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 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.

Foods that Detox

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Certain foods can speed up your body’s detoxification process and boost the health of your liver, the major organ in charge of filtering impurities. Including at least one of these vegetables or fruits in every meal is a positive step towards achieving optimum health in body, mind and spirit.

Artichokes cue your liver to produce more bile. Acidic bile breaks down foods to let your body absorb more nutrients from each bite. Besides toning up your liver, the spikey green veggie supplies you with fiber, protein, magnesium, folate and potassium.

You know that rather aromatic smell your urine gets after you eat asparagus? That’s an indicator this nutrient-rich stalk is helping your liver drain toxins from your body, and that’s a good thing. This anti-inflammatory super-star also helps to tone up your heart, prevent cancer cells from growing and keeps you looking and feeling younger.

The creamy deliciousness of fresh avocados delivers both antioxidants and lots of fiber. Good fats in the shiny green fruit are essential for healthy body and brain function.

Beets are a Rodney Dangerfield vegetable, rarely getting the respect they so richly deserve. Red, golden or striped, beets are a super food that’s super rich in iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, fiber, niacin, and vitamins A and C. They also contain folic acid, important in the creation and upkeep of new cells to speed healing. Add in their immunity boosting, anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting ability, and they jump to the top of your “must eat” list.

Besides packing a hefty nutritional punch, broccoli teams up with your liver enzymes to flush toxins from your body.

Count on cabbage to help lower cholesterol even as its high fiber content is aiding in your bowel elimination.

Folk wisdom says something is a ‘weed’ until we figure out what we can do with it. Pick dandelion root to heal a compromised liver, or keep a healthy one in balance.

Fragrant garlic packs a one-two punch of helping the liver and boosting the immune system.

Ginger can spice up a detox diet – literally – with both a delicious flavor boost, and an aid to liver function. It’s particularly effective in helping to tone a fatty liver caused by too much alcohol, or too many toxic foods.

Grapefruit jump-starts your liver to burn fat more quickly, making it a must for both detoxing and shedding excess weight.

Raw in a salad or whipped into a veggie smoothie, kale helps to flush out the kidneys. It also delivers antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and tons of vitamins and minerals.

Kicking off your morning with a squirt of lemon juice in your pure water is a great way to start your daily detoxification.

We’ve talked before about the importance of staying properly hydrated, but it bears repeating – pure water is essential for flushing toxins from your body.

Tossing fresh organic watercress into your salad or smoothie is a smart way to help release enzymes in the liver that detoxify the body.

We saved the best for last – wheatgrass, of course! It’s your liver’s best friend, and works to alkalize your entire body. Wheatgrass juice is fantastic for lowering your blood sugar and resetting your metabolism, too. It’s definitely a key part of any smart detoxification program.

Come taste the healing power of these fruits and vegetables as part of a transformative experience for all your senses and your body, mind and spirit at OHI. We can help you achieve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual goals for optimal health in 2013. Call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

Detoxify Your Way to a Healthy Body, Mind and Spirit

When she hit 40 and realized she felt like someone twice her age, Regina knew it was time to clean up her act. Her joints ached, she couldn't stand up straight, her brain was foggy and she was always tired. The wife, mom of three active girls and small business owner started her overhaul by detoxifying her body.

She took her entire family cold turkey off fast food, and substituted fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains. She received a rude awakening – the first few days she actually felt worse – but she stuck with it. By day four she was breathing more easily, and day seven was her biggest eye-opener. As she swung her legs out of bed and put her feet on the floor, she felt no pain for the first time in years. She stood up and walked –all her many pains were completely gone. Regina could think clearly again, and she had as much energy as her teen girls. She has dedicated herself to continuing to learn new ways to grow in health, and not just grow old.

By transitioning to a food plan of live, raw, organic vegan meals, you’re not just detoxifying your body – you’re adopting behaviors that will positively impact every area of your health, happiness and well-being.

