Today, when a woman turns 40, she crosses over into a whole new consumer marketplace, becoming the target of multibillion-dollar industry. Every time she watches TV, flips through a magazine or surfs the web, she’s accosted by ads promoting the latest anti-aging creams, cures for instant weight loss, libido-boosting supplements to revive your sex life, etc. How can a woman over 40 figure out what she really needs?
To help tackle this dilemma, Dr. Oz has gathered expert information on the 7 essentials women over 40 need the most.
In the Bedroom: Lack of Sleep and Lower Sex Drive
Difficulty sleeping can be impacted by stress or other life challenges. However, when a woman hits 40, hormonal changes linked to perimenopause can also interfere with getting a good night’s rest. To compound this, being tired makes you less likely to want to have sex.
A Healthy Bedroom Environment/Relaxing Bedtime Rituals
First, if you’re having trouble sleeping, take a look at your bedroom environment. To induce sleep, make sure the room is dark, quiet and kept at an average temperature; make sure your bed and pillows are comfortable; create relaxing bedtime rituals such as taking a warm bath or shower.
Essential 1#: Valerian Root: If you’re still having trouble sleeping, consider valerian root. Used for centuries around the world, valerian root is a natural herb that can promote relaxation and sleep, a safer alternative to habit-forming prescription sleep aids. Try drinking valerian root tea a couple of hours before bedtime. As with all supplements, talk to your doctor first before taking valerian.
Revamping Your Sex Life
Do not have a TV in your bedroom; it can really put a damper on your sex life. Also rule out any medical causes that could be hindering your sex life. For instance, if you or your partner suffers from erectile dysfunction or depression, seek medical attention.
Essential #2. DHEA: A precursor to the hormones estrogen and testosterone, DHEA, when taken in small daily doses (no more than 25 mg orally), can stabilize hormone levels, in turn increasing libido and promoting orgasm. New research also shows that DHEA, when administered vaginally in even lower doses, may improve other areas of sexual function. Do not take DHEA before talking with your doctor, who would need to check your blood levels first.
In the Bathroom: Anti-Aging Products
The myriad of anti-aging products on the market can be dizzying. When it comes to looking younger, many women don’t know what to choose and often choose the wrong things. Here’s the main point: looking good doesn’t start with what you put on your face, but starts inside, which means taking care of yourself by eating right and exercising. Also, you must hydrate your body inside and out by drinking a gallon of water every single day.
Essentials for a Makeup “ Facelift”
Essential #3: Moisturizers for the Inside and Out
Fish Oil: Besides drinking lots of water to help plump up skin, take fish oil, which is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, to also moisturize from the inside out. Click here for more on this amazing natural wonder drug.
Moisturizer With Oil: Choose a topical moisturizer that contains a high-quality natural oil, such as olive oil. Rich in vitamin E, olive oil is not only great for your face but also for your nails.
Essential #4: Concealer
Dark under eye circles can add 10-plus years to your face. But you can correct and conceal them with yellow and pink. First, start your makeup routine by putting moisturizer on top of your foundation. This creates a yellow tone that evens out skin. To brighten up under the eyes, apply a concealer. Its pink tone will take away that tired look. The trick is to dab it on the corner, where a little recession occurs with aging. Then apply a bit of yellow-toned powder, which locks makeup in place.
Essential #5: Cream Blush
The cheeks are one the place on your face where wrinkles do not set. So by highlighting them with blush, you’ll get an instant lift. A cream blush is better than powder after age 40 since changing hormone levels make skin dryer.
In the Kitchen: Nutrition Over 40
Once you turn 40, you need to take new look at your diet to make sure you’re getting the right nutrition. At this age, women can suffer from fatigue, and also gain weight more easily, which is partly due to decreasing muscle mass, which causes you to burn fewer calories.
Essential #6: Iron
All women, especially those over 40, need adequate amounts of this essential nutrient. Iron enriches your blood and fights fatigue. Spinach and leafy greens are classic iron choices, but you can also get your daily dose with healthy snacking. Dried fruits such as apricots, figs and raisins are hidden gems of iron. Try tossing them into recipes for salads, rice dishes and more. Also, be sure to buy dried fruits that don’t contain added sugar.
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Essential #7: Lean Protein
Lean protein helps build muscle mass and also helps you stay full longer. Most people think chicken when it comes to lean protein. For a change, try a tasty plant-based source such as freekeh, seitan or quinoa.
Click here for a recipe for quinoa salad with grilled mixed veggies and feta cheese.