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.

Soaking Away Tension and Stress

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Stress is a significant health problem for most adults, because stress is constantly building from the pressure of work, family, and other obligations. Unfortunately, many people do not take the time necessary to relieve this stress. There are both emotional and physical consequences of overloading oneself with stress, so it is important to learn to harness stress on a daily basis. Soaking in the bath is an excellent stress relief technique that you can utilize every day. It is important to start out your bath with dry brushing your skin.

History of the bathing ritual

Ancient civilizations of the east and west enjoyed baths because of their healing power and luxurious appeal. Bath houses existed in Rome, Japan, and Egypt, and these centers were extravagant structures where the rich and poor would gather to cleanse, socialize, and be entertained. Some bath houses were large enough to fit thousands of patrons, but they generally featured private rooms for more notable citizens. As societies continued to evolve, the bath became a fixture in the home, making baths a more private affair. However, there is still some semblance of ancient bath houses in today’s public saunas and hot tubs.

Physical and spiritual effects

Soaking in a bath heals in two ways. First, the warmth of the bath causes a physiological reaction in the body. The blood vessels dilate and increase circulation, which causes the muscles to relax. Deep tension can be released simply from a long soak in water just over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. As your body relaxes physically, the chemical dopamine is released in the brain to give you a sensation of euphoria and help you let go of the emotional stresses in your life, enhancing your path for spiritual contemplation and connection. 

Enhancing the healing power of your bath

You can unlock more healing power from your soak by adding aromatic salts and oils  that trigger various reactions to help you feel energized, sleepy, sensual, or deeply relaxed. Floral and herbal oils tend to promote more calm sensations while brighter scents such as citrus fruit and juniper berry will excite your senses and wake you up.
The OHI store carries a great selection of essential oils that are perfect for adding to your bath. You can order by calling the OHI store at (888) 643-7867.

Soaking is only one of the many ways to heal yourself holistically. If you are interested in other healing strategies you can discover them through the holistic healing program at Optimum Health Institute. You will learn alongside other guests how to quiet the mind, awaken the spirit, and cleanse the body with prayer, meditation, raw food dieting, detoxing the body and exercise. You can find more details about the OHI program or by calling (800) 993-4325.

Ways to Create Happiness in Your Day

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Happiness is an elusive trait that everyone seems to be after, but no one has a single solution on how to attain it—in part because happiness is perceived differently by each individual. However, there is more to consider when you are trying to create your own happiness and live with a smile on your face. Instead of tackling happiness as a large, singular goal, you can feel happier every day with simple techniques to bring you more joy.

Spend time with friends

People are social creatures, so embrace your desire to interact with others by making more time for your close friends and family. Even taking a short walk with a good friend every day can remind you of the more simple joys in life and help you let go of negative feelings and have an attitude of gratitude.

Do more of what you love

A great start in tapping into your bliss is taking note of the activities that help to make you smile. If you find that you love to prepare dinner for your family, try incorporating more cooking into your routine. If painting makes you feel happy, calm and at peace, then make sure to schedule time to enjoy this magical time. If singing along to your favorite tunes puts a smile on your face then sing everyday in the car on your way to work.

Relax with a bath

Relaxation is important to your happiness, because stress releases hormones that trigger emotions of anger or sadness. A warm bath with scented oils can ease your mind and relax your body so that you feel revitalized and ready to get back to your day or prepare you for a restful night of soothing sleep.

Start a garden

Give yourself a healthy dose of sunshine each day by starting a small garden to grow food or flowers in your home. The plants you grow will brighten up your environment, and the time spent outside can help you center yourself and experience with appreciation in the little things like the sound of birds chirping or the sight of a breathtaking sunset.

Savor your food

Meal times are another great part of the day to stimulate your positive emotions; eating actually triggers pleasure signals in the brain. When you take the time to savor each bite of your meals, you can enhance these pleasing feelings. This is particularly true if you prepare your own food from items you have grown in your garden and are eating fresh organic foods.

At Optimum Health Institute, we believe that happiness can be created with habits like these in addition to those that you will learn through our holistic healing program. This program is held over three week-long sessions, that may be taken independently or consecutively. To learn more, call OHI today at (800) 993-4325 or visit our website.

