• The Many Benefits of Eating Kale


    With a hearty flavor that is slightly bitter and a deep green color, kale is a wonderfully versatile and healthy vegetable that you should be eating more often. Kale is available year-round in grocery stores and easy to grow at home, and it can be dressed up for any season. In the winter, kale pairs nicely with beets and other hearty vegetables, but it can be lightened up with a tangy citrus vinaigrette for summer as well. Here is a look at some of the distinctive benefits that kale has to offer beyond its tasty flavor.

    Cancer prevention
    Because kale is high in vitamin K, it protects the body from several types of cancer while  supporting normal bodily functions such as bone regeneration. The anti-inflammatory properties of kale also contribute to its cancer-fighting powers.

    Brain health
    Kale is surprisingly rich in omega-3 fatty acids, providing about 10% of the recommended daily value of these healthy fats per serving. Omega-3s support brain health by slowing the natural degeneration of brain cells and improving blood circulation to lower the chances of stroke.

    Healthy detoxification
    Along with a multitude of vitamins that your body needs, kale contains sulfur and fiber, which cleanse the liver of harmful toxins. Therefore, kale gives your body what it needs while taking out what it doesn’t.

    Lean nutrition
    One of the most amazing nutritional properties of kale is its low calorie count. Kale offers such a broad array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to the body, but one cup of it only contains about 36 calories and five grams of fiber.

    Kale is a staple ingredient in the raw recipes shared through the holistic healing program offered at Optimum Health Institute over three week-long sessions to be taken consecutively or independently. Each session includes courses that teach guests to quiet the mind, cleanse the body, and awaken the spirit through teachings derived from 24 ancient spiritual disciplines. To learn more about OHI, visit http://www.optimumhealth.org/ or call (800) 993-4325.

  • Touch into Optimum Health


    In four previous posts, we examined the importance of the senses of sight, sound, smell and taste on the body, mind and spirit. Today, we discuss how the sense of Touch is perhaps the most closely linked to all three, and is so crucially important for achieving optimum health.

    Back in 1995, twin girls were born in a hospital in Worchester, MA.  Each weighed only two pounds, and was immediately put in her own incubator.  In the ensuing days, one of the girls slowly began to gain weight, but her sister did not. Instead, she frantically cried non-stop, refusing any attempts to calm or soothe her.

    As a last ditch effort, a nurse decided to put the twins together in the same incubator.  Immediately, the inconsolable sister snuggled up to her twin and stopped crying.  Her blood oxygen levels, which had been critically low, soared.  Her normal pinkish color returned, and she began to sleep and eat.  With the tiny sisters in constant contact with each other, both girls continued to improve, and have gone on to lead normal, healthy lives.

    The sense of touch is the first sense an embryo develops.  Without positive touch infants fail to thrive, even when their other needs for survival are being met. 

    It is through touch we discover and learn about our world, protect ourselves, communicate with others and feel pleasure.  Tactile information is received through every part of the body

    Touch is how we show affection and acceptance.  A touch, or the lack of one, communicates acknowledgement, respect, inclusion and approval.  The sense of touch is critical to healthy develop of our bodies, minds and spirits.  Famous psychotherapist and author Virginia Satir said, “We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.”

    Frequently an unresolved emotional issue is stored in the body, and through the touch of a chiropractor or massage therapist, the hurt can be instantly released. Neuroscientist Candace Pert, PhD, jokes how she’s almost hit her chiropractor several times when he’s working on her body and touches a spot where an old grudge is stored.  We don’t even have to be conscious of what the issue is – all we know is our subconscious has held on to the anger, and through a touch, it is released.

    Healing benefits of touch are being documented in Reiki studies at hospitals, medical practices and Reiki practitioner treatment centers.  Reiki is a gentle form of energy healing that originated in Japan. In a Reiki session, the practitioner lightly places their hands directly on the client’s clothed body, or directly above it.  Through the connection of this touch, energy is sent to the client, and the client’s body decides how to best use the energy to heal and balance body, mind and spirit.  Studies have shown how Reiki touch can lower blood pressure, boost the autoimmune system and generally increase a feeling of calm and well-being.  Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of a syndicated TV show, shared that he frequently has a Reiki Master in his operating room to provide a healing touch to his patients before, during and after surgery.

    Dr. Pert’s books and audiotapes are available at the Optimum Health Stores at the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) missions in San Diego and Austin, TX, or by calling 888-643-7867.

    Reiki, chiropractic and massage treatments are also all available to guests at OHI.  Come experience the healing power of touch, and 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.