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Best Foods To Eat When You Reach Your 30’s

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The best foods to eat when you enter your 30’s are likely right in your pantry or your local grocery store. Let us help you live gracefully with our list of best foods to eat that would tremendously benefit your overall health.

According to medical professionals, body function changes when a woman reaches her 30’s.  For example, her skin changes, her metabolism changes, and her energy levels decrease.  These changes also include bone and joint function.

You may require specific foods for your metabolism, joints, hormones, dipping energy levels and to have great skin.

As they say, you are what you eat.

When you’ve reached 30, you really should watch what you eat!

There are so many popular diets available out there but a diet should be a lifestyle, not just something you do to lose weight and to look good.  You should also feel good. And you won’t feel good if you’re deprived.

According to experts, it’s still best to have a balanced diet plus exercise.

Fish for joint function

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Arthritis can become more obvious at age 40, but you may not be aware that the problem really sets in when you are in your 30’s.

Whatever you are doing now, you will likely suffer the repercussions later.

Now is the perfect time to prevent the onset of arthritis by eating more cold-water fish.  Cold-water fish include salmon, trout, halibut, and mackerel. Each has 1,000 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids and DHA that is also good for the brain.

Consuming fish daily reduces cartilage-eating enzymes, as fish oil slows down degeneration and further decreases factors that induce inflammation.

The best amount to consume is 6 ounces daily.

Beans for younger-looking skin

At age 30, laugh lines and other wrinkles usually start to appear.

Legumes and vegetables will help with sun-related skin damage as it is rich in antioxidants, which helps your body get rid of free radicals.

Make hummus your go-to dip.  Keep lentils and canned beans in your pantry for a quick fix. You can eat them together with other antioxidant-rich food such as asparagus, spinach, and broccoli.

Nuts for added energy

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You’re probably at your busiest when you were in your 20’s.  Chances are, going out every night now won’t be as appealing to you as it was before; you’d rather stay in and chill on weekends because when Monday comes, you’ll be back on the grind.

Include nuts in your snack choices as they are rich in vitamin E.  Nuts boosts the immune system, which is important when you’re busy running around.

Nuts also have lots of B vitamins, which can jumpstart your body to get it ready for complications and stress, such as high blood pressure.

Nuts also have arginine which keeps your blood pumping; it improves the total blood flow.

Eat a handful per day and you’re good.

A word about fatigue:
If you’re experiencing unusual fatigue, it may be your monthly flow. It is typical for a woman in her 30’s to lose iron during every menstrual period.

The most common type of anemia is due to iron deficiency.  Especially after a woman gives birth, we need to add lost iron back to our diets.

Consume iron-rich foods such as beans, peas, green vegetables, red meat, and poultry.

Protein for a faster metabolism

Does this sound familiar?

You’ve suddenly become a Large from a Medium, despite eating the same food, in the same amount for the past 30 years of your existence. But what’s happening? Why the sudden weight gain?

Generally, the body’s metabolism slows when you reach your 30’s.  It can become more difficult to stay slim and keep off extra weight.

So, what’s the fix? High protein and less sugar will help.

Increase your protein consumption to increase metabolic rate and calorie-burning potential. Avoid junk food and go for whole foods instead.

Cheese has 11 grams of protein per serving and it has no sugar. The best cheeses to eat that are high in protein such as provolone, swiss and cheddar.

So, if you have cravings for junk food, opt for hard cheeses instead.  Or try a stick of beef jerky or low-fat plain Greek yogurt, as these are also rich in protein.

K for kale

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Kale and other dark leafy greens provide a huge amount of Vitamin K in the body. Vitamin K protects our bones and helps prevent inflammatory diseases.

Kale is a superfood.  It is very rich in antioxidants and experts consider it to be one of the best cancer-preventing foods.

Adaptogens for better hormone functioning

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Adaptogens like turmeric, ginseng, maca powder, and Ashwagandha aims to lower the stress hormone, cortisol.

Some women in their 30’s experience hormonal acne, weight gain, skin changes, and more. And that is because of hormonal imbalances.

You should also check your thyroid for dysfunction, a medical condition that becomes more common for women in their 30’s.

Vitamin D for better bone health

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Women are prone to osteoporosis.  If we do not take care of our bone health in our 30’s, we could have bone issues when we’re older.

Your estrogen level drops over time and it affects your bone density. Also, when women are pregnant, they can lose 50% of their calcium.

What’s the fix? Increase calcium and Vitamin D intake. Great calcium sources are milk, chia seeds, broccoli, and more.

There are many Chia seed pudding recipes available online.  You can easily add more antioxidant-rich foods to boost the effect!

We cannot stop aging, but we can control its effects on our body.

Do not be afraid of aging.  Aging means we have learned.  It means we are wise. We’ve been through a lot and we’re still rocking it. Hormones and all, you are beautiful.

“And the beauty of a woman, with passing years only grows!”-Audrey Hepburn

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