The link between our mental and physical states is so profound and closely integrated scientists have even coined a term for it – the Mindbody. The late Dr. Candace Pert, a globally respected neuroscientist and pharmacologist, broke new medical ground with her research offering evidence that “your body is your subconscious mind.” The Optimum Health Store carries Dr. Pert’s books and CDs.
When our brain is stressed with worries, fears and visions of all the things that could or are going wrong in our life, our body will respond accordingly. Back and chest pains, high blood pressure, insomnia, constipation, fatigue, headaches and weight gain or loss can frequently become physical manifestations of poor emotional health.
A recent TIME magazine special showed that more positive emotional states – like happiness, optimism, contentment and hopefulness – could lessen the severity or even the risk of developing physical symptoms. A similar study reported that optimism could reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 50%.
The relatively new field of positive psychology suggests that simple decisions to focus on what’s going right, rather than what’s going wrong, can measurably raise our level of optimism. For instance, pausing each evening for a week before we go to bed to focus on the three most wonderful things we experienced that day will boost our joy level for six months. Making the practice an on-going habit will continue to keep us in a more positive mental state.
Besides making a conscious decision to acknowledge all the good things unfolding in our lives, meditation is another excellent way to quiet the mind, increase our optimism, and nurture the body and spirit.
Meditation advocates from Buddhists to cardiologists encourage us to make the practice a regular part of our daily lives. M.R.I brain scans show that taking time daily to enter into a deep meditative state even changes the brain’s structure, increasing gray matter in the area of the brain governing learning and memory. Meditation also reduces gray matter in the region associated with anxiety and stress.
Learn more about meditation and cultivating more happiness with a one, two or ideally three week stay at OHI missions in San Diego and Austin, Texas. Help us celebrate 40 Years of Holistic Healing. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org , or call us at (800) 993-4325 to find out about special OHI Summer Retreat discounts and make your reservation.
“Healthful whole foods improve our brain function as well.” — Marilu Henner
Affirmation: Today I will make mindful plant-based food choices, knowing that what I eat not only fuels my body, but has a direct impact on my mood and mental clarity as well.
Smarter Food Choices = A Smarter Brain
When Optimum Health Institute (OHI) opened its doors 40 years ago, the raw, organic plant-based diet at the heart of the holistic healing program was widely viewed with skepticism. Today, scientists, medical doctors and nutritionists agree OHI has the recipe not only for a healthy body, but also for a healthy brain.
Adhering to a food plan of mostly vegetables, seeds and nuts, with very limited animal products, sugar and saturated fat, is shown to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by 53%. Here are some of the healthiest food choices to protect and nourish your brain:
Underneath that dimpled green skin, the flesh of the avocado serves up both vitamin K and folate, helping to prevent strokes while improving memory and concentration. Their high monosaturated fat – the good kind – helps keep blood sugar levels in balance, and gives your skin a healthy glow. They’re also high in protein.
Consider making beets a regular addition to your meals. While they boost blood flow to the brain, they also reduce inflammation and raise performance levels.
As a garnish, in a smoothie, or just by the handful, blueberries are hard to beat. This delicious super food packs in more antioxidants than nearly any other vegetable or fruit. With high levels of gallic acid, blueberries are especially good at keeping our brains stress-free and high-functioning.
To keep your memory sharp and fill up on healthy fiber, choose broccoli . Just one cup serves up 150% of your minimum daily requirement of vitamin C, too.
For a vegetable that uses more calories to chew than it has in a whole stalk, celery is a nutritional powerhouse. Besides bursting with vitamins, minerals and nutrients, celery is loaded with high levels of antioxidants and polysaccharides, natural anti-inflammatories that help alleviate symptoms related to inflammation, like joint pain and irritable bowel syndrome.
Leafy greens help keep dementia at bay with vitamins A and K. A single cup of kale has more than 684 percent of your recommended daily serving! Those are the vitamins you require to fight inflammation and keep bones strong
Just a few walnuts a day provide high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals for mental alertness. The vitamin E in the nuts can also help ward off Alzheimer’s.
Boost your brain health with a week, or two, or ideally three, at the Optimum Health Institute holistic healing missions in San Diego and Austin, Texas. Come help us celebrate 40 Years of Holistic Healing with special OHI Summer Retreat savings. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org , and call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.
