Do you make room in your busy schedule for some peace and quiet, say a yoga class or two a week? Do you listen closely to your instructor’s insight on balance? Read on, this is your article.
Elizabeth Marglin of Yoga Journal compiled five yoga teachers’ view on which supplements keep mind and body aligned and intact. In addition to a well-rounded diet, even our yoga teachers take supplements to ensure optimal health.
Which ones do they like most?
Protein + Green Superfood
Some yoga instructors swear by a combo of protein and greens powder. It can give the extra boost in the morning when it is sometimes hardest to get the day going. Packed with phytonutrients, green superfood powder can not only boost energy, but promote detoxification and support the immune system. Add protein to the mix and you have the vigor to take on those Monday tasks like it’s Friday!
Ashwagandha, one of the most popular Ayurvedic herbs, is growing more so among millenia for its anti-inflammatory properties. According to Marglin, “that super power is attributed to its high concentration of withanolides, naturally occurring steroids that combat stress and boost strength” (yogajournal). And let’s not neglect that ashwagandha is considered an adaptogen, which helps us cope with stress. One yogi reported "Living in a very busy city like New York City takes a toll on the nervous system, and I have found that by taking Ashwaganda, my focus is better and I am especially feeling positive effects in my yoga and meditation practice. I am more able to slow down my breath and sit for a more extended period of time without distraction” (yogajournal).
Turmeric’s active compound, curcumin, can help fight free-radical damage with its antioxidant agency. It can benefit the eyes, skin and cognitive function, having been proven to help eliminate acne and acne scarring. Yoga is all about freeing the mind, right? Well, turmeric can guide the journey as it literally prevents blockage of plaque, thereby preventing brain disorders. That includes Alzheimer’s disease.
Another combo: spirulina and chlorella
Spirulina has the ability to boost the immune system and help detoxify. It shows SUCH advantageous potential that NASA and The European Space Agency have both undertaken research to quantify its benefit as a dietary supplement for astronauts on space missions (yogajournal). Not to say that all yoga-lovers are hipster millennials (I can say that, I’m a millennial), but a Journal of Medicinal Food study unveiled that chlorella helped to better the health-markers of vegans and vegetarians with a history of Vitamin B12 deficiency. Who knew a single-celled algae could do so much?
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