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Monday, 16 October 2017

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Welcome to a blog that is all about wellness for the over 40s. Here you will find blog posts to help you maintain (or restore) your natural state of health. You will also find a vegan recipe each Monday and you can learn about growing organic food from the blog posts on the 40plusandalliswell allotment. 
If you like yoga I also have a 'sister' blog, Flexiladiesyoga.

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Meatless Monday : Vegan katsu curry


This Japanese curry is usually made with chicken but my breaded tofu pieces make a good substitute that even your meat eating friends will love.  If you are trying to cut carbs in this run up to Christmas you can substitute cauliflower rice for brown rice.  You can use fresh cauliflower or, as I discovered when I had no fresh cauliflower, frozen works just as well. Let it defrost for a few minutes before whizzing it up in a blender.  Spread the ‘rice’ out on a baking tray which you have sprayed with olive oil spray and spray once more.  Bake with the tofu pieces

Vegan katsu curry

Serves 2 

You will need

450g pack tofu
3 tbsp tamari
75g polenta
Olive oil spray for greasing

For the sauce

1 tbsp olive oil
1 small red onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 small carrot, julienned
1/2 med courgette, diced
½-1 tbsp curry powder 
½ tsp garam masala
Pinch chilli flakes
Pinch stevia
½ tsp salt in 400 ml hot water
1 tsp cornflour

To serve 

Brown rice or cauliflower ‘rice’ (see above).

Drain the water from the tofu and place between sheets of kitchen towel to remove as much of the water as possible from the tofu.  Cut the tofu into small squares and place in a bowl with the tamari.  Stir gently then place in the fridge for around an hour.  After an hour turn out onto a greased baking tray.  Sprinkle with the polenta and stir until the tofu is coated on all sides.  Place in the oven at 200 degrees for 20 minutes with the cauliflower ‘rice’ if making - keep an eye on the ‘rice’ it may be ready before the tofu.  

Meanwhile make the sauce. Heat the oil and cook the onion for 2 minutes. Add the carrot, courgette, spices and a pinch of stevia and continue to cook for a minute.  Add the salt water and bring to the boil.  Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about 15 minutes.  Mix the cornflour with a little water and stir into the sauce.  Stir until thickened.  

To serve divide the rice or cauliflower ‘rice’ between 2 bowls, top with the tofu pieces then spoon over the sauce.

Enjoy

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This week on Flexiladiesyoga

Sunday, 15 October 2017


In this week's strength and flexibility video we focus on the spine.
This blog post was included in the online paper 'Yoga Vitality Magazine'-https://paper.li/Yoga_Vitality/1336524135#/

Autumn is dominated by vata dosha, meaning unsettled, windy weather. Salads begin to pale and nature provides us with delicious foods we can eat cooked, such as apples.
Why not try my hot apple and fig cake recipe on my 'sister' blog-http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/an-autumn-ayurveda-recipe.html

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Be breast cancer aware-more ways to cut your risk


October is breast cancer awareness month. We have already looked at some of the ways we can lower our risk of breast cancer.  Please see 'Love your breasts'. In this blog post I want to look at some more ways we can lower our risk.  Basically anything that boosts your immunity will also lower your risk.  The reason for this is that if a cell in your body ‘goes rogue’ that is develops a fault when it divides, a healthy immune system will seek it out and destroy it before it can further divide and cause trouble. 
One simple way you can do this is ensure you have a good night’s sleep. Please see 'Love your sleep'. Also ensure your room is completely dark.  This can be achieved with black out curtains and this is especially important if you work night shifts.  Exposure to light during sleep time lowers melatonin which suppresses the growth of breast cancer cells. Also make sure there is no light from technology - mobile phones, TVs etc in the bedroom while you sleep.
Make sure you have adequate vitamin D – try to get out every day, summer and winter, even if it is only for 15 minutes in your lunch break.  I would also recommend a supplement in the winter months.  Vegan sources of vitamin D include mushrooms and fortified dairy free milks and cereals.  Please see 'Bring on the sun-Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin'.
We are learning more and more about our gut health and immunity.  One of the ways the gut can boost immunity is by producing serontin, the mood boost hormone.  Did you know that 90% of the body’s serontin is produced by healthy gut flora.  This hormone reduces stress which is an immunity zapper.  Another way a healthy gut can help ensure a healthy immunity is the B vitamins that the gut bacteria produce.  B vitamins are important to a calm nervous system, again lowering stress.  Gut bacteria also reduce toxic build up in the gut which can lead to toxins in the body which interfere with immune cells.
For healthy gut flora avoid sugar, refined carbs, processed foods and alcohol.  Include prebiotics such as onions, garlic, bananas etc an your diet, 'live' dairy free yoghurt and fermented foods.  You might also want to take a probiotic supplement. 
Take time for rest, relaxation and meditation to counteract stress, an immunity zapper. Please see 'Reduce stress, increase wellbeing'. Also, the Playlist on my YouTube channel 'Yoga for stress series'.

