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I highly recommend Your Guided Health Journey for helping you heal! It was my very first time doing a detox and now I plan on incorporating them into my life forever going forward. It helped me learn a lot about myself, my eating habits, and my culture’s eating habits. I also feel so much better physically than I did before. It has helped me in a huge number of ways like with my mood, sleep, and overall health. Melissa made everything easy to understand and easy to incorporate into my life. All you need is the desire to make it work!

Emily Royalty

Murfreesboro, TN

Today I want to share with you some exciting news as to what more I will be learning over the next 6 months!  I’ve just signed up for Dr Cabral’s High Performance Health Certification, a brand-new program he has created that is going to focus on anti-aging and increasing your health span!!

I will be learning how to run a lab test that will assess your biological age vs your calendar age, and then learn how to slow your biological aging to 0.84 for every calendar year, so that you can easily live to 100+ years old. That is my dream and I want to take everyone with me that wants to jump on that bandwagon, because I still have so much more to do in this life.

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If you’re aging faster than your chronological age (which most people are) then this program will be something you want to know about and be able to help you reduce your biological age using proven breakthroughs in longevity science.

I Will Also Be Learning:

  • the Top 10 Mortality Tests to run on an annual basis for early detection.
  • Understand how to help you use the Oura ring, Hanu HRV, Whoop, Apple Watch, and other biometric trackers to improve their health.
  • Learn the best strategies for maximizing Deep & REM Sleep cycles. 
  • Combine multiple healthy biohacking strategies at the same time to create 20-minute rejuvenating HPH™ Protocols that you can easily build into your life.
  • Access the latest cutting-edge research on reversing Alzheimer’s, dementia, arterial plaque, and much more! 
  • Use the science-backed, longevity supplement protocols at just the right dosage and timing to reverse and slow aging. How amazing will that be! I have heard that 40 is the new 20, or 50 is the new 30, well let’s make a 100 the new 75!
  • I will be able to use science backed protocols at just the right dosage and timing to help you reverse and slow the signs of skin aging and hair loss with state-of-the-art treatment protocols and products.
  • I will know before anyone else the coming breakthroughs in anti-aging therapies because this is an area that Dr. Cabral is dedicated to researching and will be sharing it with all of those that will be going through this program.

I’m excited about this program, because once I help people optimize their health, they want to know what is next and now I will be able to provide that as well.  In the next 5 – 10 years we will have massive breakthroughs in this arena and so I love that I’m getting into it now and can be front and center when everything that is currently being tested in labs comes to market!  Things like ghost organs, which are organs specific to your body, that can be used in transplants, as well as stem cell research, which can repair joints without surgery and even bring back eyesight!

We’ve all been told that we’re living longer and that is true – the research from the World Bank shows that in the year 1980, the average N American man lived to age 70 and women to age 77. By 2020 that had risen to 76 for men and 81 for women.  However, even though we are living longer, it doesn’t mean we are thriving, as the average amount of time spent in a nursing home today is 10 years, and that isn’t quality of life. In addition to that, we are much more heavily medicated today compared to just 20 years ago!

According to a report published by the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science in 2019, the average number of prescription medications per person in the United States was 12 in 2017, while the average number of over-the-counter medications per person was approximately 7.  Compare that to the year 1999 – 2000, a report published by the National Center for Health Statistics, indicates the average number of prescription drugs used by individuals aged 60 and over in the United States was 2.6.

In just 17 to 18 years, we have gone from 2.6 to 12, and in 1999 to 2000 they were only looking at individuals over age 60. Whereas in the other report they didn’t specify an age, it just said the average American.

There Is Work To Be Done!

However, I’m excited by the fact more and more people are prioritizing their health and noticing the benefits of doing so.  I have several clients in their 20s that are learning how to do this now, and I love it as they will have this knowledge for life and can share it with their families. Their children will grow up in a world of taking preventative action in their health and it being their “normal”.  I also have clients in their 60s, 70s and 80s looking to ensure they are in the best possible health, so they can fully enjoy their retirement, and the years they have left! It doesn’t matter where you are at in your calendar age, there is more we can do to ensure your health span is elongated so you can live a life of purpose, fulfillment, and joy for as long as possible!

What is Health Span?

Health span refers to the period of our lives when we are healthy, functional, and free from chronic diseases. It’s a concept that is gaining popularity as more people seek to improve their quality of life and age gracefully.

Maintaining a long health span requires a combination of healthy lifestyle habits, including regular physical activity, a nutritious diet, and stress management.

Here are some tips for promoting a long and healthy health span, and these are not in any particular order, as they are all important. As always if you need help, please reach out to me, because I would love to be able to guide you through this process of extending your health span.

