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Bringing Sanoviv Home: Part 1

Sanoviv Medical Institute Review

I recently returned from a visit to Sanoviv Medical Institute. It was an incredible experience, to say the least!

Sanoviv is by far the most healing medical environment I’ve ever experienced. It’s both a hospital and a place of holistic healing. Patients range from those with a Stage IV cancer to those with mystery symptoms that cannot be explained, plus many more attend Sanoviv to seek diagnosis, treatment, and healing. (See what conditions Sanoviv can treat here.)

All of the food is fresh, organic, gluten-free and dairy-free. There isn’t any caffeine, alcohol, refined sugar, dairy or gluten-containing grains on the premises, but they keep you full with incredible fresh meals three times per day, green juice, wheatgrass shots, herbal teas, and fresh coconut water. I already eat really clean, but this is a whole other level.

Sanoviv Dinner Elizabeth Rider

I’ve been to Sanoviv eight times now—twice as a patient and six times as an educational retreat leader—and have incorporated many of the Sanoviv practices into my home and daily health routine. This series will cover simple ways you can bring Sanoviv home as well, whether you’ve attended or not.

Bringing Sanoviv Home: Part 1

1. Add a pinch of unrefined sea salt each time you fill up your water bottle.

A small amount of salt in your water will help your cells/body use the water more efficiently. A few of my tests were showing slight dehydration even though I drink a ton of water. It could have been from the flight but just to be safe they recommended that I add a pinch of sea salt to my water going forward. And don’t worry, you can’t even taste a pinch of sea salt in water.

Sanoviv uses the Real Salt brand and it’s what I’ve used at home for years. You can get it at just about any grocery store these days.

2. Use glass as much as possible to store your food and drinks.

Glass is non-reactive and always best for storing anything you consume because plastic molecules can transfer to your food and water, even if the material is BPA-free. Plastics can act as what we call a xenoestrogen in the body, or something that mimics the estrogen hormone, which can throw your natural hormone balance way out of whack.

Use a glass water bottle for on-the-go and/or use mason jars with sipping lids while at home. You can find straw/sipping lids for mason jars at most home stores, or order them online. I also keep stainless steel and glass straws around. I think I’ve had my glass straws for about 8 years now. Using fewer plastics is better for your health and better for the environment.

3. Reduce your beauty products as much as possible (even more than you think).

Many of the ingredients in beauty products also act as xenoestrogens when absorbed through your skin. We still have to / want to / get to live in the modern world! You don’t have to quit using everything all together, but try to be extra mindful of what you use. See what you can reduce or replace with something purer.

Replacing body lotion with organic virgin coconut oil or organic (light) sesame oil is one of the best things you can do to help this because it’s the product that covers the most surface area of your body. Those scented commercial lotions contain all sorts of unhealthy chemicals that are absorbed into your skin and go into your bloodstream and need to be processed by your liver and carried out through your lymphatic system, liver, and kidneys. Oy! That’s a lot for your body to process for little additional benefit.

In general with beauty products look for items made without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, coloring, and fragrance. There are thousands of different chemicals used in beauty products and we don’t know the long term effects of most of them, so the fewer items you can use the better.

4. Keep your phone in airplane mode as much as possible.

Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) are invisible and all around us. As the book, The Healthy Home states, “The electromagnetism of life is not only all around us, it’s all through us.”

Everything in the universe exists because of the balance between charged particles. The advances in technology over the last 100 years have brought wonderful things into our lives (hello Face-Timing with my sisters and nephews!), and have also created a whole slew of man-made EMFs that can potentially harm our health.

One easy thing you can do to reduce your EMF exposure is keep your phone (and any cellular-enabled device) in airplane mode as much as possible. If possible, keep all cell phones and devices (yes, even your Apple Watch) out of the bedroom. At the very least, put your devices in airplane mode while you sleep (with wifi on only if you really need it).

Another small and easy change is to replace your digital alarm clock with an analog clock, you know, the kind that doesn’t plug in. Not only does this reduce EMFs around your head at night, but it also gets rid of the light from the digital face that can affect your sleep. I did this years ago and don’t miss my digital one.

5. Start your day with a mug of warm water with lemon.

This is an oldie but goodie. Holistic wellness practitioners have been recommending doing this for ages, but it’s one of those rituals that is easy to forget about.

Starting your day with warm water with lemon jumpstarts your digestive tract to purify your body throughout the day. Sanoviv also recommends adding a dash of cayenne to further enhance the process. You lose a lot of moisture as you sleep simply from breathing, so hydrating first thing in the morning helps you feel better throughout the day. Aside from the digestive benefits, you’ll also get a fresh dose of vitamin C and other good nutrients.

Simply add the juice of half of an organic lemon to warm-to-hot (not boiling) water. Boil your water in your preferred kettle, then let it rest for a few minutes before using as boiling water will kill most of the enzymes and some of the vitamin C in the lemon juice. The water should be warm but not too hot. The lemon juice must be fresh, never bottled.

In addition to the physical benefits of lemon water, having a morning ritual is good for your mind & spirit, too. Marking the beginning and end of your days with rituals signals your body to reduce stress and ease into the flow of your schedule.

Read Bringing Sanoviv Home: Part 2 here.

Learn More About Sanoviv Here


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  1. Is there a discount for Usana members for accommodations or treatment at Sanoviv?

  2. Wow I would love to visit this place soon. Your point 4 to keep your phone on airplane mode reminded me just how many man made EMFs are around us. The quote from the book The Healthy Home “The electromagnetism of life is not only all around us, it’s all through us” was chilling to me. Don’t get me wrong I love technology but I had forgotten just how potentially harmful EMFs long term are for us.

    Currently every night I charge my phone and place it on my nightstand next to me. NO MORE! Thanks for the wake-up reminder.

  3. Christi Flaherty says:

    The food looks amazing. I would love to see that schedule up close unless there is personal info on it. Can you email it to me? I’m very interested in this place. I’ve been working with a naturopath for a year and gotten nowhere.

  4. Maria says:

    Thanks for bringing ideas home to us❤

  5. Laurie says:

    I am interested in your Sanoviv trip. My question is am I able to sign up for your trip and still participate in the Sanoviv medical program (detox, etc) instead of the spa program?
    Please provide me with additional details. Thanks, I really want to do this!

    • Hi Laurie, my 2019 Sanoviv retreat is sold out, but you can contact them to get on the waitlist. 🙂 They offer retreat students the chance to upgrade to certain programs based on availability, so you have to speak with them directly to ask to see what is open. Contact Sergio (info above) and he can give you more info. Thanks! ~E

  6. Hi there! Sanoviv does have a referral program but they do not pay commissions.

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