• Differences Between Organic and Non-Organic Produce

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    What you eat has a huge impact on the way your body works, how you feel, and how well you function and perform. The higher nutrional content in the organic produce you eat can go a long way toward promoting natural healing in your body. Here are some of the important differences between organic and non-organic produce:

    Pesticides

    Non-organic produce is sprayed with chemicals to kill pests and diseases. These chemicals can remain on the produce until it reaches your home, where it can be ingested by you and your family even after washing. These pesticides may include neurotoxins that gradually build up and cause long-term health problems.

    Organic produce , on the other hand, isn’t doused with chemicals to kill pests. Organic produce farmers use birds and insects to keep harmful pests in check, or they may plant other flowers or plants nearby to repel the unwanted bugs. Other farmers may use natural or organic products to protect their plants from pests.

    Fertilizers

    As with pesticides, non-organic produce is fertilized with chemicals that promote growth but can be harmful to humans. Organic farmers use natural methods, like organic manure, to fertilize their crops. Compost is also used to promote strong, healthy plants.

    Herbicides

    Weeds are a problem for all produce farmers, but non-organic farmers use chemicals to kill the weeds that invade their crops. Organic farmers use less harmful methods to rid their fields of weeds. Mulch, hand weeding, and tilling are organic ways to keep weeds at bay.

    Conservation Methods

    Organic farmers work to conserve the environment in which their crops grow. They rotate their crops to avoid depleting the soil, gather rainwater to provide irrigation, and reduce pollution in their farming techniques. Non-organic farmers put less emphasis on the environment and more emphasis on the bottom line.

    At Optimum Health Institute, we serve only 100% certified organic foods.  To learn more about our holistic healing programs in San Diego and Austin, visit Optimum Health Institute online or call us today at (800) 993-4325.

  • The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen

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    Eating for natural healing means making sure the foods you consume are healthy and nutritious. Organic foods offer a wonderful way to get the quality nutrition you need without the harmful pesticides and chemicals found in non-organic foods. You should always buy some foods organic, while other produce you can purchase non-organic varieties of if necessary.

    The Dirty Dozen

    The dirty dozen are twelve foods that you should buy organic whenever possible. If you have a limited budget for organic foods, these are the items from the produce section that you should spend your money on. Remember that the foods of the dirty dozen have a high level of pesticides that could hamper your natural healing efforts. The dirty dozen include: celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, domestic blueberries, imported nectarines, imported grapes, bell peppers, cherries, potatoes, leafy greens, and lettuce.

    The Clean Fifteen

    The clean fifteen are foods that don’t need to be organic to get the best quality, the least amount of pesticides, and optimal natural health. Some of these fruits and veggies don’t retain pesticides, or very few pesticides are used in their production. Buy these foods as conventional produce and save your money for the dirty dozen. The clean fifteen include: onions, avocados, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, pineapple, mango, kiwi, sweet peas, cantaloupe, watermelon, asparagus, eggplant, cabbage, grapefruit, and tomatoes.

    Remember that local foods aren’t always organic, but you can find local farmers whose produce has fewer pesticides than those found in the supermarket. Local and organic foods are good for natural healing and can be wonderful additions to your holistic health plan.  Call us at (800) 993-4325 to learn more about our body-mind-spirit programs, in San Diego and Austin, today.  If you want to find out more about holistic health and more tips on eating healthy foods in California, come to  Optimum Health Institute .

  • How You Can Transform Your Body, Mind, and Spirit in Just 3 Weeks

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    Many Americans struggle to revitalize their bodies. Unfortunately, attempting the process alone often yields little or no results, and only works to frustrate the individual even more. Fortunately, the Optimum Health Institute uses alternative medicine to help completely transform you in less than a month.

    Participants who enroll in our program will start by attending a welcome orientation in which we provide an overview on our program, classes, activities, facility, and offered services. There are several things you can expect during your three-week program, including:

    · Circle time before each meal allows us to share announcements in fellowship, pray together, and focus on an inspiration word for the day.

    · Daily wheatgrass juicing to cleanse cells, and purify the blood.

