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.

Congratulations on Your Graduation to Maintenance!

Spring is traditionally a time for graduations. If you’ve been faithfully following Optimum Health Institute’s God-centered holistic healing program for months, and you feel completely energized, vital, joyful and enthusiastic, you might be ready to graduate to the OHI Maintenance Lifestyle

You can start adding fresh lemon juice to your first big glass of water in the morning. While pure, plain water is essential for adhering to the detoxification part of the OHI program, after graduating to Maintenance, that lemon juice will help alkalize the body.

Incorporate new foods into your diet one at a time, and observe your body’s reaction. Are you feeling any joint stiffness? What about bloating? Do you feel a headache coming on? Your body will quickly alert you if any new food is not an optimum choice for you. Take the time to listen.

After you’re a graduate, you can enjoy the delicious taste, smooth texture and nutritious boost of avocadoes. Jam-packed with heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, fiber, potassium and a long list of vitamins and minerals, a serving of avocado is a favorite addition to a healthy maintenance diet.

Organic or homemade nut and seed milks, without added sweeteners or fillers, are allowed in moderation. The maintenance food plan also includes baked sweet potatoes and yams, lightly steamed vegetables, nut butters and soaked organic dried fruit, without preservatives.

Please keep in mind that graduating to maintenance foods doesn’t signal a total departure from the fresh, organic plant-based meals in the detox program. Instead, it’s a mindful, disciplined shift to slowly begin to include additional foods. A ratio of 80% raw, 20% cooked is optimum.

To help you stay on track, OHI Austin Kitchen Manager Amber Santa Cruz suggests taking a big picture view of each week, and visualizing your meal plan ahead of time. She cites studies proving that just the practice of meal planning improves our food choices, even if we don’t stick with our original plan.

Another helpful tip to help graduates make smart choices, Amber suggests, is to prep your dressings and veggies ahead of time. In a perfect world, we would not cut a vegetable until the moment we are going to eat it to preserve every nutrient. But in the real world, having washed and chopped veggies and homemade dressing prepped and ready in the fridge makes it a LOT more likely that those items will make it into our diet. With a little planning we can make veggies a convenience food. The goal is progress, not perfection.

As you’re graduating from the detox food plan to maintenance, remember to continue to nourish your mind and spirit, too. Meditation, prayer, spiritual fellowship, gratitude – incorporating spiritual disciplines into your daily routine will help insure that the holistic cleanse you launched in the spring continues to keep you in balance all year long.

There’s still time to invest in your health and save hundreds of dollars with special discounts through the week beginning 6/4/17 at OHI Austin, and the week beginning 6/11/17 at OHI San Diego. Find out more on our website at www.optimumhealth.org, or call (800) 993-4325 for details. Act now! Special offers are for a limited time only.

It's Time for an Optimum Spring Cleanse!

April showers renew, refresh and recharge the earth, bringing new growth and a bounty of May flowers. Spring is also the ideal time to renew, refresh and recharge your body, and blossom into the healthiest version of ‘you’ that you can be.

Begin your personal spring cleanse by mindfully choosing what you put on your plate at each meal. Transitioning to a primarily raw plant-based diet helps the body detoxify, clears mental fog and benefits blood pressure, heart function and the entire digestive system.

Healthy digestion means regular elimination and a happy, healthy colon. This is achieved by choosing the right foods, eating them in the right combination, and regular colon cleansing.

Opting for the freshest live, raw organic vegetables, seeds, nuts, and fruits, instead of animal proteins, is a smart start. Sprouted grains, packed with fiber, antioxidants and amino acids, boost the body’s ability to absorb nutrients and vitamins.

Tangy fermented foods not only add delicious taste to your meals – they are bursting with probiotics. These beneficial bacteria spring-clean your digestive system by promoting better absorption of nutrients and minerals, and crowding out unhealthy bacteria.