Exercise Regularly

Physical activity is essential for maintaining a healthy body and mind. It can help to prevent chronic diseases, improve cardiovascular health, and boost your mood. Aim to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week.  Humans used to walk 15 miles per day and now we barely walk 15 miles per week, we simply aren’t moving our bodies enough. If you are not moving your body at all you just want to start out by aiming to walk 10,000 steps a day. You won’t be able to do that on day one. On day one you are going to go out and walk 3,000 or 4,000 steps and maybe by day five you can move that up to 7,000 or 8,000 steps, then maybe on day ten you can move up to 10,000 steps. Then do that consistently every day for three weeks, and then you can start adding in more moderate intensity exercise.

Eat A Healthy Diet

A nutritious diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein can help to support a healthy immune system, improve brain function, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Limit your intake of processed foods, sugary drinks, and saturated fats. You can run labs to ensure your mineral and vitamin levels are optimal and if not, adjust them so they are! You can also run a lab to ensure your Omega 3 levels are optimal, these are your anti-inflammatory essential fatty acids, and unfortunately 80% of the population is deficient in them, as they have too many Omega 6s in their diet, which is the inflammatory essential fatty acids that creates inflammation in the body.


We have introduced 144,000 man-made chemicals since WWII and it’s just too much for our body to deal with, and our liver is getting bogged down as it has to process all these toxins that get into our body through our food, our water, our air, and products we put on our skin. Not to mention our liver is undernourished due to our depleted soil systems that result in nutrients no longer being accessible through our food system, and as such we are missing key nutrients that help our liver convert the toxins to being water soluble so we can excrete them through our urine, bowels, sweat and breath.  When we can’t excrete our toxins, our inflammation levels rise, and our liver is very smart, and it will store those toxins in our fat closets to keep them out of our blood stream.

However, our fat closets are in our brain, our breasts (in women) and anywhere we carry extra weight on our body. I don’t know about you; however, I don’t want toxins running around in my brain or my breasts – we have enough neurological diseases and breast cancer happening already, I don’t want to be another statistic.

Manage Stress

Chronic stress has negative effects on your health, including increased inflammation and a weakened immune system. Much of the population is living in a chronic state of stress, and looking around and seeing everyone else living in stress thinking it is normal and it is ok. It isn’t, because it negatively impacts the health of our gut, which 70% of our immune system is housed in our gut. This then weakens our immune system, chronic stress increases inflammation in our bodies, and so over time stress is shortening our health span and our life span. We have to insure we are looking after ourselves and practicing stress-reducing techniques like meditation, deep breathing, or yoga. Anything that brings you joy, so that you can be present and be mindful and slow down and get off that “go, go, go” hamster wheel. You can go back and check out my podcast episodes 17 – 20 to learn more about stress and how you can balance it out with stress reducing activities.

Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is essential for our physical and mental health. It also helps us manage our stress, as when we get more sleep, we are more stress resilient. Sleep helps to repair and restore our bodies, sleep will improve brain function, and regulate hormones. Not only our sex hormones, but our satiety hormones, letting and gremlin too. When we get enough sleep, our body can produce leptin to let us know when we are getting full, so we can stop eating. If we are just getting grehlin, our hunger hormone, we are going to overeat. When we aren’t getting enough sleep, we’ll be low on energy, our body will produce grehlin to get us to eat, so the body gets more energy, however we end up taking on too many calories – sleep would have served our energy levels better!   You want to be aiming to get 7-9 hours of sleep per night. You can go back and check out my podcast episodes 5 – 8 to learn more about sleep and how you can optimize it.

Stay Socially Connected

Maintaining social connections is so important for human beings. We are social beings, and it will help to reduce stress, improve mental health, and promote a sense of purpose. Make time for friends and family, join clubs or organizations, or volunteering in your community is really a powerful step in extending your health span, especially after you have retired from work. When you are no longer going to work anymore,  you no longer have a “community” at your workplace, you need to find other communities so that you do have a purpose, a reason to get up in the morning. People are counting on you, and you feel good in yourself, especially if its volunteer work because you are giving back.

By following these tips, you can help to promote a long and healthy health span. Remember, it’s never too late to start taking care of your health. Small changes can have a big impact on your quality of life and help you to age gracefully.

When we don’t follow these steps, our body starts to breakdown. Once we hit 40, the body doesn’t have the micronutrients, omegas, phytonutrients, enzymes needed to function optimally. So, we have to do more to give our body what it needs. When we are lacking these nutrients, it causes the body’s repair system to breakdown and then the cells become more damaged, which increases inflammation, which then results in more damage and so we get into a negative cycle. Understanding this and learning what you can be doing in order to be ensuring that your body is getting what it really needs is really important.

A diet high in nutrient dense foods can give the body what it truly needs, and optimizing sleep and ensuring we are not over exercising also allows for the body to get optimal repair time.  Understanding how to do that for yourself is overwhelming, however with all the new tools I will learn over the next 6 months, I will be able to help you not only optimize your health for today, I’ll also be able to help you lengthen your health span!

I look forward to sharing more with you as I learn.  Please also reach out to me if this topic interests you, so I can ensure you are kept in the loop as to what is coming! We are living in exciting times when it comes to our ability to lengthen our health span.

I hope you are as excited as I am! Please feel free to share this article with others who may need this information. It’s important information for people to know.

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