    · Gentle exercise and morning walk to stimulate the lymphatic system to help eliminate body toxins, promote the healing process, and boost immune system function.

    · Afternoon stretch class to help gain flexibility, increase blood circulation, calm your mind, and relax your body for the rest of the day.

    · A release ceremony in which participants can burn a list of events in their past that no longer serve them well.

    · Inspirational testimonials from guests who share their stories about emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical healing.

    · Friday night live sessions in which you can share your own personal talents.

    · Saturday night movie nights.

    · Closing classes in which you set realistic goals, aim for progress, journal said progress, and continue on the road toward optimum health.

    At Optimum Health Institute , our three-week program can help you achieve a balanced lifestyle through holistic practices.  To learn more about our holistic healing program offered at our San Diego and Austin centers, visit Optimum Health Institute or call us today at (800) 993-4325

  • Wheatgrass: Key Ingredient to a Healthier You

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    Wheatgrass refers to the young grass of the wheat plant Triticum aestivum and contains a number of vitamins and antioxidants, such as vitamins A, E, and B-12, as well as calcium, selenium, magnesium, and iron. In addition to providing essential vitamins and nutrients to your diet, natural foods  such as wheatgrass can benefit your health in a number of other ways.

    Gives You Energy

    One of the first benefits of wheatgrass is that it energizes your mind and body to help you feel refreshed throughout your day. In fact, two ounces of fresh wheatgrass juice is the equivalent of two cups of coffee. In addition, studies show that drinking one ounce of wheatgrass juice contains the same amount of vitamins and minerals as consuming one ounce of fresh vegetables.

    Boosts Your Vascular Health

    Another big benefit of wheatgrass is that it helps support your blood health. This is accomplished by building red blood cells quickly after ingestion, speeding up circulation, lowering blood pressure, and cleansing the blood of waste.

    Curbs Cravings

    Research suggests that because the nutritional value of wheatgrass juice is so high, it may help prevent the hunger cravings that cause overeating, ultimately serving as a weight control tool. Wheatgrass can also boost your weight loss goals by increasing your metabolism.

    Improves Immune Function

    Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of wheatgrass juice is that it helps boost your immune system. Wheatgrass juice contains chlorophyll, which aids your immune system by increasing the function of your heart and improving the condition of your vascular system, intestines, and lungs.

    At the Optimum Health Institute , we believe that when you cleanse and nourish your body, it can restore itself to its natural balance.  To help your body cleanse and restore itself, OHI provides:

    • wheatgrass juice to cleanse cells and purify blood
    • enemas and wheatgrass implants to cleanse the colon

    To learn more about our holistic healing programs in San Diego and Austin, call us today at (800) 993-4325.

  • Exploring What’s In Store for You During Week Two at Optimum Health Institute

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    Each week of Optimum Health Institute’s holistic healing program is designed to help you master the different tools you need to promote a healthy lifestyle.

    During your second week at Optimum Health Institute, you will start taking classes that expand on what you learned and experienced during week one. Your classes during week two will include:

    · Sprouting instruction, in which you learn how to soak and sprout nuts, grains, beans, and seeds in order to activate an inherit life force within the food.

    · Fermented foods and recipes class, during which you can learn how to make fermented foods that will aid digestion. This includes foods such as sauerkraut, seed cheese, and rejuvelac.

    · Enzyme course, wherein you can discover how enzymes function in both your body and in food.

    · Menu planning, in which you will learn how to plan nutritious meals that allow you to maintain a healthy diet after you have left the program.

    · Organic gardening, which teaches you how to support organic farmers and promote healthier eating habits.

    · At-home follow-up class that helps you review the key guidelines to maintaining a cleansing diet.

    · Personal care class, in which you make your own organic face mask for a radiant glow.

    · Focus 1 and 2 classes. These classes encourage you use your OHI planner to identify your highest priorities, including your goals, core values, and how you ultimately spend your time.

    · Conscious breathing classes that allow you to discover the spiritual disciplines used to release stress, increase emotional awareness, control pain, facilitate personal growth, and enhance concentration through breathing techniques.