Alkaline foods rich in fiber not only detoxify and nourish you – they keep your digestive tract running smoothly, too.

Chronic constipation has been medically proven to contribute to depression. When the body fails to eliminate waste products, nutrients essential for proper brain function can’t be digested and absorbed. Toxins from the accumulated waste can filter back into the system and cause irritability, anxiety, panic attacks and even insomnia.

Proper food combination is another important aspect of detoxifying the body. Eating two foods together that each have very different digestion times can create a toxic effect. For instance, a dense protein like avocado can take 2 to three hours to digest, while a melon is digested in about 30 minutes. The protein will keep the fruit in the stomach longer, causing it to ferment.

While healthy raw produce, and the way you combine foods, will help detoxify the body, it’s important to be aware of toxins in your environment, too. Everything you put on your body – shampoo, soap, moisturizers – is absorbed into your body. Even household cleaners, detergents and lawn and pool chemicals work their way into your system. Look for cleaner, more natural products as much as possible.

Learn how delicious a detoxifying diet can be at the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) healing missions in San Diego and Austin, Texas. Experience the energy and clarity of eating and living clean, all in an environment of encouragement, support and spiritual fellowship. Deepen your detoxification with the OHI For Life ® line of skin and hair care products, developed exclusively for OHI guests and available only through the OHI Store at both OHI facilities, or by calling (800) 993-4325. OHI for Life ® blends certified organic ingredients with the healing properties of antioxidants to protect and nourish your hair and skin. 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 Healthiest Picks for Winter Produce

Buying your vegetables and fruits in season – and locally – guarantee you’ll enjoy the freshest, most nutritious meals and snacks this winter. You’ll also be supporting your local economy, and potentially reducing your carbon footprint.

Leafy greens are a smart choice year-round, but particularly in winter. Curly endive, kale, escarole, chicories and radicchio are all in season, and actually sweeter right now. All are rich in minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium, and vitamins, including vitamins K, C, E, and many of the B vitamins.

Cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts – the entire cruciferous family – is readily available, and packed with essential vitamins and antioxidants that slow aging and may help fight cancer. Why not slice up a healthy amount to ferment? The veggies will not only taste delightfully tangy and delicious – the fermentation will aid digestion and help create and maintain an alkaline balance in the body.

As their name implies, winter squash are abundant, and provide a generous supply of healthy alpha- and beta-carotene, which promote good eyesight. Try acorn, butternut, and delicata squash, and spaghetti squash, whose long strands make a delicious and healthy pasta substitute.

You have a rainbow of colors to choose from when you’re buying fresh beets. Besides traditional dark red beets, experiment with white, golden, and multicolored firm, smooth bulbs, ideally with the crisp greens still attached. Shred the greens and beets together in a colorful salad. You’ll be nourishing your body with antioxidants, which can help prevent heart and liver disease, and nitrate, which can potentially reduce risk of dementia by increasing blood flow to the brain.

This is definitely the season for other root vegetables in addition to beets. Turnips, parsnips, rutabagas, sweet potatoes, carrots, celery root – all are packed with healthy nutrients and fiber, and readily available through the winter months.

While many vegetables are winter staples, quite a few fruits also shine during the colder months. Choose from fresh citrus, including oranges, mandarins, tangerines, clementines, grapefruits and lemons for a daily blast of color, a burst of flavor, and a big dose of vitamin C, minerals, and fiber.

Pears, pomegranates and persimmons also crop up in produce departments in the winter. Relatively recent research suggests pomegranates might help prevent breast and colon cancers, while persimmons are credited with anti-inflammatory properties. The yellow to orange to red fruit is also linked to protecting against age-related macular disease.

Savor the best of winter’s fresh, live, raw organic produce during a stay at the Optimum Health Institute healing missions in San Diego and Austin, Texas.

Our caring team can help you achieve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual goals for optimal health in a beautifully landscaped safe space, perfect for reflection, transformation and healing. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org, and call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

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