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7 Weird Ways You Start Ageing After Turning 30

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Needless to say, in my 30s my body isn’t the glorious calorie-demolishing machine it once was​

Weird elbows? Clubbing injuries? Developing a sensitivity to beer? Check, check and check. Your body sure has some strange surprises in store for you–and you’ll never see them coming.

In leaving my 20s behind I realized just how much I was taking them for granted.

1. My drink limit is way lower.

In my 20s, I thought nothing of guzzling keg beer from my local dive bar. I can’t remember how many nights I’d put back six more drinks, thrash my heart out on the dance floor, crash at around 4 a.m. and then somehow get up for work, looking dewy and sparkly-eyed after literally an hour’s sleep. And what’s with how much more easily I get tipsy these days?

Sadly, the being-able-to-drink-your-face-off with no immediate health consequences superpower you have in your 20s does not last! Not only do I need way more recovery time after a night out in my 30s, I also can’t drink the same garbage I used to. It’s a modest glass of white wine and a splash of soda water for this lady now.

2. I can’t eat a whole box of Oreos dipped in frosting in one sitting.

I used to be the queen of snacking. I’d eat cookie dough from the tube. And I had a thing for dipping Oreos in Betty Crocker’s rainbow chip frosting. It was pure heaven. Seriously, savor it while you can because those days don’t last forever.

Now, I log every piece of rye bread with almond butter that I have into my Weight Watchers app, because when I deviate too far from my measly daily “points” allowance of 27 (to put things in harsh perspective, a Dairy Queen Blizzard with Oreo cookies is 29 points, whereas a banana is zero points, so you can guess what I’m eating) I always gain weight.

Needless to say, in my 30s my body isn’t the glorious calorie-demolishing machine it once was, and if I had a time machine I’d go back ten years and eat fries and gravy for days.

3. I don’t recognize my own elbows.

My elbows have become strange alien-like creatures. What was once skin has been replaced by strange wrinkly, leathery formations masquerading as elbows. I’d never really given my elbows any thought-I always took them for granted. But I caught a glimpse of my suddenly super wrinkly ET elbows in a store window the other day and almost dropped my iced coffee in shock.

For a while I lathered them in lotions and potions every night and prayed they’d return to their former glory. But, since they showed no plans of reverting to my old elbows, I’ve managed to make peace with them. With age, skin gets dehydrated, and that’s not always something you can stop with a few extra glasses of water.

4. My eyesight is not what it used to be.

I was in denial that my eyesight was getting worse for a dangerously long time. But when I was asked to be a field producer at a TV show, dusted off my license and hit the road with our talent and camera man, I had a harsh dose of reality. “That was a stop sign!” shouted one of the guys. I was so busy trying to read the road signs and figure out my turn that I hadn’t seen it-everything was blurry.

Needless to say, I’ve invested in prescription contacts. Getting contacts was game changing. Suddenly, I was actually able to recognize people who waved at me on the other side of the street, and I realized my house was covered in a layer of dust I’d never visually registered before. I was seeing the world in high definition for the first time in years. Thank you, 30.

5. My natural hair color sucks now.

I was always a bit vain when it came to my hair. A proud dye virgin, I’d smugly compare my locks to swatches of hair in the waiting room at the hairdresser, telling myself it was superior to faux shades like “Butterscotch Blonde” and “Golden Wheat.” Then something happened that I’d never mentally prepared for: When I turned 30, my hair started to lose its luster and lightness and could be described as nothing other than “dishwater brown.”

Finally, I swallowed my pride and spent $200 bucks getting it highlighted.

6. My quirky habits–like tooth grinding–finally caught up to me.

I’d get so annoyed by my dentist when he told me to get a bite guard. “Oh that’s not for me! I don’t need that,” I’d say. Exasperated, he’d finally warned me, “Do you want to have teeth like your dad?!” (My dad is British… ). While what he said was totally harsh and out of line, he was right-I was destroying my teeth.

I don’t know why I gnash my teeth like a deranged maniac trying to chew her way through prison bars in her sleep every night, but I do. I wound up having to repair all the damage I did on my front two teeth, which, according to another dentist, looked like the teeth of an 80-year-old man.” And it wasn’t cheap! Now I wear a bite guard every night, which isn’t the sexiest thing ever.

