This Week at OHI


Optimum Health Institute’s Weekly Blogs.
OHI offers a holistic healing program based on ancient spiritual disciplines that promotes healing of your body, mind, and spirit through all-natural, non-medical practices.

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It makes sense that a key component of an effective detoxification diet is completely live, raw, organic vegan food and juices. What might not be as obvious is that the quality of the water you drink during the detoxification process is just as important for optimum results.

The purest alkaline reverse osmosis water with a pH of 7.3, said Amber Santa Cruz of Optimum Health Institute (OHI) Austin, Texas, is ideal. Amber is the Kitchen and Grow House Manager for OHI Austin.

“For the environment that we’ve set up for guests doing the detoxifying cleanse at OHI,” Amber explained, “we wanted to build the water that would be optimum for that experience. Our goal for everything we recommend, from food combining to what we put on the plate, is to make digestion as easy as possible, taking the least amount of energy, so that energy can be used towards healing.”

The OHI San Diego healing mission has been providing the purest drinking water to guests from a custom designed water filtration system since 2009. OHI Austin has also revamped its water filtration system, and now also provides the highest quality water to accompany the detoxification program.

Before the water travels to two dedicated taps, one in the OHI Austin kitchen, and the other at a dining room station, it passes through an elaborate filtration system. Chlorine, fluoride and total dissolved solids – the term for organic materials, magnesium, phosphorous, bacteria and other toxins – are scrubbed from the water through reverse osmosis and carbon filtering. A UV filter zaps microbes.

Then, a mineral infusion adds electrolytes essential for healthy body chemistry, and a coconut filter softens the water and ensures a clean, light, delicious taste.

Acquiring all the information needed to know what type of system would be best for OHI was a long, demanding process; planning alone took approximately six months. Amber researched exactly what was in the municipality’s water supply. She spoke with numerous water experts, and studied possible components for the filtration system from every angle. Each potential challenge was examined, like how removing all chemicals from a water supply could cause undesirable growth of possibly harmful biofilm in water pipes.

Amber and the team of experts working on the project determined that positioning the filtration system closest to the taps for the kitchen and dining room station would minimize the risk of algae growth, and maintain the pristine state of the reverse osmosis water for drinking and food preparation.

Amber strongly urges people to talk to their local water authority and go online to examine the required public documents detailing the composition of their local water. Then, they’ll be able to decide what type of filtration system, if any, might be appropriate for home use.

Drink the purest pH balanced water for a week – or three – as you detoxify your body, quiet your mind and rejuvenate your spirit at OHI missions in San Diego and Austin. Our caring team will support your journey to optimum health and give you the tools you need to continue following the OHI healthy lifestyle program at home. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org, and call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

Sticking with those New Year's Resolutions

So you’ve committed to a single goal for a happier, healthier, more balanced you in this New Year. That goal is in alignment with your true core values. You’ve even created three specific and measurable action steps to help you reach your objective. But at this point, you’re falling short. Don’t give up! There are very specific and effective things you can do to get right back on track.

  1. First, stop beating yourself up. Negativity is not going to motivate you to change your behavior. Instead, focus on what you’ve done right. Even if it was only working on your original action steps for a few days, congratulate yourself. Celebrating even the smallest progress can inspire you to do more.
  2. In that spirit, take a moment to jot down at least a dozen things you accomplished through the years. Reflecting on past successes reminds you that you’ve achieved goals before, and you can certainly do it again.
  3. When you find it impossible to completely change a non-beneficial behavior cold turkey, realize that a “better than” choice is a legitimate step in the right direction. For instance, if you resolved to become a vegetarian this year but you’re craving meat, instead of making it the main part of a meal, including a small amount of chicken in a kale salad is “better than” eating a steak.
  4. Watch a funny movie. Pet a dog. Play with a child. Sing along with your favorite songs. When you’re laughing and in a good mood, your willpower soars. Taking a moment to boost your spirits pays off big when you’re tackling a goal.
  5. Spend time with people you care about. Supportive friends can listen, encourage and inspire you to stick with it. Knowing others respect and believe in you might be just the incentive you require to get back in gear.
  6. You’ve got to move it, move it. Even a 10-minute walk energizes and motivates you. When you feel stuck, get up and go to really get going.
  7. Watch your language. Thinking, “I’ll never reach my goal” is the quickest way to doom your resolution to failure. Eliminate words like “want,” “try,” “never” and “always” from your vocabulary, and see how quickly you start resonating to positive alternatives like “will, am” and “choose” that put you back in the driver’s seat.
  8. Finally, express gratitude. Scientific research has proven that keeping a gratitude journal has a measurable impact on the writer’s determination, attention, enthusiasm, and energy level. When a person is mindfully choosing to be grateful, they cannot simultaneously be focusing on anything negative. Cultivating that “attitude of gratitude” can be just what you need to keep your eyes on the prize, and finally achieve that goal.

