How to Rev Up Your Organism After You Turn 40

“Your metabolism may start to decline when you hit 40,” says certified nutritionist, New York Times best-selling author of Radical Beauty, and Well+Good Council member Kimberly Snyder. If you’ve already celebrated the milestone birthday, you might know this Debbie-Downer news all too well: Nights spent with Ben and Jerry without giving the next-day consequences a second thought are long gone. The good news is that there are a few easy things you can do to increase your metabolism.

But first, what exactly is metabolism and how does it affect your body after turning 40? “Metabolism [describes] the millions of chemical processes that keep your body thriving and effective,” Snyder explains. But when it’s used conversationally, the word is typically used to mean how your body turns food into energy.

“As you age, your metabolism tends to decelerate by about five percent every decade after 40,” Snyder says. “Estrogen levels decrease causing insulin [the hormone that regulates blood sugar] levels to increase and thyroid [your body’s main metabolic rate regulator] levels to decrease.”

Taken together, these changes mean you’re going to be hungrier, potentially leading you to consume more calories. As if that wasn’t enough, according to Snyder, research also shows that women lose muscle mass quicker than men, which also affects weight loss.

Don’t freak out though. All you need to do to reboot your metabolism, Snyder says, is improve your digestive system and mix in a little exercise.

Facebook
Twitter
WhatsApp
Pinterest
Reddit
Delicious
LinkedIn
Facebook
Twitter
WhatsApp

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

READ NEXT

Instant Noodles: What’s Bad About Them?

A majority of the population of the world considers instant noodles a staple food, like the well-loved rice in Asian countries. For many people out there, preparing these takes less

10 Secrets Massage Therapists Know About YOU

Massage therapy is a treatment approach which is growing in demand and popularity. In just one hourlong session, massage therapists can decode everything from whether you need a new pillow

The Most Common Causes of High Cholesterol

If you have high cholesterol, you’re not alone—so do about 100 million other Americans. High cholesterol increases your risk of heart disease and heart attacks and it comes from a

7 Shocking Things That Raise Your Cancer Risk

The most common risk factors for cancer include aging, being overweight, smoking, alcohol, some viruses and bacteria, sun exposure, radiation exposure, certain hormones, family history of cancer, bad diet, or

10 Worst Foods for Your Heart You Should Avoid

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease accounts for one in three deaths in the U.S.—claiming nearly one life every 40 seconds in 2017. What’s even more appalling is

10 Best Foods for People With MS

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a long-lasting disease that can affect your brain, spinal cord, and the optic nerves in your eyes. It can cause problems with vision, balance, muscle

5 Ways Smoking Can Impact Your Skin

Smoking causes harm to your heart and your lungs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smokers are more likely than non-smokers to develop heart disease, stroke, and

8 Ways Citrus Fruits Can Improve Your Health

You’ve heard the expression that an apple a day keeps the doctor away…but what about an orange? Citrus fruits—including lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit, pomelos, tangerines, and kumquats—are excellent sources of

6 Silent Signs of Gastritis

Gastritis is the inflammation of your stomach lining. Gastroenterologist Taruna Bhatia, MD, medical director of hepatology at CarePoint Health System, explains that if your stomach is burning or aching, you

12 Tips to Get Your Blood Circulation Pumping

It’s hard to believe, but your body holds about 60,000 miles of blood vessels. Along with your heart and other muscles, they make up your circulatory system. This network of

RELATED POSTS

Scroll to Top