7. I get dancing injuries now.

At the risk of sounding like the oldest woman in the world, when I go out and get low on the dance floor, I sometimes wind up with tightness in my “bad hip.” Turns out, there are some ligaments in my body that seem to have an adverse reaction to my midnight brain’s conviction that I can actually twerk. But that still doesn’t mean I’m not going to try!

While my body may be surprising me with weird elbow wrinkles and painful hips, it’s a small price to pay for getting older. I am happier in my 30s that I ever was in my teens or 20s, and nothing can replace that older lady swagger that comes when you stop caring what people think of you. I fully intend on one day being the “inappropriately” dressed aunt at your wedding who gets in a dance-off with her great nieces. Bad dancing hip be damned.

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Give your dad the best gift on Father’s Day

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With Father’s Day fast approaching, sourcing the most suitable gift is top of mind.

But we overlook that the most valuable gift one can offer their father is their presence.

For several dads, living in old age homes, Father’s Day has lost its significance as they long for a call or visit from their children.

The Association for the Aged (Tafta) invites you to share your “presence” this Father’s Day, especially to those whom need it the most. It’s about opening our arms and hearts to our elders.

“For our residents, love is a place of safety, a warm bed, good food, a hug and a kiss when they are tired or sad. This is how we view love at Tafta,” says CEO Femada Shamam.

In Tafta’s commitment to providing comfort and support to the elders of our province, we open our arms and hearts with love and compassion.

“Our work at Tafta imparts a clear message of love, which gives every resident a feeling of belonging and contentment,” added Shamam, who stressed that the best gift we can give to our seniors is the gift of our time.

“Whenever guests drop by, regardless of what they are doing, our residents’ faces always light up at the sign of a visitor,” she said.

Spending an hour to have lunch with an elder brings joy, pleasure and a sense of pride. It breaks the monotony of the daily routine and reassures them that they are cherished and valued.

This Father’s Day listen to your dad tell his stories if he is able. If not, help him out by supplying the words or using other gestures to express your appreciation. However you plan to celebrate, take the initiative to make this Father’s Day rewarding for you both. The gifts of caring will most certainly provide you with memories that you will cherish for a lifetime.

While love is limitless, Tafta’s finances are far from limitless.

Tafta appeals to you at this time for a gift that will show your infinite love for our fathers, grandfathers and even great grandfathers. A gift that will help us help them, Your support is what makes our work possible.

You can also share the LOVE by SMSing “Donate” to 40555, SMS charged at R20.00, free SMSes do not apply.

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What would happen if you didn’t shower for a year?

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We all know a person whose boasted about the length of time they’ve abstained from showering or bathing.

It’s either an odd point of pride or a self-deprecating knock on their personal hygiene.

Either way, if they kept it up — say, for an entire year — they’d smell awful, would run the risk of infection and could be covered in acne and bumps.

Keeping it au naturel for that long is, besides a slow way to alienate yourself, not recommended, advises Dr. Cameron Rokhsar, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York.

Here’s what would happen:

You’d smell

Unsurprisingly, a person would develop quite a funk after 365 showerless days.

Rokhsar said your stench likely would come as a result of the bacteria and dead skin accumulating on you.

After a year, he said, you’d have a build-up of skin stratum corneum, or dead skin on top of your skin. It includes a build-up of a protein our skin produces that has a funky odor to it. Bacteria also would accumulate on the skin, giving off a nasty smell when it mixes with our sweat.

Brown clumps would grow on you

Initially, said dermatologist Dr. Lauren Ploch, the skin would become oily or dry and become infected with fungus or yeast and then bacteria. The dirt on the skin could then cause warty growths.

Dr. Caroyln Jacob, director of Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology, said the oily parts of your body would collect dirt and pollutants. This would happen most in places where your body produces the most oils, such as your underarms, behind the ears, on the neck and under a woman’s breasts.

The body’s dead skin normally rises to the surface and is flaked off through normal washing, said Jacob, a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. When that stops, the dead skin clumps together with your body’s oils. The clumps would grow in patches and take on a brown hue once they collect dirt and other pollutants.

