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I Took mindbodygreen's Longevity Class & Here's What I Learned

Ximena Araya-Fischel, M.A
Food & Nutrition Writer
By Ximena Araya-Fischel, M.A
Food & Nutrition Writer
Ximena Araya-Fischel, M.A, is a journalist, IIN graduate integrative health coach, E-RYT 500 lead yoga teacher, and 500-Hour certified Pilates instructor.
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March 16, 2022

It's no surprise that longevity continues to be a popular topic in health and wellness—and with good rationale. From feeling more energized and invigorated to being able to do what you love for decades to come—the true fountain of youth isn't only about living longer, it's also about aging optimally. It involves tuning in to your body's ability to care for itself while learning how the day-to-day choices you make have a tremendous influence on your overall health and quality of life. 

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As a wellness coach, I know that lifestyle and dietary practices can hinder or contribute to living a long, healthful, and joyous life. However, it wasn't until I took mbg's Functional Nutrition Training program that I gained more profound life-changing knowledge at the intersection of integrative wellness, aging, and beyond. 

Its forward-thinking curriculum on health allowed me to, among others, learn what constitutes a blueprint for optimal function. One of my favorite modules of the program: longevity!

My lessons from mbg's longevity course.

After taking the module titled The Secrets of Longevity: How To Ensure the Best Possible Quality of Life at an Old Age, led by Steven Gundry, M.D., I gained a better understanding of how lifestyle choices may affect longevity.

Whether you are looking to elevate your well-being mastery or continue to grow your scope of practice, this class offers a progressive approach to supporting health and keeping you brimming with exuberance for years to come. Here's a tiny, but mighty, taste of the longevity wisdom I gained while taking Gundry's module: 

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1.

Optimizing healthspan is different from lifespan.

At the heart of healthspan versus lifespan lies a paradox: seeking to live to an old age while enjoying the benefits of youth (healthwise). Yet, ironically, for the first time in history, the human lifespan has declined by three years despite modern scientific and technological advancements. To help clarify this phenomenon, Gundry explains how this is truly a byproduct of how we have lived over the decades and suggests that we focus more on our healthspan, not our lifespan. Further, he touches on and busts seven myths to provide sounder context to the topic of longevity, such as "saturated fat should not be demonized" and "milk does a body good," to name a few.

2.

Blue Zones have a lot to teach us.

Gundry points out how the thread that connects all Blue Zones, or areas where people live the longest, is the minimal consumption of animal protein. Although these regions consume grains, saturated fat, or high amounts of carbohydrates, he indicates why distinguishing between types of carbohydrates and fat is essential to good health.

3.

Gut health is essential.

According to Gundry, a cornerstone to a life well lived is our gut health, and in this module, he outlines ways to give our gut bacteria what they need to flourish. From intermittent fasting to incorporating longevity-friendly foods into one's diet, he presents an action plan to help support well-being—which hinges on uncomplicated ideas to help anyone feel better and rejuvenated from the inside out.

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The takeaway.

Gundry's class on longevity equipped me with the tools to better understand the science of aging. The topics above are a glimpse of the various functional nutrition materials you will learn at mbg's cutting-edge Functional Nutrition Training program. So if you are ready to deepen your wellness genius, I highly recommend checking out this program.

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Ximena Araya-Fischel, M.A
Ximena Araya-Fischel, M.A
Food & Nutrition Writer

Ximena Araya-Fischel, M.A, is a journalist, IIN graduate integrative health coach, E-RYT 500 lead yoga teacher, and 500-Hour certified Pilates instructor from San José, Costa Rica. She received her master's degree in communication and journalism from The University of New Mexico, emphasizing well-being, sustainable fashion, health communication research, and graduating Summa Cum Laude. A former professional dancer, she's earned multiple academic and accredited certifications in performance design, positive psychology, doula training, entrepreneurship, digital marketing, mindfulness, innovation leadership, and integrative health. Her work has appeared at top consulting brands and organizations across Latin American and the US, including Byrdie and Albuquerque The Magazine. She currently lives between Costa Rica and New Mexico.