Summertime – and the living is easy. With longer days and a slower pace, it’s the perfect season to give yourself a vacation from stress. Discover how taking some well-deserved nurturing time can help you push the healthy ‘reset’ button for your body, mind, and spirit.
With a 40-year track record of supporting people’s healing journey, the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) is making this summer a special opportunity for finding inner peace, mental clarity, and more happiness.
During your rejuvenating OHI Summer Retreat stay, our team members will support and encourage you as you take a few weeks to build yourself up and go deeper. Surrounded in the serene beauty of our artfully landscaped grounds, you will rediscover the tools you require to developmental sharpness, concentration, and self-awareness; slow the aging process; boost your immune system and improve your cardiovascular health, all while feeling more centered and content.
Enjoy a different delicious live, raw, organic plant-based lunch and dinner every day of your visit while you renew old friendships, and make new ones. Feel more empowered with each class, and discover again how gentle exercise helps quiet the mind and celebrate the spirit.
Be eligible for discounts and services valued up to $1,000 when you book a two or three-week OHI Summer Retreat for the week beginning 6/18/17 through the week beginning 9/10/17.
You’ll receive a Summer Mental Nourishment kit with the books, CDs, and DVDs selected to inspire and motivate you to stick with OHI’s holistic healing program while you’re visiting, and after you return home.
Rooms are limited, but your transformational results are not. Come help us celebrate 40 years of holistic healing at our missions in San Diego and Austin, Texas. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org , and call our team now at (800) 993-4325 to book your next retreat.
The first step in healing poor health habits is getting inspired to change. You’ll need to discover the tools essential for transformation . You’ll also have to integrate all this new information. OHI’s 21-day holistic healing program assists you, week by week, to transition into a new lifestyle of optimum health.
Week 1 inspires you with delicious meals, stimulating classes, and a serene environment that banishes stress. You learn how wheatgrass juice detoxifies, and why juice fasting, colon cleansing, exercise and massage help with healthy elimination.
The first week also offers classes to encourage and motivate you to make positive choices for your mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. You track your progress and journal your thoughts in your new OHI Planner.
Week 2 takes you deeper into the healing process. You learn to plan your menus, ferment vegetables and seeds, and activate the life force in nuts, seeds, grains and beans through soaking and sprouting. You also go on deep “inner journey” meditations to discover your core values. You define meaningful goals to help you navigate your life path with purpose and joy.
Week 3 is when it all comes together. You have a new clarity and sense of purpose and direction, and you feel empowered. You crave crunchy vegetables, not a quick sugar fix, and your energy level soars.
You learn how to transition from a 100% raw detoxification diet to the maintenance plan of 80% raw, 20% cooked. As a graduate of the 21-day holistic healing program, you have all the tools you require to achieve optimum health in body, mind and spirit.
Invest in your health and save money with special discounts beginning the week of 5/28/17 at OHI Austin and OHI San Diego. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org, or call (800) 993-4325 .
The bond between mother and child is sacred – and it doesn’t stop when kids grow up. When Lauren O’Leary developed an autoimmune disease, it was her mother, Kris, who insisted Lauren visit Optimum Health Institute (OHI). Kris had experienced the first two weeks of the holistic healing program herself, and mother’s intuition told her it could help Lauren deal with her weight gain, foggy brain and unpleasant reaction to all her medications.
After Lauren’s first day at OHI, the persistent itching that plagued her for months stopped. Her first week was magical, she told her mom, and she made plans to complete the second week in a few months. The two decided to do the third week together. The timing was perfect. Right before Mother’s Day, Kris gifted Lauren with tuition to accompany her for the third week.
The two women found even more to love about each other during their shared experience at OHI. They nudged each other to stick to the plan, and spent the week learning and laughing together.
Moms tend to put their kids first, Lauren said. While they were together at OHI, she could find out what was going on with her mother instead of everything being about her. With her new insights, Lauren feels even more love, respect and appreciation.
Sharing the third week with her mother was particularly rewarding, Lauren said, because they both gained new insight into the “big picture” of achieving, and maintaining, optimum health.
The ideal Mother’s Day gift for your mom – or your adult child – could be a shared visit to OHI. Invest in health and save hundreds of dollars on multi-week stays with special discounts through the week beginning 6/4/17 at OHI Austin, and the week beginning 6/11/17 at OHI San Diego. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org, or call (800) 993-4325 .
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.