Khabir Southwick is a professional health coach and expert; a practitioner of Ayurveda; a nutritionist; an herbalist; a public speaker; and a writer. Born in Tucson Arizona in 1962, Khabir was raised as a vegetarian by parents who educated him in nutrition and western herbs in the mountains and deserts of Arizona.
By age 18, he was helping others improve their diet and providing herbal teas for common health conditions. After studying the traditional nutritional sciences and western herbal medicine, from 1982 Khabir traveled overseas where he studied and practiced in Europe, India, Taiwan and Japan a wide range of health-care modalities including shiatsu, oil massage, Indian herbal medicine, Reiki and clinical Ayurveda.
Khabir is extremely knowledgeable of both traditional and current natural therapies as well as diets that support the prevention and recovery from many chronic health conditions and digestive issues. Since returning to the United States in 1998, he as dedicated his life’s work to understanding and treating the root causes of illness based on Ayurveda principles and practices. For over 20 years, he has had great success with many clients due to his holistic approach.
With his enthusiasm to help others improve their health, Khabir regularly provides public talks and workshops throughout Southern California. See http://www.naturalhealingojai.com/events. Currently, Khabir maintains a busy private practice in beautiful Meiners Oaks, Ojai and is the on-call nutritionist at Byrant Street Gym, ForeverFit Pilates Studio and Evergreen Chiropractic by appointment. Khabir travels regularly to Los Angeles and Santa Barbara and supports clients throughout the country by phone often with astounding success. Residing in Ojai California, Khabir enjoys hiking, horseback riding, gardening and spending time with his son.
Khabir is the founder and director of Eat With Your Head a non-profit dedicated to educating children in healthy eating and living habits. His volunteer work includes educating children about healthy foods.
HI Khabir, Thank you so much again for all the amazing info you shared in the workshop last week. I have been searching for the optimal diet for decades; studying nutrition, healthy eating, ayurvedic etc. Even so, I still couldn’t figure out the ideal way to eat. Alas, now I know thanks to you and your workshop and it’s amazingly simple. I have now lost 7 pounds in the last 8 days and know I am finally on the way to easily creating a super healthy ideal weight for myself. The diet you shared is actually quite inexpensive, even better it is satisfying, what my body seems to need and want. This has really transformed my world to know what to eat that will give me long lasting energy throughout the day without feeling a need to snack and I feel great. I am so grateful, thank you! S.G.
When I came to see you last month I had a swollen elbow that prevented my working on my laptop, which seriously affected my ability to function as a marketing consultant and writer. The swelling on my elbow went down right after you shared that my condition was an inflamation and provided an anti-inflammatory herbal tea mix.
I cannot believe how much great info I got out of your talk last night. You definitely answered my questions of what to eat and when. And how to set my body up to burn more fat. Thanks again so much.
Thank you for the seminar last night – it was very helpful and I know others that will enjoy it also. Regards, Christine
You are a magician. My spasms are mostly gone. The inflammation has been greatly reduced. Very little pain or stiffness. in fact, I a feeling back on course energetically.
Thanks for being at HIP today. I always enjoy you, i really do. I find you extremely entertaining while sharing knowledge at the same time! You had a good turn out. people seem to really love your talks! So, i hope you do it again sometime soon. Owner, Hip Vegetarian Joint, Ojai
Khabir your commitment to your work and your compassion for the people you work with are commendable....
Those sleeping herbs are the absolute best thing that has happened to me in ten years. Sleeping so well. Wow I can't tell you how huge that is. I stopped taking the marinol.
I have been working with Khabir since April and I have had some amazing improvements to my health. I have less pain in my body, my knees are feeling better and I've lost 30 lbs. I have found that his knowledge and support have been just what I needed.
Thank you so much for your work, I just love this process!The personal support is what has been missing with the other health care practioners I have worked with in the past. That is the big difference in creating the feeling of success I have in making this shift towards a healthy, balanced life style. Thank you!
