Best Foods for Women Over 40

A woman's 40s can be an unexpectedly turbulent time. You may notice the pounds creeping up as your metabolism begins to slow and a few more aches or pains here and there. And, unfortunately, this is also the time in life when women may experience their first brush with chronic illness—and realize just how important their health will be moving forward. And that means women over 40 need to be even more mindful of what foods they're eating, too.
But your 40s aren't all doom and gloom—they just require a little adjustment. By taking charge of your diet and staying active, your 40s can be one of the best decades there is—a time to celebrate the strides you've already made in your career, family life, friend circle, and whatever else you've been building in your 20s and 30s. This is a great time to practice a little extra self-care, too, beginning with how you nourish your body.
That's why we talked to seven different doctors—including women's health experts, dermatologists, OB/GYNs, urologists, and general practitioners—to bring you the top 40 foods every woman over 40 should be eating, in order to feel and look your absolute best. List of 40 Best Foods are below:

  1. Oily Fish
  2. Quinoa
  3. Grapefruit
  4. Peanut Butter
  5. Water
  6. Lemon Juice
  7. Broccoli
  8. Dark Leafy Greens
  9. Sweet Potatoes
  10. Flax Seeds
  11. Green Tea
  12. Asparagus
  13. Avocados
  14. Lentils
  15. Red Wine
  16. Apples
  17. Brazil Nuts
  18. Oatmeal
  19. Olive Oil
  20. Eggs
  21. Garlic
  22. Skinless Chicken
  23. Green Beans
  24. Chia Seeds
  25. Turkey
  26. Unprocessed Soy
  27. Cottage Cheese
  28. Berry Smoothies
  29. Whole Grain Pastas and Cereals
  30. Organic Meat
  31. Sauerkraut
  32. Greek Yogurt
  33. Dark Chocolate
  34. Peas
  35. Carrots
  36. Bok Choy
  37. Wheatgrass
  38. Heirloom Tomatoes
  39. Walnuts
  40. Papayas

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