If you’re over 50 or close to it, and you’re looking for information on how to have optimal health and wellness, you are to be commended. Now’s the time to do it. Whether you’re in your early 50’s or well into your 60’s and 70’s, optimal health is something that can be achieved.
But the longer you put off addressing the issue, the more difficult it can be. It takes focus and discipline, but it is so well worth it especially at our age. And don’t worry, we are going to share with you specifically how to have optimal health over 50.
Like most people, Shirley and I didn’t start learning about optimal wellness when we were younger. We weren’t even aware there was such a thing and had no obvious need beyond taking generally good care of ourselves. Certainly, no doctor ever shared what we eventually learned. It took some health challenges and seeking answers to overcoming those challenges to put us on a path to complete health and wellness.
Shortly after I turned 50, which was 12 years ago as I am writing this, I was having issues with my throat. Stubborn swollen lymph nodes made me fatigued and caused pain in my throat for weeks on end. One Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialist suggested that I had lymphoma. I had a biopsy and it turned out that he was wrong.
Then the symptoms finally subsided after a few years. But it did send us down a path of learning more about diet, focusing on exercise, and trying to be as healthy as we could. But we later learned that we were just scratching the surface.
My Catastrophic Health Challenge – Kidney Cancer
In October of 2017, Shirley and I were watching TV one Thursday night. I went to the bathroom and looked down to see blood in the water. Lots of it. I wouldn’t say panic set in, but we were both obviously very concerned. I saw my primary physician that confirmed that I had blood in my urine. He sent me on to a urologist. She conducted another urine test and confirmed the same. She also checked my bladder and told me I needed a CT Scan so they could get a better look at what was going on. This process took about two weeks.
Shirley and I then went to see her to get the results of the CT Scan. She poked her head in the door and said, “we need to talk”. Not the words you want coming from your doctor after a test like that. She proceeded to share that I had a 13-centimeter mass (about 5 inches) around my left kidney. She suspected that the kidney hadn’t been functioning in quite some time. She wasn’t giving me a kidney cancer diagnosis just yet. But she was scheduling surgery immediately to remove both the mass and the kidney. And, then send everything to the lab to see what we were dealing with.
I went in about a week later for the surgery. It was a very difficult time of course. Thankfully they did remove the entire mass and damaged kidney, although they had to take part of one of my ribs to get it out safely. After about a week the lab report confirmed that it was stage 2 cancer of the kidney. I would be getting scans every 3 months, then extending to 6 months, then a year for the next 5 years.
As I write this, I am cancer-free and healthier than I have been in many years. But it was the cancer that put us both on hyper-alert and made us look diligently for information on how to have complete health and wellness.
Let me share with you at this point that Shirley and I have always been conscious of our health. We were not overweight. We worked out for months at a time and then would lay off. Then get back at it again. When I was 55 and she was 45 we got into CrossFit training. We both looked the best we had since maybe in our 20’s. We watched our diet. We drank alcohol but not to excess. I would say we took better care of ourselves than the vast majority of people regardless of age. But obviously it wasn’t enough to stave off cancer.
The Pathway to Wellness – Restore Your Digestive Health
Once I was home and had started my long road to recovery we dug even deeper into our diet. Partly because I had to. When you only have one kidney left you should make some adjustments for sure. But Shirley was also having some issues with her digestive system. She felt fine in the morning before she ate. But even the smallest amount of food or a glass of water made her belly bloat. This would continue as she drank and ate though out the day giving her what she calls, a “hard pooch”. She also felt pain and fatigue at times, and her skin just didn’t look healthy.
This had been going on for as many as 10 years. But now she was becoming more deeply aware of the effects of diet on our health. She knew she needed to learn more but didn’t know exactly how. Then the answer came.
“All Disease Begins in the Gut” - Hippocrates
Around the same time, a friend of ours had told us that he had a PSA count of 10.6 but had reduced it to a 0.6 in about 6 weeks without any medication. PSA stands for ‘prostate-specific antigen’ and is a protein produced by the prostate gland. 0 to 2.5 is considered safe. 10.6 can be a sign of a serious problem. We, of course, asked him how he got such great results in such a short time. He had done all through diet. He simply radically changed what he was eating. Could it be that simple? He then told us about a leading Health Coach and Holistic Healer.
