Over 40? Here are 40 Ways Your Body is No Longer its 20-Year-Old Self

Health

By Alva Yaffe

When you’re in your 20s or 30s, the thought of turning 40 can be a bit scary. And then actually entering your 40s might be a rather nail-biting experience. But while many people look down upon, and even fear aging, many past the age of 40 and well into their golden years actually consider it to be the best time of their lives. In the latter half of life, many individuals find themselves well into their careers, more financially stable, married with children, and finally more confident than they were in their 20s or 30s. But that’s if we’re talking about mental and emotional health.

There is, however, the unfortunate side to getting older which is the physical decline that our bodies inevitably go through. Our bodies go through many changes as we age, but the main pitfall centers on the fact that we just aren’t the resilient, high-metabolism machines that we were in our 20s.

Here are 40 ways in which your body changes after the age of 40. You might have already noticed these happening to you. And now you’ll know why!

Your Liver Loses Toughness

Have you had a hangover recently despite only having a couple of drinks? That’s because once you enter your 40s, fewer drinks get you drunk and your hangovers get noticeably worse. I know, it sucks. So when it comes to enjoying some drinks on a well-deserved night out, don’t expect to keep up with your previous younger self.

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Why does this happen, you ask? Well, it’s because of your liver’s increasingly weakened ability to metabolize alcohol and the fact that you have less water in your body. So drink more water! If you’re over 40, you probably shouldn’t be having more than one drink a day. Sorry, folks.

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