Gut health: Taking care of your digestive tract is crucial. Factors like multiple antibiotic use can disrupt gut health. Incorporating foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, collagen, bone broth, and supplements like marshmallow root can support a healthy gut. I also recommend probiotics and enzymes to help maintain your gut lining to prevent leaky gut.

The term Blue Zones has been used to describe places where people live long and healthy lives. What exactly does it take to live a long and healthy life? What is the science and the secret behind longevity and life extension? In this series, we are talking to medical experts, wellness experts, and longevity experts to share “5 Things You Need To Live A Long, Healthy, & Happy Life”. As a part of this series, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Dr. Ben Galyardt.

Dr Ben Galyardt, D.C. is the Founder and CEO of F8 Well Centers, and The Galyardt Method. He is also a world recognized speaker in Neurofeedback and Brain Regeneration. After successfully treating thousands of patients in his Colorado office he decided to bring his Galyardt Method to other parts of the country by opening satellite offices. He now leads and teaches his Galyardt Method to all of our doctors across the country while also working one on one with patients.

He has spent the rest of his life learning these methods from the top name doctors across the country. He was an expert in Functional Medicine before it was even called Functional Medicine.

Dr. Galyardt’s Board Certifications, Degrees and Training include:

  • Board Certified in Integrative Medicine
  • Certified Neurofeedback Practitioner
  • International College Applied Kinesiology (AK)
  • Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET) Certification
  • Trigenics Practitioner
  • Certified by the American Functional Institute in Functional Neurology
  • Advanced Muscle Integration Technique (AMIT)
  • Autonomic Response Testing (ART) by Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt
  • Bachelors from Syracuse University in Health and Exercise Science
  • Graduated from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas
  • CEO and Founder of F8 Well Centers in Fort Collins Colorado and Tennessee


Thank you so much for joining us! Our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you tell us a bit about your ‘backstory’?

Sure, I’d be happy to share my backstory. I have been involved in functional medicine for over 20 years, with a focus on identifying the root cause of diseases and health issues. This approach involves studying underlying issues in the body that may be contributing to health problems.

My personal connection to functional medicine comes from watching my mom struggle with multiple sclerosis (MS). Seeing her have to leave her job as a teacher, rely on a cane, and take various medications was difficult, and I felt like her health was on a downward spiral. Thankfully, she found doctors who practiced functional medicine and they were able to identify underlying issues such as inflammation that were contributing to her disease. Through their work, my mom was able to heal from MS and even recently celebrated her 80th birthday by using a leaf blower on the roof!

I understand firsthand how devastating autoimmune diseases such as MS, Lupus, and Hashimoto’s can be, and I am happy to use my experience to help others in this domain. If you’re wondering how the body can attack its own tissue and how this happens, I would be happy to explain the underlying issues that can contribute to autoimmune diseases.

Can you share with us the most interesting story from your career? Can you tell us what lessons or ‘takeaways’ you learned from that?

Absolutely, I’d love to share an interesting story from my career. One of the most amazing aspects of my work is seeing the success stories of patients who have overcome their health issues. I have seen numerous patients with gut issues, autoimmune diseases such as fibromyalgia and Hashimoto’s, and other conditions that can be debilitating. However, through functional medicine and identifying the underlying issues, we have been able to help these patients reverse the effects of their conditions and restore their health.

One particular success story that stands out to me involved a patient with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This patient had been to numerous doctors and tried a variety of treatments, but nothing seemed to work. Through functional medicine, we were able to identify the underlying issues causing the IBS and create a personalized treatment plan for the patient. After following the plan and making some lifestyle changes, the patient’s symptoms improved dramatically, and they were able to resume normal activities that they had previously been unable to do.

The lesson I learned from this experience is that there is always hope for those struggling with health issues. By thinking outside of the box and identifying the root causes of disease states, we can give patients a chance to heal and live a full life. Removing harmful factors from the body and addressing underlying issues is the key to reversing the effects of disease and restoring health.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful for who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

I would love to share a story about someone who has had a significant impact on my life and career. As I reflect on my journey, there are many people who have played a role in shaping my perspective and approach to functional medicine.

One person who stands out to me is Tim Francis. Tim taught me the basics of nutrition and the importance of addressing underlying imbalances in the body. His teachings have been invaluable in helping me to develop a personalized approach to treating patients.

