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.

You Are HOW You Eat!

Nutritious meals at OHI

Not only is what you eat so important to optimum health in body, mind and spirit – how you eat, and what things you combine in each meal, are just as important.

Think of your digestive tract as a laboratory. A scientist combines an acidic substance, like vinegar, with NaHCO3, or baking soda, to create a foaming, frothy volcano in a test tube.  Substitute your stomach for the test tube, unknowingly combine foods that can trigger similar dramatic chemical reactions, and you’ve got an unpleasant drama playing out inside your body.

Beyond just the obvious consequences, like producing excess gas that urgently has to leave the body one way or another, inappropriate combinations can also prevent your system from properly absorbing all the available nutrients in your food.

In our Food Combining class at Optimum Health Institute (OHI), we teach about the five main food categories – dense/oily proteins; dense starches & starchy vegetables; low-starch & green vegetables & sprouts, fruits; fermented foods and liquids.  We also teach which things can be safely eaten together, and which unwise combinations can result in embarrassing and/or unhealthy consequences.

In a nutshell – here are the basic guidelines:

The “Alone” rules:

· Liquids alone

· Fruits alone

· Melons alone

And the “Do Not Combine” rules:

· Do not combine protein and starches

· Do not combine acid and sweet fruits

When you break these rules, beware – and stand downwind of friends. Combining melons, which take only about half an hour to digest, with a dense protein like peas, which need a good three hours, will cause the fruit to ferment in the stomach. Combining fruits with animal proteins, which are not on the OHI plan, slows the process down even further. That shrimp cocktail can linger in the stomach and keep the accompanying melon hostage for as long as eight hours.  You don’t even want to imagine what a pressure cooker that toxic combo creates!

The other reason to follow the food combining rules is that some items, like dense, oily proteins (nuts, avocados, beans), require a completely different digestive environment than, say, acid fruits (strawberries, pomegranates, citrus). Eating a handful of almonds while you’re also nibbling orange segments means you don’t get the complete nutrition of either, and might even trigger indigestion.

 

For the full skinny, and an easy-to-follow Optimal Food Combining chart, pick up a colorful placemat or postcard in the Optimum Health Store, or call us at (800) 993-4325. You can also visit our website at www.OptimumHealth.org

The 5 Ps to Optimum Health

OHI San Diego reception area

Having optimum health is the goal of many people across the country. Your health not only encompasses your body's physical health, but also your spiritual, emotional, and mental wellness—an approach called holistic health. Here are the five Ps of Optimum Health Institute’s approach to health:

Purpose

Many people go through their entire lives without answering some of the life's biggest questions... Who am I?  Why am I here?  When you find your purpose, you can work toward achieving the goals you need for a healthy, happy, and productive life.

Positive Mental Attitude

A positive attitude is crucial to natural healing and a healthy, balanced life.  Your mental state can go a long way toward promoting healing in your body; with a positive attitude, you are more likely to enjoy your life, no matter your circumstances. Be positive in your thinking, and you'll see positive changes in your body taking place as well.

Persistence

When your quest for natural healing and holistic health isn’t progressing as quickly as you’d like, you may be tempted to give up. Persistence is the strength to keep going when times are tough. Understand that holistic health isn't an overnight transformation and that you'll need to practice persistence to reach your goals.

Patience

Patience is something you need in every aspect of your life. You must be patient with yourself as you learn and grow in your new, natural health lifestyle. Your body, your mind, and your spirit need your patience as you work to create an optimally healthy life for yourself. Patience and persistence go hand in hand.

Prayer

Praying to a higher power will help you develop a healthier life and strengthen your relationship with God. Prayers for healing can provide a clarity that can't be achieved through your works alone. You can even pray for patience or to become more positive, tying the five Ps together!

Visit Optimum Health Institute online or call us at (800) 993-4325 to Learn more about our natural health tools, in San Diego or Austin, that can improve your life.

A Holistic Approach: Body, Mind, and Spirit

Organic garden at OHI San Diego

Holistic health is a unique approach to managing your health that takes into account all parts of you: your body, mind, and spirit. Being healthy means taking care of all aspects of your physical, spiritual, and mental wellness. Optimum Health Institute offers a truly God-centered holistic approach to healing that is beneficial to all guests.