You’d be at higher risk for infection

We’re taught early the first step to take when you get a cut is to wash it.

If you haven’t washed in 365 days and you suffer an abrasion, the building bacteria on your skin means you may be more likely to suffer a soft tissue infection, notes Rokhsar.

“While infection may not be a concern in the beginning, carrying a large load of bacteria on the skin can pose a problem if the skin barrier were to become compromised in some way. i.e. through a cut or scrape,” said Ploch, a member of the AAD.

Your head would itch

Dead skin would build on the scalp. We commonly call this dandruff, which causes your head to itch. But after a year, explains Rokhsar, your head would become “extremely itchy.”

If not groomed, Jacob said hair becomes heavy with oil secreted from the scalp and the collected dirt and pollutants that stick to it. It would later, Rokhsar said, look matted and knotty.

You could break out in acne or puss bumps

As bacteria builds on your skin, said Jacob, it risks inflaming hair follicles, causing pimples. Rokhsar adds something called sebum would build up on your face, causing acne or puss bumps.

Your groin area will become a big problem

Jacob warns people to watch out for the groin area. She said you’re likely to get rashes or something called intertrigo, a yeast and inflammation combination that goes from itchy and red to burning and painful.

Scum between your toes

Speaking of the groin, the fungus that will grow between your toes could easily spread to the pelvic area.

Jacob said dead skin would build up between your toes and become crusty. It could then harbor fungus, which could be transferred to your groin while putting your feet through your pants or underwear.

It could take weeks to return to normal

Turning yourself around could take time.

Rokhsar predicts it would take about a week to get back on track. However, Ploch hints it could take longer.

Some of her patients have gone months without washing a certain part of their body. It can take weeks, she said, for the skin to return to its normal state.

P.S.  – Not everyone needs to shower every day

Dr. Elaine Larson, the associate dean for research at the Columbia School or Nursing and School of Public Health, said “frankly” showering and bathing is mostly for “aesthetics.”

Showering every day, she said, is unnecessary. Every two, three or even four days is acceptable as long as you don’t stink up the place. She said, generally, the organisms naturally found on her skin protect us from picking up harmful germs.

The exception, she said, are people with fragile immune systems, such as newborns, the elderly and people suffering from cancer.

 

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Benefits of drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning

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Your normal a.m. routine goes something like this: Wake up, check Instagram, make a beeline to your coffee machine. But starting your day with a glass of water instead actually has tons of good-for-you health benefits. (Don’t worry, you can still get your caffeine fix immediately after.)

1. It Can Improve Your Metabolism

Drinking water (approximately 20 ounces) can increase your metabolic rate by 30 percent, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Having a glass on an empty stomach helps put your body on a path toward more efficient digestion the moment you start your day.

2. It Can Help Alleviate Heartburn and Indigestion

When you sip a glass first thing in the morning, it cleanses any food acids from your esophagus that worked their way upward while you slept. (It also helps flush acids off your teeth.)

3. It Can Prevent Kidney Stones

Drinking water first thing is key to diluting the substances in your urine that can cause kidney stones to form. But remember: Your water intake should amount to at least a half gallon a day to really ward them off, experts say. (Adding a slice of lemon—rich in citric acid—also helps, FYI.)

4. It Can Stop a Headache in Its Tracks

Dehydration is one of the leading causes of that throbbing pain in your skull. Think of a glass of water first thing in the morning as a measure that helps prevent a headache from developing. (Just be sure you keep sipping throughout the day.)

5. It Helps Flush Toxins from the Body

It’s all about keeping your small intestine hydrated and your body’s water balance in check. Your gastric emptying rate (i.e., how much you pee) is accelerated by how much water you consume. The more you pee, the more toxins you flush out. Simple as that.

6. It Keeps Things Moving, Too

Yep, a glass of water on an empty stomach also helps regulate your digestion (ahem, your bowel movements) so you get it out of the way first thing.

7. It Can Keep You from Getting Sick

To dodge a cold or the flu, you need to keep your lymphatic system—a vital part of your immune system—hydrated. A glass of water in the morning will help ward off congestion and ensure proper (and efficient) drainage.


 

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