Over 40? Here Are The Secrets To Looking And Feeling Your Best

Have you hit the dreaded Four-Oh? Don’t fret! Check out these amazing longevity secrets that can optimize your appearance and your health after 40.

End your showers with cold water

End your showers with cold water

Call this tip a mini-miracle. Ending your showers with cold water will give you energy, shiny hair, will burn more fat, heal sore muscles faster, and lower blood pressure. Finally, for the brave, if you jump in cold water without warming up first it can promote emotional stability, and tolerance to stress and disease.

The sun is your frenemy

The sun is your frenemy

The sun will always be your friend, by providing you with vitamin D. It can also regulate your melatonin and serotonin levels, which regulate your sleep and moods. However, over-exposure won’t help you more. In fact, sunbathing for hours on end will cause rapid skin aging, sunburn, and skin cancer.

Meditate for health

Meditate for health

Meditation can improve your immune system, and it can bring calmness and wisdom to your day. It reduces bacteria activity in your body and it is even said to relieve asthma. On the naughty side, it can help you develop sensual energy and desire.

Massage relieves pressure

Massage relieves pressure

Some studies have found that getting a massage (or self-massaging) is fantastic for pain, it helps decreases stress and can ease lower back pain. It can also promote relaxation and can lower blood pressure. For those who suffer from migraines and headaches, massage can decrease the frequency and help with neck pain.

Ginseng for mental improvement

Ginseng for mental improvement

The ginseng root can help with memory and can improve thinking abilities, even after 40. It acts as an anti-inflammatory and has anti-cancer properties, too. Surprisingly, men take ginseng to help with erectile dysfunction.

Juicing for nutrients

Juicing for nutrients

Both fresh and cold-press juicing offer a full spectrum of vitamins that can enhance your health. The body absorbs the juice faster, which make it more efficient at boosting the immune system with nutrients. Juicing is the best way to get nutrients from veggies or a fruit-rich fiber matrix.

Dancing

Dancing

This physical activity can be done by anybody, so start moving those hips and see the benefits you get from shaking it a bit. Aside from enjoying some music, dancing can improve your memory and motor fitness. Staying active can be fun and while dancing you improve your heart, your lungs, and your muscular endurance.

Laughing

Laughing

Laughter is said to be the key to happiness. So get ready to fill your Netflix queue with your favorite comedians and funny movies, because it will boost your immunity and lower stress hormones. Laughter releases feel-good endorphins that promote well being and, temporarily, pain relief.

Oatmeal and Honey Facial Mask

Oatmeal and Honey Facial Mask

A simple mix of oatmeal flakes and honey can exfoliate, clean and soothe your face and neck. Oatmeal is a great substitute for soap, and rubbing it into the skin can open clogged pores and act as an absorbent of dirt. While the oatmeal removes dead skin cells, the honey moisturizes, heals and rejuvenates.

Beet, Carrot and Orange Juice

Beet, Carrot and Orange Juice

This triple combination is great because of its many benefits: lowering your blood pressure, increasing levels of B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron. Some people drink it 30 minutes before sunbathing to achieve a better tan, and to improve collagen production and healing.

Olive Oil

Olive Oil

Luckily, olive oil can be found in almost every household’s pantry, but you might not know that is one of the top tools for rejuvenation. It can regulate insulin levels, thus lowering your risk of both type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Olive oil contains important vitamins and nutrients, and is full of antioxidants.

Crossword Puzzles

Crossword Puzzles

This good old-fashioned form of entertainment can bring many benefits to your brain’s activity and memory retrieval after 40. Spending just few minutes of your day working on this hobby can not only improve your memory functions, it can also improve your speed of thinking and talking.

Sleep More, Stay Young

Sleep More, Stay Young

For body recovery and cell regeneration, sleep is the best technique. Some research has proven that human growth hormone (HGH) is released by the pituitary gland, mostly during adolescence. Sleeping more activates the release of HGH, helping in the recovery of muscles, reducing saggy fat and tightening skin.

Stretching

Improving flexibility by stretching helps performance in physical activities and it helps you avoid injuries giving your joints a fuller, easier range of motion. It also makes your muscles more efficient by increasing blood flow to them. Some good stretches to fit into your routine are leg swings, arm circles, and cradle walks.

Stretching

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

Aside from helping with weight loss, apple cider vinegar helps regulate your blood sugar. It contains acetic acids, which when ingested, leave an alkaline ash in the body. Most skin care products are alkaline on the pH scale for moisture. It also helps with allergies, heartburn and treating high cholesterol.

Serenity

Serenity

Some experts recommend looking inward if you tend to lose your temper frequently. If you have anger bursts or feel irritated often, find time to look into those feelings. If you try and find some serenity in your life, you will see that your anger isn’t part of who you have to be.

Eat with Friends

Eat with Friends

Nowadays we often have special diets or schedules that prevent enjoying sit-down meals with family and friends. Social gatherings like a family meal can alleviate depression and increase happiness. Enjoying a gathering around the table helps make social connections, which are important in maintaining a sense of belonging.

Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle

Experts suggest that this herb can help support healthy liver, kidney and the gall bladder. Additional benefits include reducing cellular inflammation, improving your glycemic profile, and studies have found that it may be beneficial for both multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

Veggies, Please!

Studies have shown that a rapid increase of bioavailable nutrients from vegetables provide benefits for health, beauty, and skin. Veggies and fruits can slow down cellular aging and help prevent diseases or stress. They naturally provide the body with B vitamins, omega-3 fats, magnesium, potassium.

Veggies, Please!