Make this the season to start optimal food combining for a more energetic, youthful and happier you. Because the body digests different nutrients at different rates, how you combine your foods is as important as making the healthiest food choices. While it only takes about 15 minutes to digest apple juice, it can take up to three hours for the stomach to process a dense oily protein, like avocado. The protein will keep the juice in the stomach longer, causing it to ferment and distressing the system.

While smart food choices and combinations will aid in spring-cleaning your body, so will the enemas and implants, or E’s & I’s, you learned to do at OHI. Regular colon cleansing helps boost the immune system, leads to more energy and healthier skin, assists with weight loss and reducing acid levels, and even helps you concentrate more effectively.

Make this season the time you do an optimum spring cleansing – from the inside out – and enjoy healthy savings at the same time. For the week beginning 5/21 through the week beginning 6/11, you’ll be able to renew and recharge when you sign up for two weeks, or the entire OHI 3-week holistic healing program, at either OHI San Diego or OHI Austin.

You’ll save up to $300 on our best single-occupancy rooms, receive up to three free colonics and massages, get a Spring Cleanse Kit consisting of OHI for life® skincare products, bath salts, body brush and more, enjoy priority service for all appointments, and receive daily room service. This Best Offer for a Spring Cleanse is a value of up to $1,057 at OHI San Diego, and $1,132 at OHI Austin. Call now for complete offer terms and conditions.

See our Spring Cleanse offer details in this issue of This Week at OHI or call (800) 993-4325 for more details. Act now! This offer is only available through the week beginning June 11.

Eating Your Way Healthy

Your local farmers’ market, and the organic produce section at your grocery store, provide delicious options for eating your way to optimum health. Fruits and vegetables that cleanse, fortify and nourish your body, mind and spirit are there for the picking. Here’s a list of some of the best hard-working super foods to choose.

The old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” has a lot more truth than you may know. Each apple is packed with the fiber pectin, which binds to heavy metals and cholesterol and leeches them out of the body. A single serving also helps to cleanse the intestines by eliminating toxic build up.

Go green with avocados! While technically a fruit, since it develops from the flower of the tree and contains a seed, the avocado has a rich, savory flavor and creamy texture, making it more similar to a vegetable. As far as helping the body cleanse, however, they definitely achieve “super hero” status. Avocados are rich in glutathione, which detoxifies the liver, cleanses arteries, lowers cholesterol and dilates blood vessels. Avocados also block more than 30 different known carcinogens.

To purify the blood and cleanse the liver, bite into a beet. The classic dark red, mild golden, striped and cylindra beets – which look more like carrots -- are all proven detoxifiers.

One of nature’s antibiotics can also help block toxins from entering the brain. Blueberries are healing powerhouses that reduce inflammation, ease pain and help prevent urinary tract infections.

Cabbage neutralizes damaging compounds in cigarette smoke, including second-hand smoke, while cleansing the digestive tract and helping the liver detoxify.

Another multi-tasking cleansing food is celery, along with its seeds. Both help scrub the blood and detoxify cancer cells, while the seeds are packed with anti-inflammatory properties.

Sprinkling a spoonful of ground flaxseeds on your next fresh smoothie enhances the cleansing properties, while fortifying the body with Omega-3s and other essential fatty acids.

Pungent fresh garlic cleanses harmful bacteria, viruses and even intestinal parasites from your blood and intestines. It also scrubs the arteries and clears the respiratory system by flushing mucous from the lungs and sinuses.

The sweet-tart grapefruit gets right to work in the body, cleansing the blood, leeching out heavy metals and even attacking harmful viruses. It’s also great for detoxifying both the intestines and liver.

Squirting juice from a fresh lemon onto your raw foods and salads helps your body become more alkaline. Bursting with vitamin C, lemons are powerful liver detoxifiers, too. For people on the Optimum Health Institute maintenance diet, adding fresh lemon juice to your glass of water first thing in the morning also helps you alkalize.