How to Unplug for a Peaceful Weekend

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In today’s electronic world, it is easy for your mind to be overwhelmed by overstimulation from your phone, television, and computer. Most people are constantly running one or all of these devices, and this can lead to decreased happiness in one’s daily life. To reconnect with your spiritual self and avoid the pattern of perpetual electronic connectivity, take a weekend to be completely unplugged with these healthy and enlightening activities.

Get some exercise

A long exercise session will remind you why you should get up off the couch more often, because your body will release endorphins that make you feel great. Exercising outdoors is best if possible, because it will take you even further from the typical screen-bound lifestyle that could be keeping you down. For mood enhancing benefits try taking a long hike or going for a jog through the park.

Volunteer in your community

Helping your community can nurture your soul and help you reconnect with your friends and neighbors. There are all kinds of ways to spend time giving back, including volunteering at local schools or parks, donating blood, or organizing a charity drive within your community.

Pray or meditate at home

Unplugging is not only a great time to get more active, but also a time to reflect and enrich your spirit. You can do this by practicing yoga, meditation, or prayer on a daily basis in your own home where you will probably feel most relaxed. Create a quiet space for these activities either inside or outside so that you truly enjoy them as you feed your spiritual side.

Have a face-to-face conversation

Because so many mediums of communication flood people’s daily lives, you can miss out on the simple pleasure of a real conversation. When you unplug, encourage others to do the same so you can reconnect face-to-face and remind each other that there is more to life than staring at a screen.

The holistic healing program at Optimum Health Institute can help support you in learning how to unplug, by quieting your mind through Alpha techniques. Our program is given in three weeklong sessions that may be taken independently or consecutively. We utilize teachings from 24 ancient disciplines to promote the healing of your body, mind and spirit. Visit OptimumHealth.org or call us at (800) 993-4325 to make a reservation.

Follow the OHI "5 P's" For a Happy New Year

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“The happiest two days of your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why.”

--Mark Twain

Happy 2013!

Speaking of happy, there’s an entirely new branch of psychology, Positive Psychology, that focuses on what people need to be content in their lives.  Dr. Marty Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania spearheaded the research, which revealed it wasn’t great wealth, or a person’s age, education or social status that determined whether or not they were going to be happy.  It boiled down to three things:

  1. Faith in something greater than yourself, which would encompass personal ethics and values;
  2. Friends, which included close family or a supportive community, and
  3. Purpose – doing something of meaning in your life, whether it was volunteering once a month, or pursuing an entire career in being of service to others.

The Optimum Health Institute (OHI) is built on these principles, and incorporates them into its “Five P’s to Optimum Health.”  Following these guidelines can help you make 2013 your happiest, healthiest and most rewarding year yet.  Here are OHI’s Five P’s:

Purpose:  Prayer and mindfully focusing your thoughts inward can help you determine your true purpose.  What issues do you care about passionately?  When do you feel most fulfilled?  What are you naturally good at, and what do you feel you were “born to do?”  Meditating on the answers can help steer you towards your divine life purpose.

Positive Mental Attitude: Part of the Positive Psychology research required participants to nightly reflect on the three most wonderful things that happened to them that day, and determine their role in making those things happen.  Knowing they were going to have to come up with that list each night kept the people looking for fun, interesting and positive things the entire day.  The exercise completely shifted their consciousness from, “What can go wrong” to “How does it get any better than this?”  That quantum shift in their thinking clicked them into a positive mental attitude all day, and became a habit.  As the mind stays in a healthy, balanced and happy state, the body and spirit naturally follow.

Persistence: The natural tendency is to give up when things don’t come easily. By shifting into a positive state of mind as outlined above, we can list ‘sticking with a goal’ as one of the day’s three top victories. Developing our persistence in this way can give us the strength to keep going when it gets tough.  Just as it takes some time to develop unhealthy habits, it takes some time to substitute healthier new habits, too.

Patience: “God grant me patience – NOW!” is a funny but ineffective prayer. The quickest route to switching into a more patient mode is to simply take a deep breath.  That delicious lungful of oxygen not only delivers more mental alertness – it signals us to slow down, to reassess, to take a step back.  From this more mindful state, we can consciously choose to be patient and gentler with our self as we navigate opportunities throughout the New Year.