Water

Water

Some people believe that it’s not what you eat, but what you drink that mattrs . There are hundreds of books and studies about the miracle of water. Our bodies are made of water: muscles are 75% water, lungs are 90% water, blood is 82% water, the brain is 76%, and bones are 25%. So drink up.

Cucumber

Cucumber

Cucumbers can help in many ways, they help soothes sunburn and banish cellulite, for starters. They’ve been used in facials since they were discovered to help fade dark circles and freckles, reduce puffy eyes and rejuvenate the complexion by tightening open pores — preventing dirt agent from becoming blackheads.

Get down and dirty

Get down and dirty

According the some studies, getting busy can lower your blood pressure, improve immunity, help sleep and relieve stress. Other great benefits are that it can reduce the risk of prostate cancer and can keep the heart in good performance.

Long Walks

Long Walks

Study shows walking an hour a day can keep you in total shape. It reduces the risk of coronary heart disease, maintains a healthy body weight, lowers the risk of obesity and reduces the risk of breast and colon cancer. Another set of benefits is for those who suffer from high blood pressure.

Red Wine

Red Wine

The red tannins that make up the color red in red wine contain procyanidins, which protect against heart disease. Red wine is an enemy of cancer cells, it’s a powerful antioxidant, and according to long studies about wine, it can lower your mortality rate by 34 percent. Cheers to that!

Eat Healthy Fats

Eat Healthy Fats

Healthy bodies need healthy fats, and your skin needs essential fatty acids to look younger. These fats are the building blocks of healthy cell membranes that produce skin hydration. Essential fatty acids like omega-3s and omega-6s can be found in salmon, flax, cooking oils, poultry, eggs and walnuts.

Ginger

Ginger

One reason this root is popular is for its exceptional antioxidant content. The nutrients found in all plants are antioxidants. Our bodies produce antioxidants to protect cells against the oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Ginger also helps with upset stomach, colds, cancer and more.

Silver Needle Tea

Silver Needle Tea

This white tea is said to be rich in antioxidants, and is a great source for a boost in your immune system. It contains catechins and flavonoids, which can help prevent many diseases. This tea lowers bad cholesterol, helps with digestion, promotes body fat loss, boosts energy like caffeine does, and kills gum bacteria.

Portion Control

Portion Control

As you age, your metabolism begins to drop by 5 to 10 percent a year. That means that smaller portions will be processed more efficiently during digestion. Eating smaller portions helps keep your blood sugar regulated and stable. It’s a great way to keep a healthy weight.

Exfoliating

Exfoliating

In addition to helping to reduce the occurrence of acne and blackheads breakouts, exfoliating can improve your skin texture by removing dead and tired skin cells and can turn the skin into a vibrant and smooth complex. It can also reduce large pores while creating better absorption of healthy moisturizers.

Turmeric

Turmeric

Known as one of the most powerful herbs on the planet for fighting and reversing disease, turmeric works better than some doctor-prescribed medicines. Turmeric’s effects have been compared to those of Prozac, Aspirin, Metformin for diabetes, and Lipitor for cholesterol. Also it’s a good anti-inflammatory, so helps with arthritis.

Set & maintain a fitness goal

Set & maintain a fitness goal

Most healthy people over 40 prefer a well-rounded routine that combines weight training, cardio and nutrition. Staying in shape is beneficial for anyone, especially those over 40, because it helps release tension and strengthen the core, while enhancing and bringing ease to your health and overall life.

Gelatin

Gelatin

This amazing food has skin-healing properties because it’s a good source of collagen, which is key for the body’s tone and elasticity. A diet with collagen is an anti-aging diet, so say”goodbye” to wrinkles, stretch marks, and cellulite, and get ready to lose some weight. In addition, gelatin can help with arthritis.

Cleansing brush

Cleansing brush

It’s not news that the pores trap dirt particles that can really make your skin look bad. Help fight those dark blemishes and clogged pores by using a routine that includes a cleansing brush, especially after a day when you have spent time in a different environment.

Lipids

Lipids are the fats in your body. From producing hormones to providing energy, these fatty lipids help produce and store energy, provide protective insulation, and produce cell wall structure. Eat foods containing lipids to keep your energy levels up!

Lipids

Retinol

Retinol

Believe in the power of vitamin A! Find a good brand of Retinol, and it will improve your bone strength, immune system, repel bacteria and play an important role in keeping healthy vision.

Makeup

Makeup

For any occasion, makeup can be a cheery part of your day! If you acquire a natural makeup brand you can consider that a natural sun protector. Having some makeup enhances skin cleanliness because it keeps dirt from your pores and might help you stop touching your face.

Coconut Oil

Used for thousands of years, coconut oil is a superfood for fighting illnesses, helping strengthen the heart, and preventing disease. Some other benefits include boosting your immunity, lowering cholesterol, and improving hair shine and health.

Coconut Oil

Granola

Granola

This superfood has been popular for a while, for breakfast and for snacks. Eating granola in moderation lowers your cholesterol, prevents anemia, and improves skin health. The list of benefits can be attributed to the vitamin and mineral content. Some of these vitamins include iron, calcium and potassium.

Avocado

Avocado

Scientific research has proven the many health benefits of avocados. This hearty food is full of healthy fatty acids, which are a great way to keep young and healthy skin. It contains potassium, fiber, and the fat in them can help you absorb nutrients from other plant-based foods.

Take up a hobby

Take up a hobby

A hobby can get your mind out of a moment of stress and allow you to live in the present. In addition from distracting your mind, it teaches you to acquire skills that eventually give you pride and joy.