Another person who has been instrumental in the functional medicine movement is George Goodheart. He is considered the godfather of the movement and emphasized a step-by-step approach to medicine, which aligns with my philosophy of addressing the underlying issues causing disease states.

Dr. Mark Hyman is another key figure who has contributed to moving the functional medicine movement forward. He and other foundational figures have stood for a holistic approach to healing, focusing on the basics and simple things rather than just settling for surgery or pills.

I am grateful for the influence of these individuals, as well as others in the functional medicine community who have helped shape my approach to patient care. I have also been able to connect with a wider audience through social media platforms like Tik Tok, allowing me to reach and help more people on their journey to optimal health to the tune of 225,000!

You are a successful leader. Which three character traits do you think were most instrumental to your success? Can you please share a story or example for each?

As a successful leader, I attribute my success to three character traits. Firstly, my sheer grit and determination, which I learned from my mother’s resolve to defeat a debilitating disease. Her determination to fight and be present for important moments in life, such as my wedding and seeing her grandchildren graduate, instilled in me a never-give-up attitude. Secondly, I have the trait of wanting to fight through the noise of marketing and convince people to change their mindset about health. I firmly believe that we should not settle for a pill or ignore the role of food in our health. Lastly, I have faith and hope that things can get better, and we are here to love and support one another. When working with clients, I try to instill this same hope and love, helping them achieve a happier and fuller life. It is one of the hallmarks of our hiring practice, that we genuinely care about — what we were put on this planet to do.

Ok, thank you for all that. Now let’s shift to the main focus of our interview about health and longevity. To begin, can you share with our readers a bit about why you are an authority in the fields of health, wellness, and longevity? In your opinion, what is your unique contribution to the world of wellness?

We can meet people where they are, they are sick and tired and grumpy and go shoulder to shoulder getting them to a place of health.

I was hooked on learning more about Functional Medicine after seeing my mom get diagnosed with MS and also cure herself in a non traditional way. My work which incorporates the latest in genetic science, systems biology, as well as an understanding of how environmental and lifestyle factors influence the emergence and progression of disease make for a very positive solution for the clients who see my and the team. I call myself The Hope Dealer.

Seekers throughout history have traveled great distances and embarked on mythical quests in search of the “elixir of life,” a mythical potion said to cure all diseases and give eternal youth. Has your search for health, vitality, and longevity taken you on any interesting paths or journeys? We’d love to hear the story.

In my search for health, vitality, and longevity, I have ventured into various paths and journeys. One of the key principles I follow is understanding the causes of degeneration and disease and then doing the opposite to promote a vibrant life. This approach involves addressing factors such as stress, lack of sleep, excess weight, poor gut health, and overuse of antibiotics.

I firmly believe in exploring ideas to reverse the effects of aging and degeneration. While advancements in medical science may one day allow for organ replacements, it is crucial to focus on preserving our brain health. I often refer to Alzheimer’s as “diabetes type 3” to emphasize the importance of maintaining stable blood sugar levels. By supporting our brain and overall health systems, we can strive for a longer and better quality of life.

It is worth noting that the increase in life expectancy over time can be attributed to the reduction in childhood mortality and the availability of solutions for many ailments that humanity has faced. However, true vitality and a great quality of life beyond 50 years require proactive effort and early investment in our health.

In summary, my journey has led me to recognize the significance of addressing the underlying causes of degeneration and focusing on brain health, among other aspects, for extended and vibrant living.

Based on your research or experience, can you please share your “5 Things You Need To Live A Long & Healthy Life”? (Please share a story or an example for each)

