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.

The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen

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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

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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.

Wheatgrass: Key Ingredient to a Healthier You

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Wheatgrass refers to the young grass of the wheat plant Triticum aestivum and contains a number of vitamins and antioxidants, such as vitamins A, E, and B-12, as well as calcium, selenium, magnesium, and iron. In addition to providing essential vitamins and nutrients to your diet, natural foods such as wheatgrass can benefit your health in a number of other ways.

Gives You Energy

One of the first benefits of wheatgrass is that it energizes your mind and body to help you feel refreshed throughout your day. In fact, two ounces of fresh wheatgrass juice is the equivalent of two cups of coffee. In addition, studies show that drinking one ounce of wheatgrass juice contains the same amount of vitamins and minerals as consuming one ounce of fresh vegetables.

Boosts Your Vascular Health

Another big benefit of wheatgrass is that it helps support your blood health. This is accomplished by building red blood cells quickly after ingestion, speeding up circulation, lowering blood pressure, and cleansing the blood of waste.

Curbs Cravings

Research suggests that because the nutritional value of wheatgrass juice is so high, it may help prevent the hunger cravings that cause overeating, ultimately serving as a weight control tool. Wheatgrass can also boost your weight loss goals by increasing your metabolism.

Improves Immune Function

Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of wheatgrass juice is that it helps boost your immune system. Wheatgrass juice contains chlorophyll, which aids your immune system by increasing the function of your heart and improving the condition of your vascular system, intestines, and lungs.

At the Optimum Health Institute, we believe that when you cleanse and nourish your body, it can restore itself to its natural balance.  To help your body cleanse and restore itself, OHI provides:

  • wheatgrass juice to cleanse cells and purify blood
  • enemas and wheatgrass implants to cleanse the colon

To learn more about our holistic healing programs in San Diego and Austin, call us today at (800) 993-4325.

How You Can Transform Your Body, Mind, and Spirit in Just 3 Weeks

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Many Americans struggle to revitalize their bodies. Unfortunately, attempting the process alone often yields little or no results, and only works to frustrate the individual even more. Fortunately, the Optimum Health Institute uses alternative medicine to help completely transform you in less than a month.

Participants who enroll in our program will start by attending a welcome orientation in which we provide an overview on our program, classes, activities, facility, and offered services. There are several things you can expect during your three-week program, including:

· Circle time before each meal allows us to share announcements in fellowship, pray together, and focus on an inspiration word for the day.

· Daily wheatgrass juicing to cleanse cells, and purify the blood.

· Gentle exercise and morning walk to stimulate the lymphatic system to help eliminate body toxins, promote the healing process, and boost immune system function.

· Afternoon stretch class to help gain flexibility, increase blood circulation, calm your mind, and relax your body for the rest of the day.

· A release ceremony in which participants can burn a list of events in their past that no longer serve them well.

· Inspirational testimonials from guests who share their stories about emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical healing.

· Friday night live sessions in which you can share your own personal talents.

· Saturday night movie nights.

· Closing classes in which you set realistic goals, aim for progress, journal said progress, and continue on the road toward optimum health.

At Optimum Health Institute, our three-week program can help you achieve a balanced lifestyle through holistic practices.  To learn more about our holistic healing program offered at our San Diego and Austin centers, visit Optimum Health Institute or call us today at (800) 993-4325

Exploring What's In Store for You During Week Two at Optimum Health Institute

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Each week of Optimum Health Institute’s holistic healing program is designed to help you master the different tools you need to promote a healthy lifestyle.

During your second week at Optimum Health Institute, you will start taking classes that expand on what you learned and experienced during week one. Your classes during week two will include:

· Sprouting instruction, in which you learn how to soak and sprout nuts, grains, beans, and seeds in order to activate an inherit life force within the food.

· Fermented foods and recipes class, during which you can learn how to make fermented foods that will aid digestion. This includes foods such as sauerkraut, seed cheese, and rejuvelac.

· Enzyme course, wherein you can discover how enzymes function in both your body and in food.

· Menu planning, in which you will learn how to plan nutritious meals that allow you to maintain a healthy diet after you have left the program.

· Organic gardening, which teaches you how to support organic farmers and promote healthier eating habits.

· At-home follow-up class that helps you review the key guidelines to maintaining a cleansing diet.

· Personal care class, in which you make your own organic face mask for a radiant glow.

· Focus 1 and 2 classes. These classes encourage you use your OHI planner to identify your highest priorities, including your goals, core values, and how you ultimately spend your time.

· Conscious breathing classes that allow you to discover the spiritual disciplines used to release stress, increase emotional awareness, control pain, facilitate personal growth, and enhance concentration through breathing techniques.

· Communication course designed to help you master different communication styles for more efficient communication.

Our courses are designed to help you discover that your life is a gift in which you learn new ways to live your life.

Visit Optimum Health Institute online or call (800) 993-4325 to set up a reservation for our three-week holistic healing program in San Diego or Austin.

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