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Meatless Monday : Yellow split pea dhal with nigella seed naan bread

Monday, 9 October 2017


Now that Autumn is here salads have started to lose their appeal.  If you read the yoga blog regularly you will know that according to Ayurveda, yoga’s ‘sister’ science, the recommendation for Autumn is foods that are warm, moist and spicy.  To read more please see Ayurveda and autumn 
This split pea dhal fits the bill perfectly.  

Yellow split pea dhal with nigella seed naan bread

Serves 2-3 

You will need

For the dhal 

100g dried yellow split peas (the no need to soak kind)
1 tbsp oil
1 onion, peeled and chopped
120g chestnut mushrooms, sliced.
2 cloves garlic
½ tsp ground ginger
1 tsp turmeric
1 level tsp cumin
1 level tsp garam masala
¼-½ tsp chilli flakes 
½ tsp mustard seeds
2 curry leaves
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt in 150 ml hot water
2 tbsp tomato puree
1//2 can coconut milk
Handful spinach leaves

Rinse the yellow split peas and put them in a saucepan. Bring to the boil and reduce heat to simmer for at least 45 minutes.  Stir occassionally to prevent the peas sticking to the bottom of the pan.  When tender, drain thoroughly.

Heat the oil and cook the onion around 3 minutes.  Add the garlic, mushrooms and spices and continue to cook for a further 2 minutes adding some of the salt in water if necessary.  Add the yellow split peas, tomato puree, lemon juice and the remaining salt in water.  Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and add the spinach.  Cook for 2 minutes or so while the spinach wilts.  Stir in coconut milk and heat through.  Remove the curry leaves and serve with the naan bread.

For the naan bread
250g flour (I used khorasan flour, an ancient wheat but rye or spelt would be great)
½ tsp salt
1 sachet quick acting yeast
120ml almond milk
1 tbsp olive oil
½ -1 tsp nigella seeds
Olive oil spray for greasing

Mix the dry ingredients.  Heat the milk and oil to warm and stir into the flour.  Knead according to the instructions on the yeast packet.  Usually knead for 10 minutes, cover with oiled cling film and rest for up to an hour in a warm place to double in size.  Tip the dough out onto a floured surface and knead again.  Shape the dough  - traditionally tear shaped but this is optional. Place on a baking tray that has been sprayed with olive oil spray. Leave for a further half hour. Place in a pre-heated hot oven on a for around 10 minutes.  Serve with the dhal.

