31. You’re not eating breakfast
The days where you have just a cup of coffee for breakfast are gone by the time you reach 40. Skipping breakfast will negatively impact your health and energy throughout the day, causing blood sugar fluctuations, Akhir says.
Even more, skipping breakfast will make you eat more throughout the day to compensate for the lost calories, and also choose unhealthy food options, Akhir added.
32. You eat a lot of fast food
According to Bess Berger, registered dietitian and founder of ABC Nutrition By Bess in Teaneck, New Jersey, your body will always tell you when the food you eat is not good for you, you just have to listen to it.
And pretending your body is not affected by those unhealthy foods you regularly consume isn’t a smart option at all. No one says you have to let go permanently of eating the foods you like, just try to eat it once or twice a week.
33. You’re eating canned food all the time
By the time you reach 40, eating canned foods all the time might not be such a good idea. Most of the time, canned food is contaminated with BPA, an ingredient present in the aluminium can lings, found to affect the thyroid, explains Leonardo Trasande, MD, a professor at the NYU School of Medicine.
34. You eat a lot of sugar and carbs
I suppose you all know by now that sugar and carbs are not good for you, or at least not recommended in large quantities. However, they are even more dangerous than you might think, explains Varner, a physician specializing in internal medicine.
Besides being the most important factor linked to weight gain, consuming too much sugar and carbs can also lead to type 2 diabetes. Moreover, there are studies suggesting that sugar and carbs are linked to developing Alzheimer’s disease.
35. You’re always eating your kids’ sweets
As you grow older you start to realize that you can’t eat whatever you like anymore, without gaining weight of feeling sick. This is especially harder when you have kids and crave for their tasty snacks that look so delicious.
Even though it’s hard to stay away from these snacks, try to put them in places where you won’t see them all the time. This way, your weight won’t have to suffer and your kids will be happy as well.
36. You’re vaping
While you like to believe that vaping is not as harmful as smoking, that’s not always the case. Both vaping and tobacco products are bad for your health. A 2019 study made by the American
College of Cardiology found that participants who vaped were 56 percent more likely to suffer from a heart attack later in life and 30 percent more likely to have a stroke, compared to non-smokers.
If you didn’t quit smoking already, by the time you reach 40 you should definitely let go of this dangerous habit.
37. You assume vitamins cure it all
After turning 40, you can’t get away with taking a few vitamins here and there, assuming that they substitute the importance of fruits and veggies. The way you consume those vegetables is also very important.
According to a 2006 study published in the journal Clinical Interventions in Aging, supplementing vitamins were linked to greater stroke risk and a higher risk for cardiovascular disease.
38. You’re dehydrated
As Wayne Anthony, a clean water advocate and founder of WaterFilterdata.org says, nearly 75 percent of American adults are dehydrated. Additionally, dehydration often contributes to tiredness, lack of productivity, dizziness, irritability, and elevated heart.
Anthony urges people over 40 to try to limit their alcohol and coffee intake, and start to drink more water.
39. You’re eating too much salt
More than 90 percent of American adults consume larger quantities of salt than it is recommended, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As Garth Graham, MD, a practicing cardiologist in Kansas City, Missouri states, it is recommended somewhere around 2,300 milligrams of salt a day. Make sure to always check the labels when buying food from the grocery store, because some foods will have a very high sodium content.
40. You’re surrounded by toxic people
By surrounding yourself with toxic and unhealthy people, you will be inclined to take their example, sometimes without realizing it. According to Graham, your family members, your friends and even your neighbor can influence your health more than your doctor, considering that you spend less time with your doctor than you spend with them.
If you want to live a healthy life, it’s also important to be surrounded by healthy people. If that’s not possible, you should try to be the one that influences other people to live better and healthier. Be a good example for others.