Get encouragement, support and inspiration to help you achieve your goals for a healthier you physically, mentally and spiritually at Optimum Health Institute (OHI) missions in San Diego and Austin, Texas. Our caring team can help you detoxify and cleanse your body, quiet your mind and rejuvenate your spirit. You’ll also receive the tools you require to continue your life transformation at home. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org, and call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

The Power of Self-Love

Do you truly love yourself? On the surface, this question might sound like a no-brainer, but when many people take the time to really sit with it and think about it deeply, they often find that the answer is more complicated than a simple yes or no.

What is Self-Love?

At OHI, we think of self-love as a holistic healing practice, and an ongoing process, rather than a simple affirmation. Self-love involves bringing body, mind and spirit into harmony, and maintaining this alignment requires a great deal of focus and dedication.

How Does Self-Love Work?

Two of the key aspects of self-love are acceptance and forgiveness. We have all felt at one time or another that we—or parts of ourselves—were ‘unlovable’ in some way. We carry around powerful burdens of guilt, regret, shame and trauma. And the spiritual and emotional weight of these burdens often prevent us from having the will or drive necessary to heal ourselves, or seek healing in the first place.

That’s why self-love begins with recognizing the crucial connection and interdependence of mind, body and spirit. When we open ourselves up to self-acceptance and forgiveness, we begin to free ourselves from the many burdens that keep us from living healthy, joyous lives.

How a 3-Week Retreat at OHI can Help

At OHI, everything we do is centered around this holistic approach to self-love. Through sharing, meditation, healthy eating and prayer, we give our guests the tools to foster true self-love and continue practicing self-love long after they leave our campuses. Here’s a quick breakdown of how it works:

  • Week One: In week one we focus on the mind, body, spirit connection by cleansing the body with a detoxifying, nutrient rich diet, calming the mind with regular meditation, and renewing the spirit with daily reflection, inspiration and prayer.
  • Week Two: In week two, guests already have begun to feel the renewed energy and positivity that comes with cleansing and detoxifying mind, body and spirit. This is also when we begin learning and exploring the various tools to support us in setting our goals, and making healthier choices for ourselves.
  • Week Three: This is far and away the most popular week of the program because this is when our guests begin to deeply internalize the process of self-love and learn to integrate it into their lives, propelling them toward continued physical, mental and spiritual health in their lives outside the OHI community.

Self-love sounds simple enough, but bringing mind, body and spirit into sustained balance, joy and lasting health requires a great deal of focus and maintenance. Self-love is a journey, and that journey begins right here with the warmth and compassion of the OHI community. The OHI program is a holistic way to enrich your body, mind and spirit – and show yourself some love. Visit our beautiful retreat centers in San Diego and Austin. Call (800) 588-0809 today to book your retreat.

Celebrate Healthy Weight Week at OHI

January 16th-22nd is National Healthy Weight Week, which means it’s a great time to check in with yourself and evaluate your health and dieting habits to make sure you are taking care of your body in a balanced and sustainable way.

What is Healthy Wight Week?

Healthy Weight Week is a public health campaign geared toward spreading awareness about the dangers of crash dieting and unhealthy weight-loss fads in the hopes of promoting long-term healthy lifestyle habits.

From obsessive calorie counting, to dangerous surgical treatments, these so-called weight-loss “solutions” are abusive to the body, and almost always end up backfiring as soon as they come to an end.

Why Don’t Diets Work?

