I want to start by introducing myself. My name is Lila Klingman, and I am the Sales & Marketing Manager at Longevity Care Clinic. I graduated from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, in May of 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a concentration in Biomedical Sciences, and I am a tremendous advocate for holistic medicine.

Several motivations led me to become a biomedical student in the first place. About eight years ago, when I was starting high school, I found out that I had extensive food allergies, which ultimately led me to change my entire diet and made me very interested in nutrition and the types of things we put in our bodies. Fast forward to the beginning of my college career, in which I spent my first semester attending Colorado State University in Fort Collins. I began college as a Nutrition major but quickly found out that I wasn’t interested in being a dietitian and making meal plans for a living. But instead, I was intrigued by the science behind why our bodies respond to different foods the way they do. I fell ill with a septic staph infection and unfortunately received inferior health care during this time. I was on my own, and, at the time, I wasn’t knowledgeable in terms of how to advocate for proper care. I was misdiagnosed repeatedly, which made me even more compelled to learn about the medical field and medical sciences. To add to this, I underwent about six back-to-back rounds of antibiotics, which was very detrimental to my gut microbiome.

I decided to transfer to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs following my first semester of college, where I changed my major from Nutrition to Biology. That decision proved to be very challenging but even more rewarding. About two years into college, I discovered that I had Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, in my left arm. To avoid surgery, I started seeing a holistic therapist & doctor. Through holistic therapy, I learned the importance of controlling stress and inflammation in the body.

I found out how to heal my gut microbiome, which was a big part of the equation that completely transformed my day-to-day health. I started taking fiber and probiotics religiously. I also started eating raw, fermented sauerkraut every night. It might sound gross, but believe it or not, when your body is out of balance, it craves the nutrients it’s lacking. Most importantly, though, I realized how interconnected every part of our bodies is.

I have faced many challenges throughout my life and specifically with my health, but I don’t think I would be where I am if I hadn’t been dealt this hand. Everything to this point has motivated me to help people the way that I sometimes wish I had been helped, which ultimately led me to where I am now. Longevity has the best team out there, and I feel extremely lucky to have found such a wonderful community to be a part of. Everyone on this team is dedicated to helping individuals heal from the inside out and live a healthy & vibrant life.

Suppose I hadn’t sought out a holistic approach to my healthcare. In that case, I firmly believe that my health wouldn’t be in optimal condition, I wouldn’t have met the amazing people that make up Longevity, and I wouldn’t be able to help people to my full potential.