    · Communication course designed to help you master different communication styles for more efficient communication.

    Our courses are designed to help you discover that your life is a gift in which you learn new ways to live your life.

    Visit Optimum Health Institute online or call (800) 993-4325 to set up a reservation for our three-week holistic healing program in San Diego or Austin.

  • Understanding the Benefits of a Raw Food Diet

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    Fruits and vegetables lose a considerable amount of their nutrients when they are heated above 105 Fahrenheit. Eating foods that are raw allows you to take advantage of all the vital nutrients within food, many of which are necessary for your health and wellbeing . At Optimum Health Institute, we prepare raw meals using dehydrated, fermented, and fresh foods that are combined to provide optimum nutrition.

    Improved Digestion

    Your body utilizes enzymes to help digest food. Raw fruits and vegetables naturally contain enzymes that are destroyed when the food is cooked. By consuming a raw diet, you can provide your body with additional enzymes, allowing for better digestion and absorption of foods and nutrients.

    Benefits of Juice Fasting

    One benefit of a juice fast are that the food is easily digested with minimal energy by the body.  With a juice fast you can take advantage of the vital nutrients in food without the taxing digestion.  Also, another benefit is that a juice fast is alkalizing to the body pH.  Eating an alkalizing diet, as opposed to an acidic diet, can help with a myriad of physical complaints and illnesses.

    Reduced Risk of Diseases

    There are a number of chemicals and nutrients found naturally in raw foods that can help prevent diseases. For example, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and kale contain high amounts of isothiocyanates, a group of chemicals that have been shown to help fight cancer. Cooking these vegetables eliminates the isothiocyanates within them. A raw diet has also been found to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and lower overall cholesterol levels.

    Healthier Weight

    A raw food diet promotes a healthy body weight. The consumption of high amounts of raw food and vegetables eliminates excess fat and sugars from the diet. In addition, better digestion may result in higher energy levels which can make regular exercise easier to accomplish.

    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. To learn more about the raw food diet from Optimum Health Institute of San Diego and Austin, call us today at (800) 993-4325.

  • An Overview of Week 1 at Optimum Health Institute

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    The holistic healing program offered by Optimum Health Institute is a 21-day program which is provided in three week-long sessions. Week 1 of the program is designed to help participants recognize the connection that exists between the body, the mind, and the spirit. This week also provides basic tools that support and inspire self reliance in living a  holistic lifestyle .  The following are examples of some of the topics we offer in the first weeks classes.

    Introduction to the Program

    During the first week, participants are introduced to the importance of balancing their lives using a combination of purpose, a positive attitude, persistence, patience and prayer. Participants are encouraged to become aware of the needs of their body, mind, and spirit.

    Cleansing the Body, Mind, and Spirit

    Total cleansing is necessary to provide the foundation for healing. During the first week of the holistic healing program, the body is cleansed of toxins by utilizing the benefits of wheatgrass, juice fasting, colon cleansing, exercise, and massage. Participants are also encouraged to detoxify emotionally and to understand the connection between their emotions and their health. Mental detoxification is promoted by the replacing negative thoughts with positive intentions.

    Relaxation and Self-esteem

    Relaxation is essential for the management of stress and pain . At Optimum Health Institute, we teach Alpha meditation techniques to quiet the mind and promote healing. The importance of self-esteem and the acceptance of one’s self for total wellness are also introduced during the first week of the holistic healing program.

    Holistic Lifestyle Skills

    Participants in our program our introduced to useful appliances to implement a holistic lifestyle, such as juicers, dehydrators, and sprouting supplies. The process of growing and juicing wheatgrass, which provides a number of nutritional benefits, will be discussed. An introduction to combining foods to maximize nutrient absorption is also included in the first week.

    It is possible to bring your life, your self, and your body into balance. Our holistic healing programs in San Diego and Austin can be completed in three week-long segments or all at once. To learn more about holistic healing and the services we provide, call Optimum Health Institute today at (800) 993-4325.

