Want to live a healthier lifestyle in your 50’s and beyond, but not sure where to start? In this article, we share with you our complete guide to healthy living for your body and mind, based on our personal experience and our own journey to optimal wellness.

My wife Shirley and I are on a path to discovering how to live the healthiest possible lifestyle in our 50’s and beyond. We have enlisted health coaches, holistic healers, and experienced personal fitness trainers to teach us how to have optimal health, and to teach us about the connection between the body and the mind.

When it comes to figuring out what and how to eat for optimal health, there is a myriad of information out there. It could take years to research it on your own. And, don’t get me started on the endless list of supplements and supplement brands! With all that in mind, we have compiled this awesome guide to healthy living for your body and mind. And, it’s especially directed at those of us over 50.

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How to Have a Healthy Body and Mind

The first place to start is where you’re at. As we shared in the article How to Have Optimal Health, we started our journey when I first had pain and hoarseness in my throat years ago. Even though I went to see several doctors and health care practitioners, no one ever gave us a correct diagnosis or answers as to the cause. From there we talked to healers, holistic practitioners, and dieticians to find out what we could do. After a few years of incorporating what we learned about diet and general health, the symptoms went away.

So, what’s happening to you, or your spouse or partner? Are you dealing with any chronic conditions that are either diagnosed or not? Do you have some sort of general malaise yet have been told you are fine? Many people over 50, and under 50 too, suffer from fatigue, unexplained weight gain, pain, and more. Let’s get you to first identify any issues that you or a spouse or partner currently are dealing with.

The Healing Power of Food

Perhaps what’s ailing you has a name. Maybe it doesn’t. Maybe you simply don’t feel like you know that you should. First off, you’re not crazy, unrealistic, unreasonable, or anything like that. You should expect to feel great at 50, at 60, or at 70 and beyond. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t. Or is there?

You must come to the realization that what you have been putting in your body for the last several decades is the fuel your body has been using to create your overall present condition. Think of it the way you need to for it to make sense to you. One way is to think of the fuel you put in your car. You can save a little money and put 87 octane gas in the tank. Or, spend a little more and put in 89 or even 91 octane gas. I’ve noticed that when I use the more expensive and highest octane gas, my car gets better mileage and has more pick-up. You can easily justify buying cheaper gas for your car but when it comes to your body you must put in the highest quality fuel.

man eating a doughnut with jelly on his tie
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Changing what you eat may not fix everything. But it might! Many chronic illnesses start in the gut, our digestive system. It makes sense to start there. At worst it will lower your susceptibility of future disease, build your immune system, and make you feel better. So, it’s a great first thing to do.

A personal note – I believe that it’s time for Americans and others that eat a “western” diet, because that’s how we were raised, to evolve. Meat and potatoes should be a treat once a month perhaps. Eating like that every night, as much as we’d like to, is not healthy. And, because we are now over 50, we must pay even close attention to our diet. We’ve abused our bodies long enough. If we want to live a long life and feel good while we’re living it, we must change our diet.

You can change your diet in one of two ways. Reset your digestive system first. Or, not do that, and just change your daily eating habits moving forward. If you have any chronic medical conditions we highly recommend that you reset your digestive system and work with the same health coach and holistic healer that we did.

Derek Henry is now the founder of Healing The Body and the THRIVE Online Health Program. He has written and published over 500 articles on natural health and helped dozens, perhaps hundreds of people overcome health challenges that conventional medicine couldn’t address.

If you do not have any chronic health conditions and want to learn how to adjust your everyday diet, skip past the Restore Gut Health Diet and see Your New Healthy Everyday Diet below.


The 7 Day Healthy Meal Plan

Shirley has gone over the top in putting this 7 Day Healthy Meal Plan together. She has become dedicated to giving us "the" healthiest diet possible and now you have all she has learned!

  • Tips on Getting the Best Results
  • Healthy Snacks
  • 7 Days of Meal Planning (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Even a Shopping List!
  • Recommended Brands and Items She Uses
  • Recommendations on Items to Use in the Kitchen 
  • Healthy Recipes & More

Check Out Shirley's
7 Day Healthy Meal Plan

How We Can Have Healthy Minds

When you change your diet, you will help your body repair itself which will keep you healthier moving forward. But now let’s address the idea of having a healthier mind. We like to call this “mind health” while others may call it “brain health”. We call it mind health because when thinking of our mind as simply an organ of the body, like a kidney or the liver, it doesn’t reflect the level of importance that it has on our overall health.

Further, we have two minds and just one brain. We have a conscious mind that thinks and directs our bodies to do things like move when we consciously decide to do so. Then we have a subconscious mind that has been programmed by all our past experiences. This is the one that may get ignored most often. But, if we work on it, it can have the most impact on our health and our life.