  1. Keep blood sugar stable: Maintaining stable blood sugar levels between 85–110 all day everyday is crucial for minimizing inflammation and preserving brain health. High blood sugar swing states can lead to chronic diseases. I often recommend using continuous glucose monitors to track blood sugar levels and make necessary adjustments. It is the reason why I wrote the book “Blood Sugar doesn’t Lie”. I hear from 20–30 year olds who feel terrible and who are thinking about why they feel so badly even across social media. For them I recommend using that continuous blood sugar monitor and even reverse the effects of feeling badly.
  2. Movement: Regular physical activity is essential, especially as you age. I recall a patient who, despite being older, actively engaged in exercises like burpees and planks. Many people lead sedentary lifestyles, which can be as detrimental to health as smoking. Getting your metabolism going through movement is important for overall health. I think of my 80 year old mom and how vital she is. Take a standing desk or meetings over walks to keep your movement going.
  3. Sunlight exposure: Getting sunlight is vital for obtaining vitamin D and regulating melatonin levels. Many individuals are deficient in sunlight exposure. Spending time outdoors and allowing sunlight into your eyes can have positive effects on overall well-being.
  4. Personalized diet: Discovering the right diet for your body is essential. It should include a variety of nutrient-dense foods, such as vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats. It’s important to find what works best for your body, promotes regular bowel movements, and allows your ring to come off throughout the day, indicating proper digestion. Your poop should be well formed and you should be able to go 1–3 times per day. Your ring should come off ok and you can have lean fats and veggies to help manage blood sugar and inflammation.
  5. Gut health: Taking care of your digestive tract is crucial. Factors like multiple antibiotic use can disrupt gut health. Incorporating foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, collagen, bone broth, and supplements like marshmallow root can support a healthy gut. I also recommend probiotics and enzymes to help maintain your gut lining to prevent leaky gut.

By focusing on these five aspects, individuals can enhance their longevity and overall well-being. It certainly beats living to 80 or 90 years old being relegated to a nursing home sitting in a chair drooling in the corner waiting for the next communication from an orderly. Quality of life can be achieved well into old age.

Can you suggest a few things needed to live a life filled with happiness, joy, and meaning?

Based on my experience as a functional medical practitioner, here are a few things that can contribute to a life filled with happiness, joy, and meaning:

Prioritize metabolic and physical well-being: Taking care of your physical health is essential for overall happiness. This includes maintaining stable blood sugar levels, adopting a nourishing diet, and incorporating appropriate supplements to support your body’s needs.

Cultivate mental and emotional well-being: The state of your mind greatly impacts your quality of life. Anxiety and stress not only diminish happiness but also have long-term metabolic consequences. It’s important to find ways to manage stress and cultivate mental well-being. One effective approach is to spend time in nature.

Connect with nature: Regardless of whether you live in a bustling city or a serene countryside, connecting with nature is crucial. Engaging in activities outdoors and finding moments of quietude away from constant stimulation, such as leaving your phone behind or turning it off, can bring a sense of peace and balance. Our fast-paced, highly stimulated lives can contribute to stress and shorten our lifespan. Taking regular breaks and immersing ourselves in nature can help counteract these effects.

Take a Sabbath: Even if you’re not religious, there is value in incorporating periods of rest and relaxation. Slowing down both the mind and body allows for rejuvenation and reflection. It’s important to create space for quiet and introspection, fostering a deeper sense of meaning and purpose.

By prioritizing both physical and mental well-being, connecting with nature, and embracing moments of rest, we can create a life filled with happiness, joy, and meaning.

Some argue that longevity is genetic, while others say that living a long life is simply a choice. What are your thoughts on this nature vs. nurture debate? Which is more important?

In my opinion, the nature vs. nurture debate when it comes to longevity is not a matter of one being more important than the other. Both genetics (nature) and lifestyle choices (nurture) play significant roles in determining one’s health and lifespan.

While it’s true that some individuals may be born into families with genetic advantages for living longer lives, it doesn’t mean that genetics alone determine our destiny. Our lifestyle choices and the way we care for our bodies can have a profound impact on our overall well-being and lifespan.

For example, despite my family history of cancer and diabetes, I’ve seen individuals who have successfully overcome these genetic predispositions through conscious lifestyle changes and proactive health measures. My father, for instance, is in his late 70s, has never experienced a heart attack, and has never relied on medication, despite the genetic cards he was dealt.

It’s important to recognize that while we cannot change the genetic blueprint we inherit, we have control over the choices we make in our everyday lives. Our dietary choices, level of physical activity, stress management, and overall approach to self-care can significantly influence our health outcomes.

Therefore, I believe that the interplay between nature and nurture is vital. While genetics may provide certain predispositions, it’s our lifestyle choices that can determine how those genetic factors manifest. By making conscious decisions to support our bodies and prioritize wellness, we have the ability to positively impact our health, regardless of our genetic background.

Life sometimes takes us on paths that are challenging. How have you managed to bounce back from setbacks in order to cultivate physical, mental, and emotional health?

