Body Shifts That Happen in Your 30s & What To Do About Them
If you are turning 30 soon, please don’t panic! As panicking and stressing about getting older won’t make you any younger, it’ll only make your aging process worse (no one wants that). We get it, you want more of 20s fun and you are not alone, but the age of 30 got its own blessings too. 30 is the age of change, you’ll notice a lot of changes in your personality, and in your body as well. We tend to care less what people think, settle into our skin, get less confused and know ourselves better. At the same time, our bodies shift into some major changes that will make this decade a marked one.
It’s important to mention that everything you do in your 30’s to maintain your health can make a huge difference in your overall wellness as you age. But to know exactly what to do, you need to know how your body is adapting and go with what’s happening while staying gentle on yourself. Love yourself, stop fighting and start embracing.
1 || Skin
In your 30s, collagen production slows down majorly. That’s why you may start noticing fine lines and unwanted wrinkles here and there. While you can’t do anything to stop this natural process, you can help build up some collagen synthesis with a healthy diet. Reduce your sugar and alcohol consumption, quit smoking, and up your vitamin C game. Vitamin C is one of the most important building blocks of collagen. So a diet that is rich in this vitamin can up your collagen levels a bit.
Other solutions that may come in handy in slowing down signs of aging by stimulating collagen production are small micro-injuries. Think micro-needling, derma rolling, and skin stamping. When you expose your skin to these micro-needles you stimulate it to heal, pumping out collagen.
2 || Hormones
Hormones shifts vary from one woman to another. Some women may experience a drop in estrogen in their 30’s which can affect their sex drive, cause breakouts, bone density loss, and weight gain. Others may experience a drop in human growth hormone (HGH) and testosterone which can slow metabolism, lead to weight gain, reduce muscle mass. Alongside other symptoms like thick chin hairs, brittle nails, slow-growing hair, and breakouts. To embrace all these changes, first, you need to test your hormones and choose the right diet and supplements based on your needs. Also, try to keep active and exercise regularly.
What might be a piece of good news is that some of these hormones shifts coupled with your state of stronger self-acceptance may make your sex drive reach its peak in your 30s and even 40s. This might because once we hit our thirties we become more aware of what we want sexually. Whatever the reason, this is a fun fact to know.
3 || Metabolism
Metabolism rates also start to slow down at the age of 30. How and why does it happen? Everything is tied to hormones. With the drop in your key hormones such as estrogen and testosterone, you lose your muscle and bone density. This means an increase in your body fat and this ratio to total body mass causes a dip in basal metabolic rate.
The best way to support an aging metabolism is to start incorporating more resistance and weight training to combat the loss of muscle and bone. Consult your nutritionist on the best foods for you and you may want to ask your doctor about hormone replacement therapy.
4 || Mood
Once you hit your 30’s, you may start asking yourself many questions about your choices, relationships, and career. This can put a lot of pressure on you which can up your stress and anxiety levels. That’s why they say that a mid-life crisis can happen a little bit earlier. But believe it or not, all these feelings start from our thoughts, so to change how you feel about yourself and your age you need to change your thoughts. That said, make sure to start adapting mindfulness into your daily routines to train your brain preventing crises from starting in the first place. 30, 40, or 50 are only numbers, it is a mindset.