8 things all 40-plus women should do to stay healthy

3. Take calcium and vitamin D

Maintaining strong bones has never been more essential, so give them a boost with calcium and vitamin D which you can get naturally from foods such as milk and salmon. Experts recommend women in their forties have 1000mg of calcium and 800 IU (international units) of vitamin D every day, taking supplements if necessary.

4. Manage your stress

If you are holding down a job as well as looking after a family, stress can trigger unhealthy changes in the body such as increased blood pressure, lower libido and faster cell death by inhibiting the natural heart rate.

All of this can contribute to you ageing faster, so to maintain a healthy heartbeat, breathe in through your nose for four beats and out for eight at least twice a day or anytime you feel under pressure.

This will activate the vagus nerve which runs from the brain to the pelvis, relaxing the heart, muscles, and blood vessels.

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