The brain, with its neurons and neurotransmitters, controls every aspect of our health. If it isn’t properly communicating to the body to release the proper amount of chemicals and hormones, we will not feel well. This can eventually lead to disease.

Further, and what we now have scientific evidence of, is that we have a level of control over our health through how we think and the emotions we allow ourselves to experience. There is also now evidence that, through our thinking, we can even control events that occur outside of our body.

And, of course, there are many brain diseases and disorders. Some are known to affect older people such as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and Parkinson’s disease.

So, what can we do to keep our mind as healthy as possible as we age? Let us introduce you to Nootropics. A simple definition of a nootropic is any substance (synthetic or natural) that enhances memory or cognitive function. Nootropics also have a very low toxicity level and few or no side effects. You’ve been using many nootropics for years perhaps without knowing it had any effect on the brain.

The Most Common and Beneficial Natural Nootropic
and Other Supplements for Mind Health

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Omega 3 Wild Alaskan Fish Oil
- Sourced from ONLY Wild Alaska Pollock with 1099mg (88%) Omega-3s per soft gel
- Provides Essential Fatty Acids that may help support brain, joint, skin and heart health
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NOW Vitamin E-400 IU
- Protects the brain from damage associated with oxidative stress caused by free radicals
- Important for maintaining cellular health by neutralizing free radicals
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NOW Gingko Biloba 120 mg
- Supports Brain Health
- Scientific research has demonstrated that Ginkgo biloba extract has powerful free radical scavenging activity
- Non-GMO Project Verified, Soy Free, Vegan/Vegetarian, Nut Free, Made without Gluten, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Kosher
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NOW Natural Resveratrol 200 mg
- A recent study showed that daily doses of resveratrol did slow down the progress of Alzheimer's Disease
- Protects neurons against oxidative damage and toxicity
- Anti-Inflammatory
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NOW Phosphatidyl Serine 150 mg
- BRAIN HEALTH*: Phosphatidylserine plays an essential role in cell membrane composition and intercellular communication
- Important structural component of nerve cell membranes, where it assists in the conduction of electrical impulses and facilitates the activity of neurotransmitters involved in learning, memory, and mood.
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NOW Acetyl-L-Carnitine 500 mg
- Supports Brain and Nerve Cell Function
- Transport fatty Acids
- Boosts Cellular Energy
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Focus | All-Natural Brain Booster & Nootropic for Memory & Mental Clarity
- Experience greatly improved memory recall, concentration, and overall mental sharpness.
- MOOD ENHANCER: Say goodbye to brain fog
- Boosts antioxidants in the brain to clear out the oxidizing invaders that strangle brain cells and dull the mind.
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NOW Rhodiola Rosea 500 mg 2 Pack
- Modulates stress hormones that could diminish cognitive function
- Optimizes brain chemicals norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin
- May help to protect and sustain brain chemical acetylcholine
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Some supplements and nootropics show real promise for improving and protecting mind health. However, note that many mind health supplements are mostly or only effective for people who are deficient in the nutrient supplemented.
Legal Disclaimer- Statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition.

Details of Our Recommended Natural Nootropics & Supplements for Body & Mind Health

Resveratrol - This compound with anti-oxidant properties may help lower blood pressure by producing nitric oxide with is a vasodilator and relaxes veins. It can also have an effect on lowering cholesterol levels. It also appears to impact beta-amyloids, which are crucial to forming the plaques that are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease and may set off a chain of events that protects brain cells from damage.

Ginkgo Biloba - There is evidence indicating that ginkgo can help people with dementia, although more studies are required to confirm this. The benefits may include improved thinking and memory, better social behavior, and better ability to perform everyday tasks. One study found that an extract of Ginkgo Biloba, known as EGb 761, was clinically effective in treating Alzheimer's dementia. Other research, published in JAMA, similarly concluded that EGb 761 was safe to use and possibly effective in stabilizing and possibly improving cognitive and the social functioning patients with dementia for between 6 and 12 months.

Featured Book on Natural Nootropics

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The Mind-Body Connection – The Science of Meditation

Meditation is part of mind health as well. Once we feed our brain the proper nutrition, now it’s time to start exercising it. At least taking it out for walks if not full-blown workouts just yet. Meditation has many proven benefits, but I feel one way of describing what meditation does is that it gives you more control over your subconscious mind. It helps reprogram the data stored in the subconscious from previous events that occurred, many of which we don’t even consciously remember.

For example, when you saw the word “meditation” in the title above, you reacted based on what has been programmed into your subconscious from the past about meditation. Maybe you were intrigued to read this section. Many saw the same thing and skipped it based on their past programming and thus feelings on the topic of meditation.