Prayer: Prayer is talking with God.  Through regular prayer we define and nourish our relationship to Him, and focus our feelings and intent by putting them into words.  This mindful and verbal connection to the Divine Source gives us a clarity and feeling of connection that no other discipline can.  Perhaps the simplest yet most effective prayer is a heart-felt, “thank you” – a prayer that will guarantee your happiness throughout 2013.

When your body, mind, and spirit are aligned, you can achieve good health. If you are looking for a holistic healing program, in San Diego or Austin, visit Optimum Health Institute. We can help you achieve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual goals for optimal health. To make your reservation, call us at (800) 993-4325 to learn more.

Tools for Change- Taking the OHI Program Home

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Count on the Food-prep Fab Four To Recreate OHI’s Meals at Home

After returning from a rejuvenating, invigorating week – or several – at the Optimum Health Institute, you feel energized and rejuvenated, your thinking is clearer, and you’re looking at the world, and your life, in a healthier, happier way.  You vow you’re going to bring the program home with you, and change everything in your life to comply.

While that kind of initial enthusiasm is commendable, realistically, it’s wise to introduce changes into your old lifestyle gently and gradually so you can stay focused on implementing your good intentions.  The perfect place to begin is in the heart of your home -- your kitchen.

When you’re fueling your body, mind and spirit with the live, raw, organic vegan foods you were served at OHI, it’s much easier to keep a clear head and feel empowered to continue making healthier choices.  Studies show it’s harder to maintain a clear mind and joyful spirit when your body is weighed down with toxins from processed food.

For a healthy kitchen makeover, you’ll need the Food-Prep Fab Four:

  • A high quality chef’s knife
  • A Vitamix or other high-powered blender
  • A dehydrator
  • A juicer

The Knife: With each new meal delivered up to you by the dedicated kitchen staff at OHI, you were presented with a rainbow of fresh raw vegetables artfully chopped, sliced, minced and diced to give you optimum flavors and nutrition.  That’s why if you’re going to invest in one new item to help you make a life-long switch to healthy eating, you should get a quality chef’s knife.  With minimal care, this is the essential tool for recreating those delicious raw meals in your own kitchen.  When you see how much easier it is to julienne carrots or chop onions with a properly weighted big knife, you’ll actually start to enjoy preparing raw foods. 

The Vitamix: Fresh salsas, raw soups, hearty green drinks – all of them are a snap with a quality blender.  After you’re prepped your vegetables and fruits with that great knife, a few seconds in the blender transforms them into limitless meal possibilities.  Use the raw food recipes that come with the appliance, or check out some of the raw food recipe books at the Optimum Health Store.  This appliance will be your personal sous chef.

A dehydrator: You learned at OHI that heating foods over temperatures of 105 will destroy essential nutrients.  With a dehydrator, you can turn the heat down and still turn out batches of crackers, bite-sized pizzas, even corn chips and fruit leathers, that are bursting with vitamins, amino acids, minerals, nutrients and taste.  Preserve fruits and vegetables at their seasonal peak; make live raw vegan “cheese;” create your own special seasoning by dehydrating tomatoes, garlic and onions, then grinding them into a fine powder.  This appliance is a real kid-pleaser, too.  Dehydrated fruits taste just like candy, with none of the artificial sweeteners or coloring.

A juicer: This last member of the Food-Prep Fab Four will be a versatile team player.  It can provide fresh wheatgrass juice.  It can transform fruits and veggies into instant and energizing drinks.  And the vegetable pulp it creates can be used to make dehydrated crackers.

See how this tried and proved Food-Prep Fab Four can be your home-front support for transitioning to a healthier OHI-inspired life.  And for recipes, go online to http://www.optimumhealth.org/, and find the newsletters in our “About Us” section. Each one has a delicious OHI-approved meal with step-by-step instructions for recreating it at home. You can also find tips on taking the OHI program home with you, recipes and more at http://www.optimumhealthusa.com/.

You can order dehydrators, juices and sprouting equipment from the OHI Store by calling (888)643-7867

When your body, mind, and spirit are aligned, you can achieve good health. If you are looking for a holistic healing program, in San Diego or Austin, visit Optimum Health Institute. We can help you achieve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual goals for optimal health. To make your reservation, call us at (800) 993-4325 to learn more.

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