This Week at OHI


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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.

Here's to a Healthy Colon

When it comes to total body health, nothing is more important than a clean, healthy digestive system. There are plenty of foods, products and natural remedies out there to boost digestion and promote colon health. Here are just a few:

Sprouted Grains

Sprouted grains contain more fiber, antioxidants, and amino acids than unsprouted grains, while improving the body’s ability to absorb nutrients and vitamins. They can work wonders on your colon health and digestion. Grains can be difficult to digest, however, so the key is to work them into your diet in a balanced way.

Fermented foods

Fermented foods are delicious, easy to make, and loaded with gut and colon-friendly probiotics. Although you can create a fermentation kit out of things you have around the kitchen, if you want to get serious about making your own fermented foods, it’s important to have the right tools.

Coriander Seeds

Coriander has a lot of well-known health benefits, which is why it has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. It can help with high blood pressure, and it has powerful, cell-producing antioxidant qualities. Coriander also helps to naturally relax contracted digestive muscles. This means that it can help with a wide range of digestive disorders, including IBS, indigestion, and diarrhea. Raw ground coriander makes for a delicious spice that can be used in soups, or sprinkled on raw vegetables.

Enrich your body, mind and spirit with a life-affirming visit to the Optimum Health Institute in San Diego or Austin, Texas. Our caring team can help you achieve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual goals for optimal health. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org, and call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

Raw Foods: A Healthy Tradition with Deep Roots

At the time Optimum Health Institute (OHI) opened its doors, one of the key healing lifestyle program elements – a live, raw, organic vegan diet – was not widely embraced by mainstream America. Now, 40 years later, OHI is going strong, and the number of people choosing a vegetarian or largely meat-free lifestyle in the U.S. is near 30 million. Raw food restaurants are sprouting up everywhere. Even conventional supermarkets and big box stores are jumping on the organic produce bandwagon.

While choosing live, raw, organic vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts over animal proteins might seem like a relatively recent trend, the practice has very deep roots. Biblical scripture and the ancient Essene gospels both advise the divine wisdom of maintaining a strict raw vegan diet for optimum health of body, mind and spirit.

Throughout history, brilliant people have touted the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle -- Pythagoras, Hippocrates, Buddha, Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Gandhi, and Steve Jobs, to name a few.

Even traditional western medicine is warming to the idea. The Mayo Clinic and Harvard Medical School are among the groups advising that a well-planned vegetarian diet can help you stay healthy, and reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.

The growth in popularity of raw vegan foods is closely tied to the history of OHI. When a Boston-area woman was diagnosed with colon cancer in the early 1950’s, she chose to follow her Lithuanian grandmother’s approach to healing – using weeds and wheatgrass – and went into complete remission. The woman, Ann Wigmore, devoted the next 35 years of her life to studying and teaching others about the healing benefits of live, raw, organic vegan foods. In 1956 she founded the “Red Schoolhouse,” which would evolve into Hippocrates Health Institute.

In 1976, two of OHI’s founders, Raychel Solomon and Pam Nees, attended a lecture by the author of the book, How I Conquered Cancer Naturally . Eydie Mae Hunsberger switched to Ann Wigmore’s raw vegan food plan after her breast cancer diagnosis, and also went into complete remission. She was eager to answer Raychel and Pam’s questions at her presentation. After meeting Eydie Mae, Raychel studied with Ann Wigmore at Hippocrates, and experienced for herself the healing power of a strict live, raw organic vegan lifestyle. Later that same year, Raychel, Pam and Pam’s husband Bob Nees, Sr., opened Hippocrates West in San Diego County, California.

The groundbreaking concept at the heart of Hippocrates and Hippocrates West was deceptively simple. Recreate your lifestyle, starting with switching to a primarily raw foods diet, and let the healing begin. Fueled by the healthiest, freshest vegan nutrients, people could more easily defog and quiet their minds, and feel a renewed, heart-centered connection to God.

Hippocrates West soon evolved into The Optimum Health Institute, and became a healing ministry of the Free Sacred Trinity Church.

The parallel growth of both the raw foods movement and OHI became deeply personal in 1997. Bob’s sister-in-law, Mary Helon Nees, was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. She and Bob’s brother, the Rev. Russell Nees, refused to accept her doctor’s grim prognosis, and instead strictly followed OHI’s raw vegan food plan, with lots of wheatgrass juice. Mary Helon went into remission, and became a strong advocate of adopting a plant-based diet.

As the raw foods movement continues to gain new adherents nationwide, OHI is more than keeping up with the growing interest. OHI has enhanced its dining experience by creating a new 21-day menu, offering delicious, gourmet restaurant caliber live, raw, organic vegan dishes at each lunch and dinner for the entire three weeks of the holistic healing program.

Come experience what “healthy” tastes like with a one, two or three week stay at our healing missions, OHI San Diego and OHI Austin in Texas. Our caring staff is eager to give you the unconditional support, inspiration and transformational tools you require to bring your body, mind and spirit into healthy balance in a serene, peaceful setting. Help us celebrate 40 Years of Holistic Healing. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org, and call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

Lesser Known Benefits of Colon Cleansing

At OHI, our three-week program teaches the importance of proper ingestion, digestion, and elimination as the basis of a healthy body, mind and spirit! It’s important to put an emphasis on a happy healthy colon and the role that colon cleansing plays in your overall health and well-being. Here are a few of the lesser-known benefits of colon cleansing:

1. Immune System

As much as 70% of the immune system’s optimum function can be driven by how well the colon functions.