This man was extremely ill with 13 chronic conditions for which conventional medicine was not finding answers. For over 5 years he researched and came up with a completely natural and holistic approach of healing himself of all these chronic conditions. These conditions included candidiasis, rheumatoid arthritis, leaky gut, hypothyroid, swollen lymph nodes, prostatitis, liver issues, urinary and kidney issues, allergies, heartburn, chronic fatigue (no wonder), eczema, and pancreas problems. He has since 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.
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Our Thoughts on Conventional Western Medicine
Before I continue let me give you my take on conventional western medicine just so you don’t think I’m anti doctors. I believe that physicians trained in western medicine are great diagnosticians for the most part. They have excellent testing and scanning capabilities. I see my urologist once every 6 months to get a prescription for an MRI to make sure I am still cancer-free. He then gets the results from the radiologist and passes that on to me. I see my primary care doctor as needed for minor ailments, and annually for a check-up and preventative testing.
However, I also believe that doctors typically want to medicate symptoms versus determining and treating the root cause of disease. If something is seriously wrong with me, I’m going to seek out advice from both doctors and naturopaths. And, more than likely, opt for a natural path to restore optimal health and wellness. Shirley feels the same way.
And So, It Begins…
Shirley, of course, did reach out to this health coach and healer. He gave her an initial consultation that resulted in her downloading a very long health assessment from his website. She thoroughly filled that out and had her first full phone consultation which I sat in on. We were blown away at how he matched up her symptoms with either food she was eating, or a lack of foods, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids and more, of which she was not getting enough.
It is worth mentioning at this point that some of the foods that, according to him, were causing her symptoms were not what most would consider to be bad for you. Many of these can be found in the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans as good foods to eat daily.
Foods she had to eliminate for 60 days:
- Seafood except wild-caught salmon
- Red meat except grass-fed beef
- Chicken except organic and free-range
- Nuts and seeds (except chia, hemp, and limited quinoa)
- Nightshades, high oxalate, and starchy foods (i.e. tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, beets, sweet potatoes)
- Beans and legumes
- Mushrooms (except medicinal mushrooms like Reishi and Chaga)
- Vinegar (except apple cider vinegar)
- Peanut, corn, canola, soybean, and cottonseed oil
- Sugar – in any form, including high sugar fruits like bananas, oranges, pineapples, etc.
Shirley needed to eliminate these foods immediately from her diet. In addition, she needed to do something that made sense once it was explained to us, and that is to reset her digestive system and restore gut health.
The First Step to Wellness – Restore Gut Health
It’s very common when seeking optimal health to overlook the digestive system even though it contains 10 times more bacteria that determine the state of our health than any other part of the body.
However, even if you’re not a biologist when someone explains how important the condition of your gut or stomach is to restore health, it makes sense immediately. Healthy gut bacteria promote good digestion and elimination, support metabolism, and protect us from infection. In fact, there are the trillions of organisms that live in our gut makeup 75% of our immune system.
The problem is that the majority of us do not have enough healthy bacteria and far too much bad bacteria. This occurs mainly because of a poor diet. But also, other factors are involved such as antibiotics, other medications, chronic stress, and more. But what if we can get back to good gut health and repair conditions like leaky gut? We can once again have a smooth digestive system and build our immune system to what it once was and is supposed to be.
3 Days Doesn't Fix the Problem
If you search on Google using phrases like “reset digestive system” or “digestive reset” you’ll find 1-day diets, 3-day diets, and a small list of foods to eliminate to reset your digestive system. But it takes significantly longer than that to completely restore gut health. In fact, the diet recommended to Shirley for resetting your digestive system was 60 days!
Further, some of the foods suggested in articles on the web as good to eat to rest your digestive system are difficult to digest like beans. Part of the benefits of a digestive reset diet is to help the digestive system and stomach, or gut, heal. Other foods contain sugar even if natural sugar. Sugar is what parasites feed on. The goal of a longer-term digestive reset diet is to starve parasites of sugar and kill them off.
