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.

Organic Farms + Seasonal Produce = Extra Freshness

San Diego Garden w Dan

Imagine plucking a luscious bright red organic strawberry right off the vine, and popping it into your mouth.  That juicy sweetness explodes on your tongue as you bite down, and you can almost feel the vitality of the just-picked fruit lighting up every cell of your body.

Now imagine taking a strawberry from a plastic wrapped carton – a strawberry that’s been trucked in from several states away, and has been languishing on a store shelf for days. Where’s that same life force and vitality?  Unfortunately, the longer the amount of time between when produce is harvested, and you eat it, the more nutrients that are lost. 

“Buy Local” bumper stickers are sprouting up on cars across the nation, and for good reason. When you buy produce from organic farms and co-ops in your area, you’re not only supporting the local economy – you’re getting your fruits and vegetables at the peak of their most nutrient-dense freshness.  You’re also staying in touch with the natural rhythms of the Earth by eating produce that’s in season. 

Another reason to stick with in-season local vegetables and fruits – you’re keeping the air cleaner since the produce didn’t arrive at your store after a long haul via a network of trucks.

We at the Optimum Health Institute definitely make sure our guests have the freshest organic local fruits, sprouts and vegetables, and grow many of them in our own gardens.  It’s also easy to find an organic farmer’s market, or organic stores in your area. Just Google it, you can even ask your local organic food store where they purchase their produce.  Here are the just-picked in-season favorites to look for now:


Artichokes, arugula, asparagus, avocados, beans, green, cactus pads, cardoons, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chard, chicory, cucumbers, dandelion greens, eggplant, endive, fava beans, fava greens, fennel, garlic, green garlic, herbs, horseradish, jicama, kale, lambsquarters, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, nettles, onions, okra, pea shoots, peas, potatoes, purslane, radishes, rhubarb, scallions, shallots, spinach, sprouts, turnips.


Apricots, apriums, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cactus pears, cherimoyas, cherries, grapefruit, guavas, kumquats, lemons, limes, loquats, mandarins, nectarines, oranges, peaches, plums, pluots, raspberries, strawberries, tayberries.

For leafy green vegetables, avoid bunches with yellowed leaves, or discard any yellowed tips before eating. Bacteria can get into the plant through the plant's pores and turn the tissue yellow. Check fruit for bruises, which indicates it may spoil more quickly.

Check back often for updates on finding, preparing and eating organic foods. At Optimum Health Institute, we serve a variety of raw-live foods, juice fasting, and wheatgrass to promote restoring your body to its natural balance. Our meals do not contain nuts or oils, which can hinder the detoxification process.

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.

Scholarships are a Golden Bridge to a New Life

Larry Taylor

It was a few years ago a first-time guest arrived at Optimum Health Institute (OHI) San Diego with a major health opportunity. She’d recently undergone surgery, and her stomach wound refused to heal, her pallor was gray, and she had no energy.  In just one week she began to notice improvements. Huge medical bills prevented her from affording the additional two weeks of our holistic lifestyle program.

After reviewing the woman’s rather dire situation, we were able to award her with a scholarship to complete the entire three-week program.  At the end of her 21-day stay, she looked and felt great.  Her wound healed completely, her doctors were amazed, and another person was able to transform her life because of the generosity of people contributing to the OHI Scholarship fund.

We affectionately call the fund a “Golden Bridge,” because it links guests who are in dire need of both healing and financial aid to a healthier, happier future.  After a guest has paid for one week of our holistic lifestyle program, if they are dealing with a life-threatening health opportunity, but have no way of financing an extended stay, they may be eligible for a scholarship for one or sometimes both additional weeks.

Through the years, thanks to the generosity of so many, we’ve been able to offer a golden bridge to thousands of guests in need.  If you’ve experienced a transformation in your own life after an OHI visit, and you’d like to share the experience, please consider a tax-deductible contribution.  Visit us at or call us at (800) 993-4325. Thank you for your consideration.

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

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:


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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