The main problem with most quick-fix diets and treatments is that they are strictly cosmetic. Rather than focusing on nourishing the body with healthy, nutrient-rich foods that promote natural weight loss, they are only concerned with getting you to look a certain way as quickly as possible. This puts a lot of undue stress on the body, which makes these diets impossible to sustain over a long period of time. However, when you go about weight loss with health as your primary goal, and implement your diet as a lifestyle change rather than a temporary fix, your body responds by feeling better and looking better, almost right away. And because you are actually giving your body the nutrients it craves, rather than depriving it of calories, the results are much easier to maintain.

How the OHI Program Promotes Your Overall Health

At OHI, we promote a holistic approach to healthy eating with a cleansing and detoxifying program that results in a number of key health benefits—weight loss being just one of them! From improved digestion, to better circulation and a stronger cardiovascular system, the right diet can improve the way you look and feel from head to toe.

With a vegetable and wheatgrass juice cleanse and a nutrient-rich raw food diet, combined with light exercise, colonic cleanses and proper food combining, you’ll learn sustainable habits that will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, while ridding your body of excess weight and damaging toxins. In just days, you’ll begin to see and feel the results of what a clean, raw diet can do for your weight and overall health.

While next week marks National Healthy Weight Week, maintaining your health is important 365 days a year. The OHI program is a holistic way to enrich your body, mind and spirit. Jumpstart your health with a rejuvenating retreat at OHI San Diego or OHI Austin this Winter. Your body – and your waistline – will thank you. Call (800) 588-0809 today to book your retreat.

Positive Thinking Can Help You Achieve Your New Year Goals

What are your goals for 2017? Better health? More travel? A happier, stress-free lifestyle? No matter what you have planned for 2017, we’re here to tell you that positive thinking can help make your goals a reality.

Why is positive thinking important?

Positive thinking can elevate your mood, lower your anxiety levels, and actually make you healthier. In fact, clinical studies have concluded that positive thinking can produce a number of amazing health benefits, including:

  • Longer life spans
  • Lower levels of stress and depression
  • A stronger immune system
  • Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Improved ability to cope with stressful situations

Think about how you feel when you focus on the negative. If you’ve spent time stressing about your job, worrying about paying off that looming debt, or fixating on the potential outcome of an illness or health issue, you’ve probably noticed that your negative thinking didn’t actually help to ease the situation. Chances are it just made you feel worse.

That’s because negative thinking actually narrows the mind. When you are thinking about a particular fear or worry, the mind has trouble focusing on anything else, meaning that there is no room for other, possibly positive outcomes to break into your mental picture. This can lead to increased stress and anxiety, which can affect your physical and mental health by contributing to cardiovascular problems and nervous disorders. In other words, negative thinking is measurably bad for you. Negative thinking is also self-defeating. After all, when you can’t even imagine a positive outcome, what’s the use in even trying to bring one about?

That’s why positive thinking is such a big part of what we do here at OHI. We believe that positive thinking creates the attitude and mental creativity necessary to produce real, positive results.

So what is positive thinking, exactly?

Positive thinking is more than simply ignoring your problems. In fact, with positive thinking, you face your problems head-on by acknowledging them and finding productive ways to overcome them.

It’s also more than simply thinking happy thoughts. Positive thinking is the disciplined act of creating and holding positive results in your mind, and bringing those results into the real world through consistent, passionate mental work. After all, negativity is seductive and insidious. How many times have you found yourself thinking about nothing in particular, only to be invaded by pessimistic thoughts and ideas? That’s why positive thinking requires practice, focus, and diligence.

At OHI, this is one of the cornerstones of what we do. With daily meditation and prayer, we learn to calm the clutter of our minds and achieve focused mental clarity. We learn how to create productive visions for our lives and forge connections to our desired outcomes that engender the drive and determination required to achieve them. We also learn to release the stress, trauma, and pain that lingers in our minds and clouds our thoughts with negativity.

Whether you’re looking to conquer your New Year goals, overcome a long-term health issue, or simply rejuvenate mind, body and spirit, book your retreat at OHI today, and experience the true power of positive thinking first-hand. Get encouragement, support and inspiration to help you achieve your goals for a healthier you physically, mentally and spiritually at Optimum Health Institute (OHI) missions in San Diego and Austin, Texas. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org, and call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

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