See how delicious a diet of cleansing live, raw organic foods can be while spending a week, or two, or ideally three, at the Optimum Health Institute holistic health 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 detoxify your body, quiet your mind and rejuvenate your spirit while you are surrounded in serene beauty. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org, and call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

The Importance of Staying Hydrated

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In the summertime, one of the most important things you can do for your health is to drink more water. Proper hydration is always essential for your body, but you lose water much faster in the heat of summer, so you may need to consume one or two extra glasses of water each day to compensate. Here is a closer look at why you should prioritize your hydration.

Thirst can aggravate allergies

When you are not properly hydrated, your body may react with asthma or allergy symptoms caused by histamines rationing water in the body. These reactions may become very severe when summer allergens like grass are in abundance, so you should drink extra water each day to help you breathe easier all summer.

Dehydration can lead to serious illness

Along with allergies, dehydration can bring on nausea, digestive issues, fatigue, joint pain, and headaches. In the higher temperatures, these symptoms can arise quickly and necessitate a trip to the emergency room—particularly for children and elderly individuals. Chronic dehydration caused by a persistent lack of water consumption can slow down your metabolism, reduce brain function, and cause you to experience extreme fatigue.

Thirst can come too late

By the time your body triggers the sensation of thirst, you may already be significantly dehydrated. Therefore, you should drink plenty of water throughout the day—even when you don’t feel thirsty—to ensure that you are not causing your body to ration water in your cells before triggering thirst.

With the holistic healing program at Optimum Health Institute, you can explore a variety of ways to naturally improve your health and promote wellness of the mind, body, and spirit. Three week-long sessions are included in the program, and they may be taken consecutively or independently. Each session features classes and activities such as raw dieting, exercise, journaling, and meditation to renew and awaken the spirit while focusing the mind and cleansing the body. To learn more about the OHI program, call (800) 993-4325 or visit www.optimumhealth.org.

The Benefits of Food Combining

Food combining, when done correctly, has been shown to improve health, assist in digestion and help with weight loss. At OHI, it’s one of the key principles of a clean, healthy diet.

What is Food Combining?

Food combining is the practice of eating specific foods together, or separately, in order to maximize the health benefits of certain combinations.

Principles of optimum food combining:

  • Drink each type of liquid alone.
  • Eat protein only with low-starch vegetables, greens, sprouts and pre-digested foods.
  • Eat fruit alone or with green vegetables
  • Eat dense starches only with low- starch vegetables, greens, sprouts and pre-digested foods.
  • Eat melons alone

Benefits of Food Combining:

  • Less Gas/Bloating - So much of the bloating and discomfort you feel after certain meals is the result of improperly combined foods. Combining foods correctly will significantly reduce the abdominal discomfort that comes from digestive gas.
  • More Energy – Improperly combined foods are harder to digest, which means they can leave you feeling sluggish and weighed down. But because food combining promotes smoother, more efficient digestion, your body will naturally have more energy left over after each meal.
  • Anti-Aging - Food combining improves your body’s ability to absorb essential vitamins and nutrients, which helps fight the aging process in a number of different ways, including promoting joint health, better vision, and brighter, healthier skin and hair.
  • Weight Loss – Although food combining has a whole laundry list of health benefits, it first came into the public consciousness as a healthy alternative to popular diet fads and weight loss solutions. That’s because properly combined foods are easier for your body to assimilate, which means your body is able to metabolize them more efficiently, reducing the amount that is converted into stored fat.

One final tip: Food combining works best with higher quality, optimal foods. At OHI, we recommend using raw, organically grown fruits and vegetables as much as possible to get the most out of every bite.

Come experience true healthy food combining with a one, two or three-week stay at our healing missions, OHI San Diego and OHI Austin in Texas. Our caring staff is eager to give you the unconditional support, inspiration and transformational tools you require to bring your body, mind, and spirit into healthy balance in a serene, peaceful setting. Help us celebrate 40 Years of Holistic Healing. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org, and call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

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