Changes are normal when you reach your 30’s. You may look or feel the same compared to a few years ago but there are several things in your body that you need to check regularly to avoid health risks.
“Good health is a luxury people don’t appreciate until it is gone.” -Anonymous
You may notice that you sleep less than 8 hours now, you get stressed easily, and your metabolism has become slower. It is more difficult to lose weight now than before.
Say hello to your 30s!
So what are the things in our overall health that we should look out for when we reach our 30’s?
At this point in your life, you may have planned your future and have started saving for your big plans. You already know what you really want out of life. This includes changing your habits from night outs to hiking trips.
For some women, this is the age to decide whether or not to have a child, whether to stay in their jobs or change their career.
The pressure is there and the schedules are demanding, both for single and married women at their 30’s. This is the time where you would constantly get worried about the future, maybe wondering if you are doing things right.
Learn how to simplify, categorize and prioritize your daily tasks. Make life as easy as it can be and avoid stressful situations.
The best thing to do is to regularly meditate, as this allows your mind to breathe. Travel every once in a while.
Your 30’s is a time where you will gain and lose weight steadily. In some cases, it is easier to gain weight and it’s tougher to lose.
Most women experience bone density loss and thyroid issues at this age. Whether or not you were physically active in your 20’s, exercise is really crucial in your 30’s.
Weight gain could also be an indication of something more serious, like inflammation and insulin resistance, so do not simply assume that it is a natural part of getting older. To be sure, visit your doctor to get a thyroid panel and regular blood chemistry. Also, practice regular exercise and a healthy diet.
At this age, your fibrocystic breast tissue is at its peak which makes you prone to breast cancer. That means this is the time where you should do a lot of self-exams and you have to visit your doctor regularly for a breast check-up. Check for iodine deficiencies, and correct them as this could help you have a healthy breast.
At this age, the early signs of aging start to show up as the collagen build up is slowing down. You may notice changes in your skin, it’s drier than usual and it’s not plump as it used to be, crow’s feet and laugh lines may start to become visible as well.
Consult a professional and stick on a regimen that combats early signs of aging.
If you’re planning to have kids and it’s something that you really want, you should be doing it now.
Giving birth after age 35 poses higher health risks for the child and the mother.
If you’re planning to have a second or third baby, this time, it might not be as easy to conceive as your first child.
If you’re planning to have a baby, get a Pap Smear and avoid alcoholic drinks months before conception to ensure healthy reproduction.
Changes in Sleep Pattern
Hormonal imbalance in your 30’s can cause insomnia and sleep disturbances. Anxiety is another topic, but it also adds to your sleep irregularities.
Make sure that you’re sleeping 7-9 hours every night, naturally. Avoid using your phone or any gadgets a few hours before bed.
If you experience insomnia and you really can’t sleep, you should seek help from a professional immediately because losing sleep will cause your immune system to plummet, which makes you prone to illness after being exposed to a virus, such as a common cold virus plus others.
If you think you are not fulfilling all your nutritional needs by the food that you eat, it is best to take supplements.
Stress absorbs essential nutrients. Add supplements to a low immune system and low bone density to better to protect yourself. Suggested supplements include:
- B-vitamins- To prevent vitamin deficiency due to poor diet
- Vitamin D-For bone density
- Probiotics- For a healthy gut
- Vitamin C-For immune system
You should also consider the fact that women are prone to osteoporosis. In this decade, you should be taking good care of your bone density, too.
They say “take care of your 20’s and you’ll thank yourself in your 30’s. Take care of yourself in your 30’s and you’ll blossom in your 40’s.”
Don’t take this decade for granted for it will be longer to recover in your 40’s if you do.
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