In my experience, bouncing back from setbacks and cultivating physical, mental, and emotional health has been achieved through the establishment of a consistent morning routine. As a parent of four boys, life can certainly present its challenges, and it’s easy to find things to stress about. However, by consciously creating my day instead of letting my day create me, I’ve been able to regain control and maintain a positive mindset.

One key aspect of my morning routine involves setting aside time for journaling and prayer. This allows me to reflect, set intentions, and align my thoughts for the day ahead. The specific activities within my routine may vary depending on the season of life I’m in, but the overarching goal remains the same: to focus on what truly matters and give it my all. Stick with your routine even during the challenging times and you will see the miracles you want.

By establishing a daily routine and committing to it, I’ve found that I can navigate through hard times more effectively. This routine provides structure and stability, enabling me to approach challenges with resilience and a sense of purpose. It sets the foundation for my physical, mental, and emotional well-being, helping me bounce back from setbacks and maintain a healthy and balanced life.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Do you have a story about how that was relevant in your life?

One of my favorite life lesson quotes is “Do not be anxious about anything.” This quote is derived from various passages in the Christian Bible that emphasize the importance of letting go of worry and anxiety. It has been relevant in my life on numerous occasions.

There have been times when I found myself caught up in a cycle of anxious thoughts, unable to find peace of mind. However, reflecting on this quote has reminded me of the futility of excessive worrying. It has served as a reminder to let go of the things that are beyond my control and trust in a higher power or a greater plan.

In moments of stress or uncertainty, I have consciously made an effort to put my energy and focus into addressing the situation at hand rather than allowing worry to consume me. This shift in mindset has allowed me to approach challenges with a clearer and calmer perspective.

By internalizing the message of not being anxious, I have been able to cultivate a sense of peace and trust in the face of adversity. It has taught me the importance of surrendering control over things that are outside of my influence and focusing on what I can do in the present moment.

Ultimately, this life lesson quote has provided me with a valuable reminder that everything will be okay, and that by relinquishing unnecessary anxiety, I can navigate through life’s challenges with greater resilience and peace of mind.

You are a person of enormous influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

If I could start a movement that would bring the most good to the most people, it would be to prioritize and promote functional medicine and comprehensive healthcare. I see countless individuals who have struggled with their health, going from one specialist to another, facing dismissive attitudes and uncertainty about their conditions. This leads to wasted time, resources, and immense frustration.

I firmly believe (just as my Tik Tok followers do) in the power of functional medicine to transform lives. I’ve witnessed remarkable transformations firsthand, such as a person who initially weighed 291 pounds and relied on a cane, but within four weeks of receiving appropriate care, lost thirty pounds and began walking seven miles a day. Reflecting on such cases, I wonder what could have been achieved if we had intervened earlier, sparing individuals from unnecessary pain and hardship.

By prioritizing functional medicine and addressing the root causes of health issues, we can save individuals from the burdens they currently endure. This approach not only saves people time and energy, but also has the potential to save the healthcare system billions of dollars. Many people are lost and don’t know where to turn for effective solutions. Starting with the basics, like addressing blood sugar imbalances, can have a significant impact on overall health and well-being.

Through this movement, my mission would be to raise awareness about the importance of repairing and restoring health, offering hope for reversing the effects of disease. By sharing this message widely and advocating for comprehensive healthcare practices, we can empower individuals to take control of their health, improve their quality of life, and create a more sustainable healthcare model for the future.

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This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for the time you spent on this. We wish you only continued success.


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    TEDx Speaker, Media Journalist, Board Certified Wellness Coach, Best-Selling Author & Cancer Survivor

    Savio P. Clemente, TEDx speaker and Stage 3 cancer survivor, infuses transformative insights into every article. His journey battling cancer fuels a mission to empower survivors and industry leaders towards living a truly healthy, wealthy, and wise lifestyle. As a Board-Certified Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC, ACC), Savio guides readers to embrace self-discovery and rewrite narratives by loving their inner stranger, as outlined in his acclaimed TEDx talk: "7 Minutes to Wellness: How to Love Your Inner Stranger." Through his best-selling book and impactful work as a media journalist — covering inspirational stories of resilience and exploring wellness trends — Savio has collaborated with notable celebrities and TV personalities, bringing his insights to diverse audiences and touching countless lives. His philosophy, "to know thyself is to heal thyself," resonates in every piece.