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When it comes to our health and well-being, one message is certain: “Our health is our responsibility, not our doctor’s,” says Dave Berkheimer, owner of Healthy Green Solutions in Ocean Isle Beach. One of the best ways to take charge of our own health is by educating ourselves.

The start of a new year often means a renewed interest in our diet, exercise, or overall health regimens. Maybe this is the year to think outside of conventional medicine?

Berkheimer appreciates the role of traditional physicians but suggests individuals also consider working with “a doctor who is trained in functional medicine–including Naturopathy or Chiropractic. Functional practitioners work to locate the source of an illness or health concern and address the root cause.”

Non-traditional types of healthcare take into account the whole being—physical, emotional, and spiritual—and focus on the root cause rather than treating the symptoms. In conventional medicine, symptoms are typically treated with pharmaceuticals. Non-traditional modalities like diet, nutrition, environment, and the mind, when combined, help us achieve our long-term well-being goals, by understanding how our body works as a whole, and recognizing its imbalances.

Berkheimer has a degree in Chemical Engineering and spent most of his career in the oil and gas industry in research and engineering, but also in marketing and planning. His interest in helping people enjoy healthier lives began when his mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement, memory, and speech among other motor and non-motor skills. Berkheimer and his family had been told by doctor’s that there was no hope of improving her memory.

“And we believed them until a speech pathologist told my mother that part of her job was to help her maintain and possibly improve her memory,” Berkheimer says. That’s when he began to question what else the doctor’s had or hadn’t told him, and put his research skills to good use, looking for more holistic approaches to Parkinson’s.

Sadly, Berkheimer’s mother passed away before he could help her, but the journey encouraged him to launch Healthy Green Solutions in late 2015. Through extensive research, Berkheimer believes he has found the right combination of products for both the general public and practitioners that cover the two tenets of holistic health: nutrient-rich food and a clean environment.

“One of the easiest ways to stay healthy is to grow what you eat,” says Berkheimer. For instance, one of the products Berkheimer sells allows people grow their own fresh, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables anywhere, year-round. “There’s no dirt involved, and it uses less than ten percent of the water that traditional gardening does, so it’s environmentally friendly,” Berkheimer says. Anything that grows above ground can be planted—over twenty different fruits and vegetables.

For those on-the-go people who simply do not have time to cultivate their own crops, Healthy Green Solutions also offers natural fruits and vegetables in powder form. “One of the products I sell has been producing capsules, powders, and chewables that have the nutrition of thirty fruits, vegetables, and grains for over twenty-five years. And they aren’t supplements, but food,” explains Berkheimer. Nutrition is a foundation to optimum health. By making the effort to eat healthy foods that promote vital physical and mental health, we are supporting a strong immune system and helping to prevent disease by enhancing the body’s ability to heal itself.

In addition to nutrition, it’s important to consider the environmental factors that also take a toll on our health. In an effort to make our homes more energy efficient, we’ve increased indoor air pollution.

According to Berkheimer, “We live in a toxic world. By addressing the environmental issues, you are also addressing your personal health. And the tighter you seal your home, the less pure your air.” Air purification systems can remove dust particles, pollen, mold spores, pet dander, and dust mites and kill germs and bacteria in the air and on surfaces.

Since late 2015, Berkheimer has expanded his business significantly, trying to help others avoid going through what his mother did in the last year of her life. In addition, he offers high-quality hemp oil, anti-aging products, water purification, and Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy (PEMF) devices to reduce pain and inflammation.

For more information on these and other Healthy Green Solutions products and services:
Visit www.healthygreensolutionsllc.com or call 910-632-3287.

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