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13-Jun-2010

Your Yogic Diet

Foods to Increase Your Flexibility

A diet promoting a healthy body and mind is vital to living your yoga. Your body and mind perform best when fueled by healthy and satisfying foods. My goal is not to endorse a specific yoga diet or yoga foods, but rather to introduce you to foods that may increase flexibility, brain function and overall health.

In addition to yoga asanas, a diet full of green foods can help to increase overall flexibility and body health. It is also important to supplement your yoga diet with natural vitamins and minerals. The following items may increase flexibility, improve digestion and assist with detoxification.

Spirulina: This super algae has countless health benefits. It contains ten times more concentrated beta-carotene than carrots in order to help your body's natural defense system and to help improve your eye health. In addition, spirulina is loaded with the rare, but essential fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), found in mother's milk to help develop healthy babies. Spirulina is the only other whole food with GLA and also has the highest source of B-12 for healthy nerves and tissue (essential for vegetarians). For your yoga diet, this plant allows you to intensify your yoga because it helps create and mend muscle mass. Muscle endurance is heightened and cramps are warded off with use.

Chlorella: Chlorella, an algae found in fresh water is often used to prevent or curb the spread of cancer, promote a healthy immune system, balance good bacteria in the gut, and to lower blood pressure. Adding this plant to any yoga diet can be overall very beneficial to both health and flexibility. *Note: Do NOT use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Sulfur: Sulfur is known to heal and repair connective tissues in the body and is needed to manufacture the proteins necessary for muscle formation. It contributes to fat digestion and absorption and also cures muscle soreness naturally. Sulfur is also found naturally in many foods such as meat, eggs, parsley, onions, chives, leeks, garlic, oysters, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, cress and Brussels sprouts. Try making a sulfur-rich meal at home to improve your yoga and diet.

Christa Orecchio
www.thewholejourney.com
Recommended Reading: Super Natural Cooking by Heidi Swanson

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