It takes serious motivation and discipline to go through the 60 days and adhere strictly to a diet like this. The type of foods you can eat are highly restricted. Traveling is an issue as it is hard to find the right foods in a hotel or restaurant. But it can be done with effort. And, it is so worth it.
No Pain No Gain
I say it was worth it but during the first to two weeks, we both felt pretty miserable. Yes, I went through this diet with Shirley because it seemed like a positive thing to do and I didn’t want her to have to cook separate meals every day. One of the reasons we didn’t feel well even though we were eating very healthy food is that our parasites were starving from no sugar and dying. All these parasites that had been living quite well inside us that were now struggling and dying, created a malaise. There were days when all I wanted to do was lay on the couch and watch TV. We were both extremely uncomfortable.
But after the first 2 weeks, we both felt much better. We eventually started to feel incredible. We lost some weight but mainly we lost our bellies. We felt lean and trim. We got our energy back better than before. The original issue for Shirley of bloating also went away.
Eating Healthy is a Lifestyle Choice
Going through this digestive reset diet helped in the ways mentioned above but it also taught us a ton about how to eat healthy. We didn’t stay on this diet after the 60 days because it is too highly restrictive. But we do adhere more to a healthy diet today than ever before because of what we learned.
Our diet today mainly consists of vegetables for dinner. We have either wild-caught salmon, free-range, organic chicken, or grass-fed beef once a week or so. We eat low sugar fruits for snacks. It is difficult to maintain this type of diet when traveling so we eat like everyone else when on the road although we do try to stick to salads. We drink alcohol occasionally but much less than in the past. When we go on vacation, or even when we just want to let loose a bit, we’ll enjoy a few cocktails and eat some things that we normally don’t. We are human after all!
Resetting your digestive system and then eating to maintain gut health is the first step on the path to discover health and wellness for your body. But what about health and wellness for your mind? What we’ve come to learn is that your mind controls every bodily function. So, if the brain isn’t operating properly, health issues of all kinds can occur.
Research in recent years has demonstrated what some have surmised for a long time. Our thoughts result in physical reactions by cells in the body. Research has shown that the mere thoughts that we have affect neurotransmitters, the chemical messengers that allow the brain to communicate with different parts of itself and the nervous system.
Neurotransmitters control virtually all of the body’s functions, from feeling happy to regulation of hormones to dealing with stress. Therefore, our thoughts influence our bodies directly because the body interprets the messages coming from the brain and does what it is told to do.
People with a healthy attitude and positive outlook resist illness, cope with adversity, and recover quicker because their thoughts are affecting the neurotransmitters that are sending signals to various parts of the body.
Nootropics – Helping the Brain and Body Work Together for Total Health and Wellness
You may have not heard the term nootropics. Nootropics are becoming very popular, but they aren’t new. For a substance to be considered a nootropic, it must adhere to the following:
- Enhances memory
- Improves behavior
- Shields the brain from injury
- Improves control mechanisms
- Demonstrates a low toxicity and safe side-effect profile
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, “Nootropics are well-known compounds or natural supplements that enhance cognitive performance”. They work by increasing the mental functions such as memory, creativity, motivation, and attention. Nootropics were introduced to us in the 1970’s. In the medical community, nootropics are being used widely to treat a lot of different conditions such as ADHD and ADD. It is widely known that high school and college students use synthetic nootropic drugs to improve cognitive function for studying and test-taking. We are not proponents of synthetic drugs of any kind. Instead, we are big fans of natural nootropics.
To take the mystery out of it here’s a list of some well-known nootropics. You may realize that you’ve been taking nootropics for years or even your whole life.
- L-Theanine -an amino acid found in most green and black tea
- Gingko Biloba
- Fish Oil
- Vitamin B12 and other B vitamins
- Resveratrol -found in peanuts, berries and the skin of red grapes (also in red wine)
So, you see Nootropics themselves aren’t anything new. It’s just that the term or category is new. And so is the realization that our brain and body can benefit greatly by us making sure we have the proper amounts of some of these nootropics.