I never stopped many of the habits I learned from you, [and] never stopped telling people about you and appreciating all the stuff you taught me.:-)
I just want to tell you that the herbs you suggested are working well! THANK YOU SO MUCH for being patient and open to my needs and hopes.
I haven't had any fibro pain for 4 days now! WOW! The food, herbs, acupuncture are helping me. I went to the Doc last week and he said the blood work is "within normal range".
Been sticking to my diet as prescribed & feeling so much better its actually amazing. I've taken everything out of my diet that aggravates my system (sugar, wheat, corn, dairy except goat cheese & some plain yogurt, potatoes, tomatoes, acidic fruits, everything on that list) & adding in cooling, soothing foods & adding in a lot more veggies & focusing on more protein!
I've lost another lb. 6 lbs total, pretty good for just a diet change.
It's been so fabulous to be feeling better and figuring out interesting recipes on this diet. It's a new lease on life and I'm grateful for your support and guidance. Thank you!
Was an amazing day and the time we spent with you was so joyful. We feel the best we have been feeling since your consultation also. And on the last note had a nice mix some floated and some sank. So the change has already started lol. Peace, Love and harmonious vibrations Brother. See you soon. Thank you, Khabir, The Lee Family...
I really enjoy the time I spend with you and value highly your friendship and advice.
Energies are much calmer and more balanced, stress levels definitely down. Thanks to those wonderful teas, I’ve fairly effortlessly eliminated coffee, red meat and ice cream/sugar from my diet.
I just wanted to thank you for helping me rethink my dietary habits - I have been eating all the vata foods, cooking my vegetables, using more oil and spices. I have to say I feel and look so much better now, it's really quite amazing! I, and I'm sure countless other people, am truly grateful for the work you do. Blessings, Ashley Pintek
I was skeptical at first about working with a nutritionist on the phone, however, Khabir has proved to be very effective in helping me improve my diet and my overall health. I feel more energy after all the superfood supplements he recommended and I'm sleeping much better too. More importantly for me, I’m losing weight and am clear about what I have to do to keep losing weight. Before I starting with Khabir on the phone and Skype I had crazy food cravings and was fatigued mostly in the afternoon. It is just so incredible that changing my diet and taking Khabir’s recommended supplements all from food sources could help my conditions so quickly and without vitamins. I cannot than you enough Khabir and I look forward to visiting you someday.
The dietary suggestions have been very helpful as well. I basically embraced all the suggestions and have started to implement them. I dropped two pounds in two days. maybe there was a lot of salt retention in there, but in any case it is pretty good. Thanks for your help with all this dietary changes that is being very useful.
thank you for all you've done getting me to change my diet.
Thanks for the tip on switching to a more Vata diet, my skin is softer and I feel better.
khabir is very passionate about sharing his knowledge about right nutrition and how to find out what we each need or not in our diet.
Khabir helped me learn the types of foods appropriate for my body-type. Khabir's intuition/knowledge about the types of food that I like were uncannily accurate. The knowledge of how to better take care of myself is priceless and will help me stay happy and healthy for the rest of my life. His services are highly recommended. Thanks Khabir
I thought the talk was great. You have a lot of great information, and I love your approach that there is no "one-size fits all" diet. You make the information fun and easy to understand. Ayervedic nutrition is really interesting to me, and I find the concepts easy to apply . . .
Thank you for caring about health and for being so supportive! You are a blessing :)
Thank you Khabir. I now have gained weight in all the right places! On the Vata diet my sweet cheeks have returned!!
After meeting with Khabir for only a few hours, I learned more about my body’s needs as a Vata as it is called in Ayurveda. I had been told before about Ayurveda eating recommendations for my body-type but when Khabir explained it he made a complicated concept simple. This showed me his deep understanding of the subject and how best I could care for my Vata body-type. I was amazed that ALL of the foods that he recommended that I eat daily like seaweeds, miso and brown rice are already my favorites! With a few exceptions most of the foods that are not supportive of my Vata body-type are foods that I don’t care much for anyway. Then he went on and told me what supplements, herbs, spices and even oil were best for my body. Everything he said completed resonated with me. Now I understand that I need to eat like a Vata because I am a Vata! Thank you Khabir.
