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Spending a Day of Health, Education, Relaxation, Happiness and Fitness at Hippocrates
A Day At Hippocrates
The Journey Continues: Day Six of Seven
I’m getting to the end of my one week stay at Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, FL, and am learning all about health, nutrition, fitness, and other ways to nourish and relax your body. Friday, the sixth day, was an example of a typical day at Hippocrates and it was super packed with all that this place offers.
In the morning, they put out lemons and limes in water as the first thing you should drink, because it helps to alkalize your body. Since most serious diseases love an acidic body, what better way to start out your day. Then you can either have breakfast, attend one of the many educational seminars, join an exercise class or go to an appointment.
In my case I had two appointments at VIDA, which is the nursing center where I tested the Viofor machine and the TurboSonic.
The Viofor magnetostimulation equipment works on the body’s cells with the goal of returning them to their peak condition. How it does this is by improving the “electrical state, blood supply and oxygen to the cells.” This helps them to detoxify, reproduce and regenerate. By doing this your body becomes like a well-oiled machine and can work at its maximum to help it heal.
The TurboSonic was truly my favorite. You stand on it and you feel an intense vibration (sonic vibrations) go through the body. This helps in many ways such as improving circulation and working to tone the muscles, which then helps to increase the detoxification process.
After that it was time for breakfast. This was a bowl of hot quinoa and Brazilian nut milk. They serve quinoa on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Millet on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. After that I filled up my water bottle with the pure water you can drink everywhere on the grounds.
At some time during the morning and evening as part of our schedule we need to juice and drink two ounces of wheatgrass which not only is nutritious but gives you an energy boost.
Around 10:00 they bring out the green drink and it is suggested that you drink 16 ounces of this twice a day. It comes out at 10:00 and 4:00. The green drink is made with cucumbers, celery, sunflower sprouts, pea sprouts, and Holy Basil.
Holy Basil, a plant that originated in India, is considered one of their most sacred plants. It is said to have both spiritual and restorative properties. It is believed to help with stress as well as help the detoxification process, while also increases stamina, endurance and energy.
Learning to Sprout
After that I, along with a bunch of other people, headed to the “Hut,” for one of the educational classes. This was hosted by Brian Hetrich and focused on sprouting, a topic that all of us are very interested in. After eating sprouts all week and hearing how beneficial they are for you, the next obvious step is knowing how to make them.
Hetrich is an amazing speaker and explains everything in a way that allows you to retain what he is saying. We learned that there are three different categories of sprouting: easy, easier and easiest.
The easiest is the beans and legumes (category one) and the leafy sprouts (category two), which can be sprouted in a jar following a simple water and rinse protocol that produces sprouts in just a few days. On the road, there is a sprouting bag you can use, and again this is easy to do. The tops of the jars change for the size of the sprouts. The length of time and how you handle them varies but overall sprouting can be done at home easily for categories one and two.
When you get to the category three stage, which includes wheatgrass, sunflower and pea sprouts and some of the others, there is more involved as these grow much bigger than the others. And so they require a different set of steps, including a sprouting tray, potting to plant them in and a longer time to sprout.
While that is a very condensed version of all that goes into sprouting, after his guidance it did make you feel that sprouting is something that can be done. And to help us along, Hetrich wrote a book called “Growing Your Own Living Foods,” that outlines pretty much everything he told us in this workshop.
Lunch and Nourishment for the Body and Soul
That took about two hours which brought us to the amazing lunch that is served every day. While most of the sprouts and leafy greens and other single veggies are very much the same, there is also a unique selection. For today, the favorite was tuna fish. I can’t even begin to imagine how they managed to make tuna fish that truly tasted like the real thing out of purely Vegan ingredients, but this was a home run for everyone.
Lunch finished at 2:00 and everyone headed out in different directions. I was working on doing some interviews and other things related to today’s story. Then at 3:00 I had a fitness orientation session in the gym. After outlining what my issues are my trainer put me through 25 minutes of exercises that are focused on my concerns (which include a pinched nerve, arthritis and sciatica).
For me, that meant exercises to strengthen my legs, which I am also able to continue at home if I want.
I then had a session on the H-Wave machine, an amazing piece of equipment designed to relieve pain and speed up the healing process, this is done by changing the blood tissue chemistry. While you are using it, the full cycle muscle contractions create a flushing of the “interstitial space,” which helps get rid of inflammation and toxic waste products, thus freeing up the body and allowing more healing to take place. I’ll write more about this in another article as I want to try using it a bit more to see what kind of results I get.
After that I went into the infrared sauna and mineral bath, which were both well worth doing. The sauna helps to sweat out some of the toxins while the mineral bath allows your body to soak in the salts and minerals it needs to help support your road to health.
As the Day Comes to a Close
That brought me up to my second serving of two ounces of wheatgrass before heading off to dinner. Again, all the sprouts plus the other vegetables (such as radishes, carrots, sweet peppers and olives) are mostly all the same at lunch and dinner because each benefits your body in a different and nourishing way. For this dinner, the “unique” food was their version of spaghetti, or what looked like the real thing. It wasn’t quite the consistency of spaghetti, but it was still good.
At the end of the day, I always fill up my water bottle with good clean water to take with me and some wheatgrass for a procedure we do day and night called a wheatgrass implant, which is designed to help your digestion.
Then it’s home to write and post my story while others can continue with other classes, enjoy some relaxation or take advantage of some other things available around the grounds.
Our days are very busy which helps them pass quickly and with each day you gain more knowledge.
When you first arrive and the more you learn, you feel a bit overwhelmed and concerned about how you are going to manage this road to health after you leave Hippocrates. However, each day brings with it a lot of knowledge that you will be able to use once you no longer have the support of all that Hippocrates gives you onsite.
It won’t be easy but it can be done, if you are willing to take it on. Knowing that the result will be a better and healthier life, helps give you the guidance to do what you need to do to achieve your goals. That’s the Hippocrates way.
So, keep following me in this journey of health, the Hippocrates way. For more about Hippocrates, visit their website at www.hippocratesinst.org, or call 561-471-8876. And if you happen to know a person who needs some healing help, tell them about Hippocrates, because Hippocrates is about health, happiness, and healing.