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This week on Flexiladiesyoga

Sunday, 8 October 2017



In our video this week we work on combining leg strength with flexibility. The meditation focuses on looking to our ‘roots’ to be strong and free from things that are not serving us.
Blogpost and yoga video on my 'sister' blog-http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/strength-and-flexibility-legs.html

Rest and relaxation are important to help keep us young in oh so many ways and yoga is just the thing to help us rest and relax.
Today's blog post is a restorative sequence to promote rest and relaxation.
Please see my 'sister' blog-http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/youth-boost-yoga-rest-and-relaxation.html



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Eat a rainbow – purple fig




The end of this series has been a long time coming but here it is at last.  Figs are in season!  Enjoy them while you can – they won’t be here long. They satisfy a sweet tooth if like me you avoid sugar but sometimes want something sweet  - I know they have fruit sugar, fructose but they are also packed with fibre so they do not cause the blood sugar ‘spikes’ that sugar does – just don’t eat too many.  As well as fibre they are a source of calcium and magnesium, both good for bone health.  They are also rich in antioxidants which are good at this time of year for boosting immunity.  A tip top immune system will also reduce the risk of cancer because your immune cells will destroy any cells that 'go rogue', that is mutate when they divide.  
For extra sweetness try baking figs.  Spray a baking tray with coconut oil spray.  Cut the figs in two and place on the tray cut side up.  Spray the figs with coconut oil and sprinkle with stevia and a little cinnamon.  Bake at 200 degree for 10-15 minutes. Enjoy with coconut cream.  
Other purple fruits and vegetables in season right now include blackberries, plums and still just about in season are aubergines.

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'Eat a rainbow-Red cabbage'

'Eat a rainbow-Sweet potato

'Eat a rainbow-Grapefruit'

'Eat a rainbow - Greens'


'Eat a rainbow - Blueberries'


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Meatless Monday : Vegan Pad Thai

Monday, 2 October 2017


Pad Thai is a stir fry dish that is made using rice noodles.  It is a popular street food in Thailand.  Vegan versions of Pad Thai are often made with tofu but in the recipe below I am using soy beans.  Packed with protein, fibre and hormone balancing phytoestrogens they make a tasty change from tofu. To make the recipe quick to make I am using some frozen mixed veg with red pepper, sweetcorn kernels, peas (for added protein), carrot sticks and broccoli florets.  Frozen veg has all the vitamins of fresh, if not more and because it is frozen immediately after picking (and so does not need to ‘keep’).  Also it often has less pesticides than fresh.  It is a boon if you don’t want to spend long preparing vegetables.  You can also use frozen edamame beans.  The rice noodles take just minutes to prepare too making this a quick but tasty meal.

Vegan Pad Thai 

Serves 2

You will need

1 tbsp oil
1 small red onion, peeled and chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
¼-½ tsp chilli flakes
200g frozen mixed veg
200g (peeled weight if using in the pod ones) soy beans
2 nests rice noodles

For the sauce
2 tbsp peanut butter 
2-3 tbsp tamari
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp rice vinegar

Garnish
Sprinkling of sesame seeds
Chopped peanuts/cashews

Heat the oil and cook the onion for 3 minutes.  Add the garlic and chilli and cook for a further minute.  Add the frozen veg and edamame beans and cook on a low heat for 5 minutes.  Mix the ingredients for the sauce and add to the pan. Heat through.

Meanwhile bring a saucepan of water to the boil.  Turn off the heat and add the rice noodles to the water. Cover and leave for 5 minutes.  Drain well and divide between two bowls.  Top with the edamame bean mixture and garnish with sesame seeds and chopped nuts.  

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This week on Flexiladiesyoga

Sunday, 1 October 2017


In today’s yoga video the intention is to combine shoulder strength with flexibility.
Blog post, yoga video and meditation on my 'sister' blog-http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/strength-and-flexibility-shoulders.html

In this week's blog post the intention is to work our joints to keep them young and trouble free as we age.
Please see my 'sister' blog-http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/youth-boost-yoga-joint-mobility.html

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Age reverse - maintaining healthy joints

  

A joint is simply where two bones meet.  In this blog post I will be looking at synovial joints.  A synovial joint is one that is enclosed in a ‘capsule’ and lubricated by synovial fluid. The ends of the bones in a synovial joint are covered in cartilage. There are six types of synovial joint - ball and socket (for example hip and shoulder), hinge (for example elbow and knee), condyloid (in the wrist), plane (in the hands and feet), pivot (in the neck), and saddle (for example the thumb)..

