Health after 50 doesn’t have to be all about caring for your joints, losing weight, or going to the doctors more often! Health and wellness tips at 50 can be small, easy and quick to make. All it takes is a little attention to detail.
November is my birthday month! And this month, I am proud to say that I am 50. Hooray! I am embracing my age, because even though some people worry about their health after 50, I feel amazing (and still 21) and I want you too to see that it is never too late to be fit, to be healthy, or to be happy and enjoy your life.
So, read on for my personal tips to being fit and fabulous at 50!
Two years ago in 2017, I completed a Stool Sample Test and they identified Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Back then, I was experiencing some symptoms such as eczema, bloatedness, heartburn, food intolerances and some IBS issues. None of them were too bad, but they were enough to impact my day-to-day life, so I wanted to find out what was going on. After the stool sample results came back, I put in place some simple changes that helped to reverse the results.
I’ve just completed a follow-up stool sample test and since then, two years later (which isn’t a lot when you’re 50!) my leaky gut has now gone, along with all those horrible symptoms! Yippeee…..
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So, what did I do?
Firstly, I made some simple diet changes to change some bad habits that had crept up on me:
- Added bone broth to my diet (easy to add this into a soup);
- Added fermented foods for prebiotics (to feed the gut flora);
- Added specific probiotics that were identified in the report to increase positive gut bacteria;
- Cut down on sugar, processed food and booze (which damages the positive gut bacteria) – not that I did that excessively, you know me….
I also scheduled regular colonics with coffee and colonics with probiotics implants (every 2-3 months) to help replenish the gut with millions of new, healthy gut bacteria and speeds up the recovery time.
Lastly, I looked at what was causing stress in my life (to combat the IBS symptoms I was having) and thought of a few little changes that would have a positive impact on my day to day life.
I focused on what I CAN control (there’s no point creating changes that cause more stress or don’t work) and implementing boundaries that would keep my stressors down. Little things like taking the train into work on a Tuesday as the traffic is particularly bad, which allows me a nice walk from the train station to the Lowry, time to read my book or plan, and primarily no driving stress!!!
Last month I also did a liver test which showed it was all healthy, but to continue my good work, I am doing a 2-week liver cleanse. This involves a shake as my first intake of food, plus plenty of water and herbal teas throughout the day. The cutting out caffeine (so far so good), cutting out alcohol (so far so good) and eating vegan food for 14 days. I do have a little black dress to get into for my party after all and what’s 2 weeks in the grand scheme of things!
So, as you can see, I haven’t changed everything about myself in the last two years to become cleaner and greener. In fact, I’ve only made a few simple changes – adding things in and cutting down (not always out) of others. Plus, I’ve spent time thinking more about changes that will benefit my mental health, as we know that gut-brain connection is so strong with stress.
You don’t have to wait to get healthy at 50. Now is the perfect time to take back some power and make a difference to your health – big or small. Don’t wait until the New Year, when there is so much pressure to make changes. Start now, even just choosing one thing from my health and wellness tips that you know will make a difference to you – dietary or lifestyle.
I know the party season is just about upon us, so I have put together ‘The Party Season Survival Guide’ so you can carry on feeling fabulous!
Believe me, it’s never too late and you have the rest of your life to benefit from it! So, go for it!
Here’s to being 50, fabulous and FIT!
If you’re experiencing any negative health symptoms that you would like to discuss ways that I could help you, please get in touch for advice on which therapy I would suggest.