Thank you so much for hosting the movie last night. It was quite an eye opener and I really learned so much! I just wanted you to know your hospitality and knowledge was appreciated greatly
I really enjoyed the talk and evening last night. Thanks for the treats and great info!
I love the tea you provided me. I have definitely noticed a LIFT in my mood. thank you
Hi Khabir, I want to thank you so much for spending so much time with me and so patiently last Saturday. I feel so much better this week - the massage really help my body let go of bloat and toxins, I am focusing on staying hydrated (given i was so dehydrated and didn't even know it), and the new diet has returned me to a more grounded and focused state. I am really happy to see such dramatic improvements after one only session. I can't thank you enough.
I have already made a lot of positive changes based on the wealth of knowledge you shared with me and feel my time was well spent with you. Thank you for everything!
Khabir - Thanks to our conversations and all of your knowledge on nutrition and natural healing, I have recognized my own need to balance my body's pH levels. Thanks for educating me!!! For the first time, it's sinking in. Thank you.
Chronic stomach problems and related ailments are things I had suffered with for the better part of my adult life. I've tried various over-the-counter products and medications prescribed by my doctor, all of which just seemed to temporarily mask the discomfort I was experiencing. It was not until my paths crossed with Khabir that I was able to finally get the relief I sought and deal with the problems I was having head-on. By following Khabir's advice and recommendations, I began a regimen that included regular use of aloe vera, herbal teas and modifications to my diet. Today, thanks to Khabir's knowledge and wisdom, my stomach problems are a thing of the past. I have more energy and feel healthier and happier as a result.
I have had many typical health problems including constipation, heartburn and upset stomach and have been taking many different medications over the years. However, with some simple changes to my diet and the elimination of coffee, I have learned how to avoid the foods and things that inhibit my digestive system from working properly. I don't know anything about nutrition but what Khabir taught me helped me understand how I digest food and what foods I need to avoid.
Living a hectic life in Los Angeles was enough to make me want to go to Ojai. So I did just that. I went to visit Khabir during one of his beautiful natural healing retreats. I felt wonderful the moment I arrived. We talked in detail about my desire to feel better, have more energy, have a great choice of foods to eat and most importantly, to stop drinking coffee for good. He made it very easy for me to understand how important it is to just make the right choices that would benefit me in my life. After 10 days with no coffee...okay, I've had one cup and honestly it tasted horrible. I feel more alive with Khabir's help and the natural teas that he made up for me after a trip to the local health food market. I love these teas. On a more serious note, my husband came along for this journey and I cannot tell you how happy I am for him. He has done a complete change in his diet - he's already lost 2" on his waistline, gave up all fruit juices, which were loaded with sugar. He also gave up 90% of the carbs he was eating and is exercising more. This all happened after Khabir spoke with him for a few hours. I've been telling him about the sugar content of the juice, for 2 whole years. I am just happy someone could make it clear and simple. Today we look at ourselves and wonder why we waited so long to do what makes us feel great!!!!!Thank you, Khabir, for the knowledge and wisdom and for helping us help ourselves.
Recently, I went to the doctor and was told I was pre-diabetic. It was a bit of a surprise because I thought I was eating well even though I'm overweight. The doctor told me to improve my diet and start exercising. I went to see Khabir with the understanding that he can help me prevent the onset of diabetes and all the complications as the doctor spoke about. During Khabir's thorough assessment, it became clear i had candida which accounts for my low energy level and weakness particularly after eating. I like the way Khabir explains everything and even showed me information from books and medical doctors so i could understand what candida is. After Khabir gave me a lot of diabetic eating tips and advice, we went to the health food store and purchased some herbs and supplements to deal with the candida. It's dead now. I don't have any fungus in my gut anymore. Now i understand how i got it and how to avoid it in the future, too. I also feel confident about getting my blood sugar down and exercising more. Khabir has also helped clarify many misconceptions I had about eating right and exercising.
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