2. More Energy

Colon cleansing clear toxins out of the body. This process can help naturally improve circulation in the bloodstream, which means better oxygen flow and increased energy levels.

3. Healthier Skin

High levels of body toxins take a toll on your organs, including your skin. Many people report clearer, brighter, healthier-looking skin after colon cleansing treatments.

4. Weight Loss

As your body strains to fight off toxins, your body’s other natural energy functions slow down. This includes your metabolism. Getting rid of burdensome toxins means allows your body to refocus that energy on boosting your metabolism and helping you burn off excess weight.

5. Reduced Acid Levels

Regular colon cleansing will help restore the body’s natural alkaline levels and create a healthier balance.

6. Better concentration

A study by the Harvard Medical School on the “Gut-Brain connection” found that an unhealthy intestine can send disruptive signals to the brain which can impair focus and hamper the ability to concentrate. Colon cleansing can help to clear up that fogginess and keep you a bit throughout the day.

OHI promotes colon cleansing as one aspect of a healthy, well-balanced life. We invite you to book a retreat at OHI and experience the many benefits of being clean from the inside-out!

Experience the energy and clarity of eating and living clean, all in an environment of encouragement, support and spiritual fellowship at the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) healing missions in San Diego and Austin, Texas. During your visit, our caring team can help you achieve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual goals for optimal health. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org, and call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

The Benefits of a 3-Week Cleanse at OHI

You will be amazed at what a huge difference three weeks can make. After a short stay at OHI, community members feel healthier, clear-headed, happier and more energized than before. One of the primary reasons for this quick transformation is the cleansing and nourishing benefits of the OHI diet.

With a diet that consists of raw foods, fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, blood-purifying wheatgrass juice, and colonics to detoxify and aid in digestion, your three-week cleanse at OHI will have you feeling lighter, brighter and full of more energy than you thought possible.

It all starts with a two-and-a-half-day vegetable juice fast to help jump-start the cleansing process. From there, guests move on to a diet of raw organic vegan meals. A difference can be seen in just a few days

During the second week, toxins that have built up in your system are noticeably diminished. Your energy and strength start to surge as your immune system regains its natural vigor. Whether it’s chronic headaches, fatigue, or symptoms related to a long-term illness, guests have reported that symptoms become less severe.

After the third week, the body reaches a healthy alkaline balance and guests notice improvements in their ability to concentrate and quiet the mind. This is also when weight loss becomes pronounced, with guests shedding off the pounds on their way to a healthier, happier lifestyle!

With newfound energy, and stronger, healthier bodies, guests leave OHI with a fresh new outlook on healthy eating and positive living. With body, mind and spirit aligned and focused on positive results, good health is within reach.

A 3-Week Stay at OHI is Best for Body, Mind, Spirit

You don’t develop non-beneficial behaviors impacting your health overnight, and you don’t bring them into balance quickly, either. The first step towards optimum health is releasing the idea that an “instant fix” is possible. True healing involves patiently working through layers of old habits to gently – and permanently – make the necessary changes. The Optimum Health Institute (OHI) 21-day program was designed specifically to guide guests to wellness in a step-by-step process, with each week logically leading into the next.

Week 1: A Good Start

The first week inspires you to become more aware of the body, mind and spirit connection. Through the detoxification diet, full class schedule and fellowship activities, you immediately begin to feel improvements in all areas of your life. Without processed foods, meat, sugar, and dairy, every cell of your body starts to “wake up.”

Weeks 1 + 2: A Deeper Understanding

Building on the foundation you created the first seven days, the next week delivers more powerful tools as you explore deep inside your heart and mind. Get in touch with emotions you might have been stuffing down for decades. Clarify and commit to your values. Learn to communicate effectively. Touch into the limitless joy that self-love and a cleansing diet can bring.

Weeks 1 + 2 + 3: Putting It All Together

After 14 days of releasing self-limiting thoughts and behaviors, all the while nourishing your body with cleansing foods, you’re ready to integrate everything you’ve learned. In your final week at OHI, constructive new behaviors will have time to become positive new habits, empowering you to create optimum health as you take the program home. You’ve not only experienced the transformational difference an organic, live, raw vegan lifestyle can make – you’ve had hands-on experience in creating it.

3 Weeks Add Up Financially, Too

You get a special savings of 5% when you stay two consecutive weeks, and 10% when staying 3 consecutive weeks. Pay $1,170 (Tuition + Facility Improvement Fee) and just $140 for your room during your 4th week stay when all four stays occur within a 12-month period. That’s savings up to $680 on your room. Better yet, for your 4th week stay, invite a friend or loved one who has never stayed with us and they can enjoy this same great offer.

Find the time you require for making the healthiest choices for your body, mind and spirit at the OHI missions in San Diego and Austin, Texas. Come help us celebrate 40 Years of Holistic Healing. Our caring team will give you the tools, encouragement, and inspiration to kick destructive old lifestyle habits to the curb, and adopt beneficial and healing new ones. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org , and call us at (800) 588-0809 to make your reservation.
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