If you are lucky, you will get older – it is certainly better than the alternative! As you age, you will notice changes in your body. There are ways to help your body as you get older and lessen the effects aging has on your body, but there are no magical serums or elixirs to stay youthful. Here are 5 of the most noticeable changes that will happen to your body as the years go by.
- Shrinking Violets
You will notice that you are not as buff as you once were, this is not your imagination. Muscle mass in men and women begins to decline from around your 40s. By the time you reach your mid 70’s, your bodily fat content, on average, is twice that of what it was in your youth. So, you may as well enjoy life and eat that cookie – just not all of them.
- More Head Space
What kind of fish performs brain surgery? A neurosturgeon, of course! You might not remember that joke as you age – and that is perfectly natural. As you age, your brain gets smaller. Certain parts of your brain begin to shrink with age, namely the areas responsible for learning, memory, and other complex mental activities. If you keep a mentally active lifestyle, like doing crosswords and other thinking exercises, you can delay this naturally occurring change by quite a few years.
- Biting Off More Than You Can Chew
Your teeth become less sensitive as you age, and not because they fall out! As you get older, the dentin (the harder inside tissue) builds up between the outer tooth and its central nerve. This results in teeth that don’t hurt quite as much when exposed to hot and cold drinks. The down side for your teeth as you age, is your gums start to recede which exposes the roots in a new way. Find a great Burlington dentist and your teeth will have all the help they need, regardless of whether they are yours or not!
- Taste Diminishes
You have less taste when you’re older. I don’t mean you will suddenly start wearing bedazzled denim jackets (although I cannot rule that out) – I mean you taste less when you eat because you have less than half of the taste buds that you had when you were younger. By the age of 60 you might find yourself wanting to compensate for this by eating salty or sugary foods, instead of doing that try following a more holistic diet and lifestyle choice.
- You Get Happier
As crazy as this sounds after reading the first 4 on this list, studies all indicate that you get happier as you age. Perhaps it is because you can only truly appreciate life when you slow down. Aging forces us to slow down and take stock of what truly matters to us at the end of the day. Life is not about what you get out of it, it is about what you put into it.