Read our Full Article on Natural Nootropics
To understand how nootropics work it is necessary to understand more about how the brain works and functions first. The human brain has a much larger cerebral cortex than any other mammal. In fact, the cerebral cortex makes up approximately 80% of the total mass of the human brain. The human brain has billions of neurons (nerve cells) as part of a network of cell-to-cell connections and communications through pathways (neurotransmitters).
When the brain has the proper nutrition and oxygen, and pathways are clear, neurons can communicate at an optimum level which leads to better cognition. When the brain is working well, we feel better. It is communicating through this complex system providing the body (cells, organs, etc.) with the necessary information to reach optimal health.
Neurotransmitters are the keys to communication of signals from one neuron (nerve cell) to another. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that act as messengers delivering signals between neurons and other cells in the body. The function level and number of neurotransmitters in the brain can affect not only psychological but also physical functions. This includes everything from learning, thinking, and mood which we associate with the brain. But it also includes organ and bodily functions, even our heartbeat.
Read our Full Article - Nootropics Source of Information
Nootropics are routinely used by people who want to have a high cognitive function at their jobs and by college students, especially during exam time. Nootropic stacking is the process of using certain nootropics in concert with each other to create a desired effect. It appears that certain nootropics influence others to perform even better than if taken alone.
Can natural nootropics taken as supplements positively affect neurotransmitters in our brain and help alleviate certain ailments and chronic conditions? We are certainly not scientists, but we do have experience with products that contain nootropics. We’ve seen results in countless others but have also experienced the results ourselves.
Our Special Nootropics Stack – D.O.S.E
Nootropics stacks or stacking may sound very technical. But most of us have been benefitting from nootropics perhaps without knowing it for many years. Now scientists and product manufacturers are coming up with combinations (or stacks), and delivery systems for these incredibly beneficial substances.
As part of our strategy for funding an early retirement, we represent a company called Elevacity, located in Dallas, TX. Elevacity is primarily a product manufacturer and the products are marketed by people like us called Elepreneurs. Read all about Elepreneurs here. If you want to know more and learn how to build an early retirement strategy from your own home Contact Us.
Two of the products we market are called Elevate Coffee and Xanthomax. Together they make us what we call D.O.S.E. It stands for Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin, and Endorphins. The production of these hormones is stimulated when you drink our Smart Coffee (some call it Happy Coffee) and take the supplement, Xanthomax.
D.O.S.E. - the Perfect Nootropics Stack
Dopamine is a chemical derived from the amino acid tyrosine, is an important neurotransmitter that plays a role in a wide range of brain functions. Dopamine affects movement, emotions, the experience of pleasure, and memory.
Insufficient levels of dopamine can lead to a wide range of serious symptoms, including:
- Inability to focus
- Loss of motor control
- Reduced sex drive
- Cravings or addictions
- Lack of motivation
- Loss of pleasure or satisfaction
People with low dopamine levels may experience feelings of depression, boredom, or apathy. They may lack the energy and motivation to carry out ordinary tasks, and they may have trouble focusing or making decisions. In addition, they may experience physical symptoms such as becoming easily chilled, and they may have a tendency to put on weight.
Oxytocin is a hormone and a neurotransmitter that is involved in childbirth and breast-feeding. It is also associated with empathy, trust, sexual activity, and relationship-building.
It is sometimes referred to as the "love hormone," because levels of oxytocin increase during hugging, and orgasm. It may also have benefits as a treatment for a number of conditions, including depression, anxiety, and intestinal problems. Oxytocin is produced in the hypothalamus, a part of the brain. Women usually have higher levels than men.
Serotonin is a chemical that has a wide variety of functions in the human body. It is sometimes called the happy chemical because it contributes to wellbeing and happiness.
Serotonin is used to transmit messages between nerve cells. It is thought to be active in constricting smooth muscles, and it contributes to wellbeing and happiness, among other things. As the precursor for melatonin, it helps regulate the body's sleep-wake cycles and the internal clock.
