Welcome to your 30s, where interesting changes are happening to your body.
1. Hormonal changes
Both men and women produce fewer hormones once they hit 30. Estrogen – the hormone that controls a woman’s monthly cycle – begins to drop around the milestone and then takes another nosedive at 35. This can cause weight gain and lower libido than you’re used to. You may even enter early perimenopause, which can result in mood swings and anxiety.
2. Depression or a Serious Mental Disorder
Your 30s are a time when reality can truly bite: Your youth is officially over, and responsibilities mount, between work, child rearing, older parents, and financial concerns. It’s also a time when relationships can falter. Depression and substance abuse issues such alcoholism or drug abuse (brought on by depression) may accelerate, and certain latent mental disorders such as panic attacks, schizophrenia, or bi–polar disorder can come to the forefront during this time. Finding the right doctor and getting the best treatment protocol is essential should you experience any of these conditions.
3. Bone loss
This is a change you can’t really see – but it’s there. Bone loss begins in your 30s and by the time you’re 35 your body is breaking down bone faster than it can be replaced. You’ll also see a reduction in muscle tone, which can have a negative effect on your strength and balance.
Remedy: Take lots of calcium.
4. Slower metabolism
If you’re seeing weight gain in your 30s, this may well be why. As you get older, your metabolism starts slowing down – meaning you don’t require as much energy to fuel yourself, despite still having a 25-year-old’s appetite. And when your muscles can’t metabolise energy efficiently, you’re more likely to put on weight. For men, this happens more gradually. However, pregnancy and menopause in women can slow things down a lot more dramatically.
Remedy: As well as exercise, the best things to do to speed up your metabolism is get plenty of sleep and eat plenty of metabolism-boosting foods. These include spices, hot peppers, whole grains, broccoli, soups, citrus fruits, and green tea.