 20 or even 30. Because of this fact they love themselves, never worry about little things, get rid of toxic people, and be really happy and financially independent.
They have the ability to re-evaluate themselves and people around them and make themselves more attractive in others’ eyes.
- Our hearing and vision may get worse
People start experiencing far-sightedness or other eyesight issues at the age of 40 as a rule, people need more light to read and they notice changes on color perception. Dry eyes are another eyesight problem.
Our hearing worsens changes in the structure of the tympanic membrane and the inner ear.
Visit a doctor immediately to discover problems.
- Our immune system gets stronger
People have already been attacked by lots of various viruses by the age of 40. So, our immune system gets stronger and we get sick less often.
You have to lead a healthy lifestyle and get enough sleep and spend time outdoors and breathe fresh air to improve your immune system.
- Our sense of taste changes
We have around 9,000 taste receptors when we’re born. The amount of these receptors reduces and we start losing some taste sensation, it starts with salty and sweet tastes and then bitter and sour ones when we are at our old age. These changes occur in women earlier than men.
Even though we can’t stop this process you won’t be able to distinguish between different tastes, they’ll just be less bright.
This article will tell you to prepare for the future and not worry about these changes. With the help of experts, you can slow down the process of aging.
If you know any other changes that happen to our bodies after 40, let us know in comments.
sources used : Brightside