There may be several problems as we age - the cartilage can wear,and the synovial fluid becomes depleted.  You can see where this is going - there is nothing then to protect the ends of the bones forming the joint and the bones rub together leading to osteoarthritis.  Ouch!  Stay with me though because this is by no means inevitable.  Another problem as we age is that there the ligaments tend to shorten and lose flexibility so that joints become stiffer.  Also there can be a loss of muscle mass as we age  - now muscle pulling on bone helps make bones stronger so if there is less muscle this may accelerate the development of osteoporosis, further deteriorating joint health. 

Key to joint health is exercise - with joint mobility it is definately a case of ‘use it or lose it’. Yoga in particular put the joints through their range of motion, strengthens the muscles that support the joint and longer held yoga such as in yin yoga work at a deeper level, on the connective tissue - ligaments, tendons and fascia.  On the yoga blog at the moment we are practicing for strength and flexibility.  You might want to look at the following blog posts and yoga videos on my 'sister' blog-

Strength and flexibility - hips
Strength and flexibility - shoulders 

And look out for more yoga practices on strength and flexibility in the coming weeks.

For a yin yoga ‘taster’ practice which also includes more familiar yang yoga please also see my 'sister' blog:-

Yoga to rebalance - yin/yang 

Also on the yoga blog this week we are practicing a sequence in which we work all the joints of the body.  Please see 'Youth boost yoga-Joint mobility'.

Exercise also supports cartilage health and helps prevent the synovial fluid becoming depleted.  

For muscle strength try working with weights, resistance bands, push-ups, squats etc.  Also please see the following blog posts on my 'sister' blog:-

Yoga for muscle strength Part 1
Yoga for muscle strength Part 2 
Yoga for muscle strength Part 3 

In terms of diet make sure your diet includes calcium and magnesium, along with trace minerals such as boron.  Vitamins D and K work with magnesium to promote strong bones and vitamin D helps the absorption of calcium. Vegans can get these vitamins and minerals from fortified milks and cereals, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, whole grains, mushrooms, chickpeas, apples and beans.  

For cartilage and synovial fluid maintenance consider taking a supplement of glucosamine with chondroitin.  Please see ‘Natural help for osteoarthritis’ on this blog.

There are some yoga videos to help prevent osteoporosis on my You Tube Channel:-
Osteoporosis 1-Part 1
Osteoporosis 1-Part 2
You might also like the other blog posts in this series:-


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Meatless Monday: Mushroom and soy mince stew with sweet potato ‘cheese’ scone round

Monday, 25 September 2017


This sweet potato ‘cheese’ scone round lifts this simple stew into something a little special. A great dish for autumn and a way of using up leftover sweet potato.

Mushroom and soy mince stew with sweet potato ‘cheese’ scone round

You will need 
Serves 2-3

1 tbsp organic olive oil
1 onion, peeled and chopped
1 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
120g dried soy mince
120g chestnut mushrooms, sliced
1 tsp mixed herbs
100g tomato puree 
Pinch stevia
1 rib celery, sliced
1 tsp pink salt

For the sweet potato ‘cheese’ scone round



250g sweet potato, mashed
1 tbsp organic olive oil
125g rye flour
1 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp nutritional yeast
½ tsp pink salt
Olive oil spray

Place the dried soy in a bowl and cover with boiling water.  Leave to rehydrate for 10 minutes.

Heat the oil and cook the onion for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute.  
Add the remaining ingredients for the stew and 500ml water.  Bring to the boil and reduce heat to simmer for 15-20 minutes, adding a little more water if necessary.  

To make the sweet potato ‘cheese’ scone round mix all the ingredients together. If your dough is a little dry add a little non-dairy milk.  Spray a baking tray with olive oil spray then form the dough into a ‘round’ on the tray. Divide the dough into 4 with a knife cutting about halfway down into the dough.  Bake at 200 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  

Serve the stew with the scone round and a green vegetable.


