By: Dr. Keith Kantor
Consume cruciferous vegetables. After we turn 40 it is known for unhealthy fluctuations in hormones including estrogen and testosterone. We live in an environment of toxins that mimic estrogen in the body resulting in unwanted weight gain, accelerated aging and a decrease in testosterone and libido. Consuming cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and kale have been shown to naturally detoxify the body of excess estrogen, which also helps prevent or manage cancer.
Consume non- dairy calcium rich foods including white beans, salmon, sardines, dried figs, bok choy, kale, black eyed peas, almonds, oranges, or turnip greens. Calcium and vitamin D promote healthy bones and should be consumed to maintain and boost strong bones. Most people think of milk only as the option and with the rise of dairy intolerance this is not a great option for everyone. Consuming 2 or more servings of the items listed above will promote healthy bones to an aging person.
Consume coconut oil, berries and leafy greens. Coconut oil research has proven that it can help prevent and manage dementia, early onset of dementia symptoms have been shown to start in our 40’s. All healthy fats like avocados, nuts, seeds, help nourish the brain, which is comprised of fat. Berries and leafy greens are rich in anti oxidants, which boost the immune system reducing risk for chronic diseases that can arise past 40. It is important to realize that after we turn 40 our body is more sensitive and our metabolism is typically less forgiving, we should also avoid general unhealthy foods and beverages like processed snacks, fried foods, sodas, excessive alcohol, and processed sugar.