It is thought to play a role in appetite, emotions, and motor, cognitive, and autonomic functions. However, it is not known exactly if serotonin affects these directly, or if it has an overall role in coordinating the nervous system. It appears to play a key role in maintaining mood balance. Low serotonin levels have been linked to anxiety and depression.
Endorphins- Endorphins are chemicals produced naturally by the nervous system to cope with pain or stress. They are often called "feel-good" chemicals because they can act as a pain reliever and happiness booster.
Endorphins are primarily made in the hypothalamus and pituitary glands, though they may come from other parts of the body as well. The well-known "runner's high" that is felt after lengthy, vigorous exercise is due to an increase in endorphin levels.
The level of endorphins in the human body varies from person to person. People who have lower levels may be more likely to have depression or fibromyalgia, but more research is needed in this area.
Do You Currently Drink Coffee at All?
If you drink coffee you should consider switching to Elevate Coffee. You will feel an increase of 3 out of the 4 hormones listed above. But to get the "O", Oxytocin you'll want to take XanthoMax with it.
To read more about the benefits of Oxytocin and how XanthoMax is manufactured click here.
Or, if you’re just a bit adventurous and like what you’ve read so far you can order a 30-day supply and give it an entire month to feel the effects.
Nootropics are supplements and not prescribed medications, so they are not reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration. See the disclaimer below this article.
Read what some have written to us about their experience with D.O.S.E.
"I was at a very young age when I was diagnosed with chronic migraines. I am talking days these terrible things would put me out of commission. As a young, energetic kid I hated missing activities and/or anything fun. I had medicine to take in case I might get one (migraine), meds (a shot in my leg) when one was already there, and all sorts of medication for the aftermath. I eventually grew out of them (at around 25) and I thought I was in the clear. However, the past 2 months I have had 3. I am not on medication for them. I take Excedrin as instructed by my father, a sufferer his whole life. However, Excedrin is only a temporary fix and eventually, it will come back 3 times worse.
This morning I woke up at 2 am with one. I took some Advil and went back to bed. I woke up at 7 am and couldn't lift my head it was so bad. I had to work. I had to get up. I said a quick prayer for NO NAUSEA and jumped for my Smart Coffee and Xanthomax. I kept my head down and let the hot water hit my neck as I struggled to get my day going.
The struggle didn't last very long. Just 15 to 20 minutes. And, the migraine had suddenly disappeared. I stood there in the mirror and looked at myself. No puffy face, no twitching of my eyes, nausea and what would’ve been a migraine. GONE!" – Kristy Maria
Lyme Disease – Fatigue and Swelling of Joints
"5 years ago, I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease and my world went downhill from there. I don't even think I realized what was happening until it was too late. Between the body fatigue and joint swelling, the sickness from the medications, the pure exhaustion, weight gain, and heightened seasonal depression, I ended up at my end. I decided my life was over at 44. I couldn't be any more tired or sadder. No matter what good was around me I could only see despair.
I was slowly forced to give up everything that made me happy. Running, biking, watching the evening news (couldn’t stay up past 8), dancing, my motorcycle, going out with friends, walking the dog, joining family events, fishing, shopping, and riding my horse. My home became a cave. I say it happened slowly because it did. I think this happens to many of us when we are trying to live with a chronic disorder. We give up small things, over and over again, until we no longer recognize ourselves.
I had decided to try and move to a warm climate to (see of that would) help and reached out to Shirley Guiducci for her advice. She is a trusted sister-friend and I knew she had made a long-distance move in the past. During our conversation, she asked me if I would try Happy Coffee. Skeptical as I was, I said sure. She sent it and I let it sit.
About a week later I talked to Shirley again and she encouraged me to try it. I did! I didn't feel like I had the dramatic results like others, but it did help with appetite reduction and the swelling in my hands and so I figured that was a small step in the right direction and I ordered a 30-day supply.