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This week on Flexiladiesyoga

Sunday, 24 September 2017


In this new series we are looking at strength and flexibility starting with the hips. 
Blog post, yoga video and meditation on my 'sister' blog- 
http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/strength-and-flexibility-hips.html

Youth boost yoga- youthful digestion. In this blog post and yogasequence the intention is to keep our digestive system young. Please see my 'sister' blog- 
http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/youth-boost-yoga-youthful-digestion.html

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Age reverse – look after your gut to stay young



Regular readers of 40plusandalliswell will know that looking after your gut flora is good for your health but did you also know that a healthy gut flora will help you stay young?  Let’s look at some of the ways your gut flora contribute to keeping us young
A healthy gut flora with a diversity of gut flora reduces inflammation.  I believe inflammation underpins most, if not all disease including degenerative diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and even cancer.
Incredibly gut flora may play a role in gene expression.  Research is underway to understand more about the way this works.
Gut flora can boost immunity. This is because 90% of your body’s serontin, the ‘feel good’ stress reducing hormone, is produced by the gut flora.  Since stress zaps immunity, this helps boost immunity.  This is not just important to prevent colds, flu etc but if when your cells divide a mistake occurs, a healthy immune system will be onto it before the faulty cell divides and cancer results. 
A healthy gut flora can also improve nutrient absorption providing your body with everything it needs for a healthy immune system, strong youthful bones, and even younger looking skin etc. 
Your gut flora can even balance your blood sugar preventing insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes. 
So how do you ensure a healthy gut flora?  I would recommend a good probiotic containing a variety of bacteria – this is especially important if you are taking antibiotics which deplete the gut flora.  Also try to ensure your diet includes plenty of fibre (at least 30g per day) and some prebiotic foods such as onions, garlic, leeks, artichokes,bananas etc.  Fermented foods are a good way of ensuring a healthy gut flora so you might want to include sauerkraut, vegan kefir etc in your diet. 

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Meatless Monday: Mushroom quinoa burgers with surprise salad

Monday, 18 September 2017


Earthy flavours beckon at this time of year as we move into autumn and so these mushroom burgers are just the ticket.  The quinoa is one of the few sources of complete proteins for vegans and provides B vitamins which help ensure our immune system is tip top as we move into autumn.  

The surprise salad has borage flowers, also known as starflower.  They are a pretty blue colour and look great on a salad as well as adding essential fatty acids.  They are anti-inflammatory and help balance hormones. They taste a little like cucumber. The other surprise ingredient in the salad is radish which has been grown in a pot - it is still not too late if you want to grow some.  The salad leaves too are home grown.



homegrown radish

Mushroom quinoa burgers with surprise salad

Makes 12

Serves 4


You will need

For the burgers

150g quinoa, rinsed in a fine mesh sieve
1 tbsp organic olive oil
1 small onion, peeled and chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
200g button or chestnut mushrooms
Chia seed egg - 1 tbsp chia seeds, 3 tbsp water.  Allow to thicken for 10 minutes
6 tbsp miso paste
75g breadcrumbs
2-3 tbsp nutritional yeast
Olive oil spray to grease the baking tray

To serve

Salad leaves
Borage flowers

Place the quinoa in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and reduce heat to simmer for around 12 minutes.  Drain well.  

Meanwhile heat the oil and cook the onion for around 3 minutes. Add the garlic and mushrooms and cook for a further 5 minutes. 

Place the mushroom mixture, the cooked quinoa and the remainder of the ingredients for the burgers in a blender and pulse until a coarse paste is formed.

Shape into 12 rounds and place on a baking tray that has been sprayed with olive oil spray.  

Cook at 200 degrees for around 20 minutes turning once.  Serve with the salad.


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This week on Flexiladiesyoga

Sunday, 17 September 2017


Threats of war, natural disasters - it seems at the moment that there is anything but peace in the world.
In our video this week, let us make a collective intention to find peace within ourselves and give that out to all. 
Please see my 'sister' blog- http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/qualities-cultivated-by-yoga-inner-peace.html This blog post was included in the online paper 'Yoga Vitality Magazine'.