What is stored in our subconscious is why we may have a difficult time changing our diet, losing weight, exercising regularly, being kind to ourselves, being kind to others, and even overcoming chronic disease.

Perhaps you practice meditation now or have in the past. Or, you have given thought many times to starting meditation. The key to me not just telling myself that I should meditate, but embracing it, was learning the science behind how the mind works.

When I started to read the book, Becoming Supernatural by Dr. Joe Dispenza, light bulbs went off.  By the end of chapter 3, I began meditating. The author talks about the science behind the power of meditation. That’s something I needed to read to fully embrace it.

Best-selling author Gregg Braden writes about his book, “In a style that is simple, straightforward, and easy to understand, (Dr. Joe Dispenza) has woven into a single volume the paradigm-altering discoveries of quantum science and the deep teachings that adepts of the past dedicated their entire lifetimes to master.”

Dr. Dispenza says, “if you can stay in the blackness of the unknown long enough, it will prepare you to create the unknowns in your life”.  Yes, that’s what I was looking for! I got excited about “staying in the blackness of the unknown” for even short periods. In fact, that’s how this lifestyle blog for couples over 50 was born. Shirley and I had the idea for it but not a clear pathway to starting it, or a clear vision of the finished product. Shortly after we both started to meditate, we made a breakthrough and began making this blog a reality.

Our Recommended Phone Apps for Meditation

Insight Timer
When Shirley and I first started meditating we used a phone app I found on Google Play called Insight Timer. Insight Timer states on their website that it's "the #1 free app for meditation and sleep". Shirley had never meditated before so she paid for a course on Insight Timer to help her learn meditation.

Since then I've discovered a phone app and website that focuses on the science of meditation. Headspace, like most apps, can be found both on the App Store and Google Play.

I love Headspace (and the name too!) because they are all about wrapping the science of meditation into what they teach. Here’s what they share about their approach.

“At Headspace, we see meditation as both a practice rooted in ancient history and a topic of modern science. This is why we are as equally committed to providing authentic expertise in meditation and also studying the science of meditation. Science has been an integral part of the Headspace business since day one. We recognize that the only way to know if we are achieving our goal of improving the health and happiness of the world is to measure it. That’s where the research comes in".

When you download the App you will be asked to choose a main topic. (Falling Asleep, Movement and Sport, University and College, Physical Health, Personal Growth, Work and Productivity, Stress and Anxiety). I chose Physical Health. Not because I'm not interested in the other choices, but because one of the main topics of this blog is Fitness and Activities. And, I thought it might help me provide you with unique information.

Then, based on your experience with meditation (never have before, a little, or a lot) it starts you off with guided meditations in short or longer intervals focused on your topic. It also gives you a choice to do morning or evening meditations or both.

If you also are intrigued by the science of the mind, and the science of meditation this is a great phone app for you!

2 Tools for Meditation

Here I give you two tools for getting into meditation. Dr. Joe Dispenza’s Becoming Supernatural and the Headspace phone app. Start there. Start meditating 10 minutes a day. Everyone has 10 minutes a day that they can spare. If you don’t have 10 minutes, then you need meditation more than those of us that do have 10 minutes 🙂

If you commit to it even if it doesn’t feel comfortable at first, you will see results. It will help you with whatever it is that you’re trying to accomplish or figure out. Whether it’s your diet, or working out, or spending more time with your spouse or partner, or finding a way to retire your way. This is a key component to mind health. And, mind health is key to overall optimal health.

Books We Recommend on the Mind-Body Connection

BONUS: Healthy Body Healthy Mind Quotes

"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." - Hippocrates

"Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos – the trees, the clouds, everything." - Thich Nhat Hanh

"I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you." - Joyce Meyer

"Doctors won’t make you healthy. Nutritionists won’t make you slim. Teachers won’t make you smart. Gurus won’t make you calm. Mentors won’t make you rich. Trainers won’t make you fit. Ultimately, you have to take responsibility. Save yourself." - Naval Ravikant

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patients in care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” – Thomas Edison

"Your health is what you make of it. Everything you do and think either adds to the vitality, energy, and spirit you possess or takes away from it." - Ann Wigmore

“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.” – Joseph Pilates

“To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise, we shall not be able to keep the mind strong and clear.” – Buddha

“You can’t control what goes on outside, but you CAN control what goes on inside.” – Unknown

"He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything." - Arabian proverb

"Three things in life – your health, your mission, and the people you love. That’s it." - Naval Ravikant

"Nobody can be in good health if he does not have all the time fresh air, sunshine and good water." - Flying Hawk

"The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness." - Arthur Schopenhauer

“Every negative belief weakens the partnership between mind and body.” – Deepak Chopra

“It is health that is the real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health.” – Voltaire

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