Here is where my story changes. About 2 weeks into the month my life made a seismic shift. At first, it was the energy and clarity. I could concentrate at work and have energy left for walking the dog and being out at the barn. I could stay up past 8:15?! What?! After 3 weeks of walking the dog further and further, I found I was up for 3-4 miles a day. I started jogging a little and now I am up to running!
My energy level is unbelievable. I have always been an early riser, but now I do stuff instead of just sitting on the couch. The dog and I walk every day and at least half of that is running. We are both back down to our happy weight and feeling good! What else changed for me? My house is clean, my car is detailed, I have been out with friends for fun activities. I go see family. I organized the entire garage. I redid the landscaping in my yard. I am riding Herbie, my horse 2-3 times a week and helping at the barn again with chores. I am not uprooting my life with a move, my emotions are where they should be, I am HAPPY!
My life is so good! And I actually recognize it and feel great in it. I am joyful, healthy, and excited to be back in the saddle (pun intended). Yesterday I had a long, amazing day! I was up at 6 am to go fishing and we spent a full morning on the water. It was a perfect day for Minnesota weather, and we enjoyed the hell out of it. My afternoon was spent at the horse barn doing chores and being a modern-day cowgirl. The barn is my soul-saving happy place and I am so grateful to be back." - Michelle Dannell
"I’ve lost 23 pounds, and down 3 pant sizes. I started on June 25th, so these results are between 3-4 weeks. Two products, once a day, playing basketball a few days a week after work. I can’t wait to see how lean I get when I start using this as a pre-workout. I have energy all day, my focus is amazing and I’m not snacking on junk all day anymore." - Mark Garcia
"I am so proud of myself! I am down 10 pounds in 7 days! YESSS I SAID DOWN 10 POUNDS IN 7 DAYS! I started drinking Elevate Coffee 1 week ago and I feel absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to see what the scale says on the following Monday!" - Shonia Brooks
"I started the drink (coffee) and pills once a day on November 7th. I wasn’t sure what to expect or when I'd start noticing a difference. Of, course I was magically expecting the weight to melt away at lightning speed!
Here’s what I have noticed.. my energy level!!! I posted a pic of the pile of wood because a month ago I would have come up with any excuses I could think of to not do it myself as I just didn't have any energy or drive to do it. Not yesterday... I did so much manual labor outside for the first time in a long time!! THANK YOU! AMAZING!" - Michelle Nierling
Anxiety, Depression, Fatigue, Pain
"Prior to getting started on our smart/happy coffee, I HATED coffee. I had anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, pain in my body, numbness in my torso, adult ADD diagnosis, and a multiple sclerosis diagnosis with the many symptoms that came with it!
Once I tried our happy smart coffee with our little capsule that goes with it, NOT ONLY DID I LOVE THE TASTE but I felt AMAZING! All the pain left my body, I had phenomenal energy again, I had clarity and focus in my mind, the feeling in my body came back, the anxiety and depression completely left. I finally felt happy and that I had my life back again!
My husband and I also had another baby once getting on DOSE and by the time our baby girl was 2 months old I had lost all my baby weight and by the time she was 3 months old I was 20 lbs. lighter than I was when my husband and I conceived her.
I haven't had the new Mom fatigue I had with my older 3 children, I feel happy and full of energy! I finally am able to enjoy life again and to top it all off our baby is the happiest baby ever and yes I breastfeed her after my herbalist tested our products and approved it while nursing." - Jackie Tietjen
High Blood Pressure
"Here's my testimony. High blood pressure runs in my family. Two grandparents have died from strokes earlier in the years. I exercise and I tried eating healthy, yes it helped, but it was still a little high. By the third week of taking Xanthomax and having just one cup of Smart Coffee (a day)74395, I now have normal blood pressure. No need to take my blood pressure medicine anymore." - Chad Gallagher
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Let's Do This Together!
So, now you know what Shirley and I have been up to in the last few years. We are on a journey. Personally, I want to be healthy and be around for a long time to come. They told me that I only have an 80% chance to see my 70th birthday because of my kidney cancer. I aim to blow post that. In order to do that I need to learn as much as I can, put it into practice, and then pass it all onto you.
Here’s to a healthy lifestyle after 50!
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