On my 'sister' blog series, 'Youth boost yoga' this week, the intention is to balance our hormones to keep them young- http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/youth-boost-yoga-happy-hormones.html

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Age reverse – hormones


Your endocrine system consists of several glands that secrete hormones.  These are the pituitary gland, the thyroid, the thymus, the pancreas, the ovaries and testes and adrenals.  Like an orchestra where the various sections contribute to beautiful music, your endocrine glands work in sync to produce wellness.  Any problem with one endocrine gland will affect the others.  This is why stress, affecting the adrenal glands and causing an overproduction of adenalin, cortisol and noradrenaline can cause your monthly periods to stop.  Similarly stress can affect immunity.  Your 40 plus years can be a stressful time as you try to juggle career, children, and look after aging parents.  Relationship break up are common in this age group too and these can be especially stressful.  It is really important to take some time for yourself each day to do something you enjoy and relax.  Trust me, you will be in a better position to help others if you are relaxed and feel well.  On the yoga blog there is a yoga practice which will help balance hormones 'Youth boost yoga-Happy hormones'.
You might also find the following blog post helpful:-
and the following yoga videos on my 'sister' blog, Flexiladiesyoga's YouTube Channel:-


The main change to your hormones that ladies will notice as they get older is the drop in oestrogen and progesterone that happens at menopause.  This happens at an average age of 51 and the effects such as hot flushes, etc are caused by the pituitary gland trying to make up for the fall by producing more luteinising hormone.  Fortunately there is a great deal of natural ways to help yourself ‘sail’ through this difficult time and my top recommendation would be to practice some yoga, make time each day to relax or meditate and take soya isoflavones (a plant source of oestrogen known as phyto-oestrogen).


You might also find the following yoga videos helpful on my 'sister' blog, Flexiladiesyoga's YouTube Channel:-

Not quite so noticeable, men too may experience an andropause between the ages of 60-80 caused by a drop in testosterone.  However this does not occur in all men. 
As we age, the thyroid gland’s output of thyroxine may lessen resulting in hypothyroidism.  Symptoms include feeling cold, weight gain, hair loss etc which are often taken as signs of aging.  If you have these symptoms see your doctor for a blood test.  Treatment involves replacing the hormone deficit. Nourish your thyroid with foods that are a source of selenium such as brazil nuts and iodine in sea vegetables, cruciferous vegetables and soy milk.  Yoga inversions such as Shoulder Stand and Shoulder Bridge are good to practice as they stimulate the thyroid gland. 
The pancreas produce insulin which stabilises blood sugar but as we age changes such as unresponsiveness to insulin can put us more at risk of diabetes.  To help prevent this limit your intake of sugar and processed food.

You may also find the following blog post on diabetes helpful 

'In the news-Diabetes cases soar by 60% in the last decade'
The thymus gland produces the white blood cells which fight invaders such as bacteria and viruses.  As we age the thymus may become slower to respond so that we take longer to heal.  The immune system’s ability to detect faults when cells divide and correct those mistakes also becomes impaired, increasing the risk of cancer.  A good diet, restful, adequate sleep and natural daylight to keep your vitamin D levels topped up are all key to maintaining a healthy immune system. If you are stressed take steps to reduce this – yoga, meditation and herbs such as ashwagandha as stress can impair immunity. Also do not smoke as this impairs immunity. Sometimes as we age our immune system attacks our own cells resulting in autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.  The immune system may also over-react resulting in chronic inflammation which is the root cause of many degenerative diseases in the body.  My advice is to take serrapeptase which is an anti-inflammatory enzyme. 
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Hope this helps keep your hormones happy through your 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond. 

You may also like the other blog posts in this series:-

Age reverse-Stay sharp
Age reverse-Eyes, health and beauty 
Age reverse-heart
Age reverse-Hearing loss
Age reverse- Hair

Please note-always seek advice from your medical practitioner before taking any of the supplements or practicing any of the yoga recommended in these blog posts. 

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