  • 5 Core Classes to Help You Build a Foundation for a Healthy Life

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    At Optimum Health Institute, we provide a holistic healing program that can help you cleanse and nourish your body while focusing your mind and renewing your spirit. Participants in our holistic healing program have the opportunity to attend a number of classes, including our core classes which will help you build a solid foundation for healing.

    New Guest Orientation

    During this core class, you will become familiar with the courses, activities, and services that are available to you. In addition, the facility itself will be introduced. This orientation provides you with the information required to begin your health journey.

    Wheatgrass Juicing

    Wheatgrass provides a number of nutritional and health benefits. You can join our daily class and learn how to juice this potent raw food. You can also visit the greenhouse to see how wheatgrass is grown.

    Lymphatic Exercise

    Participating in gentle exercise on a regular basis is a great way to help cleanse your body and stimulate the healing process. This daily class includes a series of gentle movements designed to stimulate the lymphatic system to eliminate toxins.

    Release Ceremony

    An important part of beginning your healing journey is letting go of the habits, thoughts, and practices that held you back. In this safe environment, you can burn a list of anything from your past that is no longer helpful to you. This process allows you to release negative aspects from your life so you can focus on positive intentions.

    Inspirational Testimonials

    During this core class, you will listen to the testimonials of other guests who have participated in Optimum Health Institute’s holistic healing program. You will learn about the journeys of others and hear the impact on their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing.

    These are only some of our core classes of the healing program at Optimum Health Institute . To learn more about our holistic healing programs in San Diego or Austin, call us today at (800) 993-4325.

  • About Optimum Health Institute of San Diego and Austin

    Optimum Health Institute is a comprehensive center that promotes healing and overall wellness. We have two locations where our God-centered holistic healing program is offered.

    This video features testimonials from participants of the holistic healing program at the San Diego and Austin locations of Optimum Health Institute. You will also hear from our president and COO of Optimum Health Institute about our history and mission to improve the mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing of everyone we touch. Watch this full clip to get a glimpse of the different aspects of the program that promote healing for the body, mind, and spirit.

    At Optimum Health Institute , our faith-based healing program can help individuals achieve a balanced lifestyle through holistic practices. To learn more about the holistic healing program offered at both our San Diego and Austin centers, call us today at (800) 993-4325.

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  • The Human Body: Designed To Heal Naturally

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    While humans have created a number of astonishing machines and technologies, none have come close to the sophistication of the human body. We have the ability to cleanse and heal ourselves naturally , and our bodies can produce amazing results when given the right nutritional support.

    Detoxification

    In today’s world, there are a number of toxins that many people consume and absorb on a regular basis, from antibiotics in milk to volatile organic compounds in the air. The body has a remarkable ability to cleanse itself of these harmful toxins when given the right tools. Toxins are naturally neutralized or eliminated by a number of organs, including the liver, kidneys, and colon. Providing your body with large amounts of water and the correct nutrients, such as vitamin C and beta-carotene, from fruits and leafy greens can help support the natural detoxification process.  Also, daily colon cleansing with enemas or colonics helps to rid the body of toxins.

    Self-Healing

    The human body is able to heal from devastating injuries and conditions when given the necessary time and means. Your body has the ability to regenerate different tissues to repair and reverse problems. However, it is important for the mind to be clear and relaxed in order for the body’s healing potential to be maximized. In addition, a diet that is full of the necessary enzymes and nutrients can assist your body while it self-heals.

    Restoration of Balance

    Your body is constantly working to attain a state of equilibrium, or balance. The kidneys are important for maintaining the right balance in your blood by filtering wastes, acids, and toxins from the body. One of the important balances found within your body is its pH. Your body works to achieve a neutral pH of 7.35; eating raw foods which are alkaline-forming, such as dark leafy greens, will help your body neutralize the acids found in processed foods like dairy products and refined flours.

    Your body is designed to perform amazing feats when given the chance. If you are interested in maximizing your body’s healing potential, Optimum Health Institute  in San Diego or Austin can help. Our holistic healing program promotes total wellness and supports the body’s natural healing mechanisms. To learn more, call us today at (800) 993-4325.