Body

Keeping your body healthy includes eating foods that are nutritious and will benefit your body, exercising to keep your body strong, and resting to allow your body much-needed rejuvenation. If you have a physical illness or infirmity, natural healing processes can strengthen your body through proper nourishment. At OHI, we understand the importance of fresh air, sunlight, and clean water to your body’s wellness.

Mind

Your mind can control much of your natural healing capabilities. With positive thinking and a good mental attitude, your mind can work with your body to promote healing and wellbeing. Your mind needs to rest just like your body does, so take a break to pray, read, meditate, or just enjoy a peaceful moment. These practices will keep your mental health as strong and intact as your physical health.

Spirit

Your spiritual health is another important part of the body-mind-spirit connection of holistic health. Your spirit allows you to receive physical healing and mental wellness from God, which leads to natural healing and holistic health that is greater than what you could achieve without His mercy and grace. By cleansing and detoxifying the body, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit; quieting and focusing the mind; and practicing spiritual disciplines, you can know the wholeness of the Holy Spirit. A spiritual connection with God is one of the best things you can do to achieve the life and health you've always wanted.

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. Call us at (800) 993-4325 to learn more.

The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen

OHI Austin Friday buffet

Eating for natural healing means making sure the foods you consume are healthy and nutritious. Organic foods offer a wonderful way to get the quality nutrition you need without the harmful pesticides and chemicals found in non-organic foods. You should always buy some foods organic, while other produce you can purchase non-organic varieties of if necessary.

The Dirty Dozen

The dirty dozen are twelve foods that you should buy organic whenever possible. If you have a limited budget for organic foods, these are the items from the produce section that you should spend your money on. Remember that the foods of the dirty dozen have a high level of pesticides that could hamper your natural healing efforts. The dirty dozen include: celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, domestic blueberries, imported nectarines, imported grapes, bell peppers, cherries, potatoes, leafy greens, and lettuce.

The Clean Fifteen

The clean fifteen are foods that don't need to be organic to get the best quality, the least amount of pesticides, and optimal natural health. Some of these fruits and veggies don't retain pesticides, or very few pesticides are used in their production. Buy these foods as conventional produce and save your money for the dirty dozen. The clean fifteen include: onions, avocados, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, pineapple, mango, kiwi, sweet peas, cantaloupe, watermelon, asparagus, eggplant, cabbage, grapefruit, and tomatoes.

Remember that local foods aren't always organic, but you can find local farmers whose produce has fewer pesticides than those found in the supermarket. Local and organic foods are good for natural healing and can be wonderful additions to your holistic health plan.  Call us at (800) 993-4325 to learn more about our body-mind-spirit programs, in San Diego and Austin, today.  If you want to find out more about holistic health and more tips on eating healthy foods in California, come to Optimum Health Institute.

Differences Between Organic and Non-Organic Produce

Raw nori rolls at OHI

What you eat has a huge impact on the way your body works, how you feel, and how well you function and perform. The higher nutrional content in the organic produce you eat can go a long way toward promoting natural healing in your body. Here are some of the important differences between organic and non-organic produce:

Pesticides

Non-organic produce is sprayed with chemicals to kill pests and diseases. These chemicals can remain on the produce until it reaches your home, where it can be ingested by you and your family even after washing. These pesticides may include neurotoxins that gradually build up and cause long-term health problems.

Organic produce, on the other hand, isn't doused with chemicals to kill pests. Organic produce farmers use birds and insects to keep harmful pests in check, or they may plant other flowers or plants nearby to repel the unwanted bugs. Other farmers may use natural or organic products to protect their plants from pests.

Fertilizers

As with pesticides, non-organic produce is fertilized with chemicals that promote growth but can be harmful to humans. Organic farmers use natural methods, like organic manure, to fertilize their crops. Compost is also used to promote strong, healthy plants.

Herbicides

Weeds are a problem for all produce farmers, but non-organic farmers use chemicals to kill the weeds that invade their crops. Organic farmers use less harmful methods to rid their fields of weeds. Mulch, hand weeding, and tilling are organic ways to keep weeds at bay.

Conservation Methods

Organic farmers work to conserve the environment in which their crops grow. They rotate their crops to avoid depleting the soil, gather rainwater to provide irrigation, and reduce pollution in their farming techniques. Non-organic farmers put less emphasis on the environment and more emphasis on the bottom line.

At Optimum Health Institute, we serve only 100% certified organic foods.  To learn more about our holistic healing programs in San Diego and Austin, visit Optimum Health Institute online or call us today at (800) 993-4325.

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