One of the foundational goals of all complimentary modalities is to work in symbiosis with traditional (allopathic) medicine. This is especially true in the Organic/Natural Foods world where more people than ever are turning for advice when they learn of a medical diagnosis for themselves, a family member or friend.

At Harmony Farms Natural Foods Store we believe in educating customers and working with them to provide the best Organic/Natural options to facilitate healing. The first aspect we consider is diet. You want your body to become strong in order to overcome your health challenge, and the best way to ensure this is to make sure you are consuming the foods that are best for you. Eating organic foods to the extent possible is essential as these foods contain fewer of the toxins that inhibit your body’s natural healing abilities. Typically, organic foods are higher in nutritional value, are more easily absorbed, and provide more effective support to your immune system.

A diet guided by your blood type

We believe that following the guidelines outlined by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo in Eat Right For Your Type is imperative for building the strength of all your body’s systems. Many customers tell us that simply changing their diet to match their blood type eliminated many of their health challenges. For example, if you are a Blood Type A, you are a natural vegetarian. The components of your blood produce different types of enzymes and bacteria than those with Blood Type O, who are more oriented for eating meats. While consuming meats is not impossible for a Type A, doing so is more difficult on the body as they are more difficult to digest, cause gas and bloating, and generate more heat in the body. The Type A should take extra precautions when consuming meats so as to facilitate the digestive process and cause less stress to both the digestive system and the immune system.

Drink your filtered water

No matter your health condition, whether you have been diagnosed with a health challenge or are ready to run a marathon, you should be drinking half your body weight in ounces each day. So, if you are 130 pounds you need 65 ounces of water per day. Coffee and sodas do not count as they inhibit hydration. Teas, fruit juices and water do count, so it is easier than you think. Your body must be properly hydrated for all your systems to function at their best.

Supplements from a trusted source

When you have a health challenge, there are vitamins and herbs that may assist in bringing you back to optimum health. Remember, many of both over-the-counter and prescription drugs marketed today have botanical origins. And, while herbs and other botanicals may take longer to work, they can most definitely provide healing benefits. Make sure you are taking the proper vitamins and herbs for your health challenge and for your everyday routine. Buying your supplements from a trusted source is critical, so please opt to purchase at a location where the employees are knowledgeable and can assist you with any questions you may have. It is vitally important that you follow your doctor’s recommendations and that you also do your own research and educate yourself thoroughly, and then purchase your supplements from a trusted source.

Get plenty of sleep

It is essential that you achieve the REM Sleep Cycle each night so that your body is able to begin to heal itself from the wear and tear of the daily grind and from your health challenges. If you do not sleep well, the healing process will be much more difficult. In fact, even if you are doing everything else right, your lack of deep sleep could undermine all those other efforts. Healing begins with what you put into your mouth and continues with deep, healing sleep.

Steve and Nancy say, "You Are What You Eat!"

Steve and Nancy say, “You Are What You Eat!”

When you receive a diagnosis of a health challenge, please take the time to educate yourself not only about your particular health issue, but also about the complementary treatment opportunities that exist. And remember, one of the best ways you can help your body achieve optimum health is through the use of the best organic and natural foods, vitamins and herbs. Your body, mind, and spirit will thank you!

By Nancy Long, ND    Harmony Farms

Contact Steve Long and Nancy Long, ND, at Harmony Farms Natural Foods Store, 5653 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh, NC 27606. Phone 919-782-0064 and visit www.Harmony-Farms.net.