Yoga practice is a lot about fitness, strength, and nourishment! If you tend to feel tired and consumed after a good yoga session, it is probably because your body lacks the nutrition it needs. While showing on the mat on a daily basis it is important to take the practice off the mat too. Following a yogic diet with the right kind of fruits, vegetables, drinks, etc build up energy in the body. To indulge in yoga, a proper nutritive diet lends just the right amount of energy. It keeps the body light but acts as a support to the yogic lifestyle. Dr. Manoj Kutteri, Wellness Director at Atmantan Wellness Centre, suggests these 5 nutrients which are important to consume so that you are energetic for yoga!
Water is the single most essential nutrient for the body. Hydration plays a key role in making you active and energised. Drinking 6-8 glasses of water daily is essential for basic hydration. Many fruits and vegetables like cucumber, watermelon, apple, etc are loaded with high water content to nourish the body and flush out toxins too.
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Protein provides fuel to the body and helps in repairing and building tissues. It activates metabolism and provides energy. Lack of protein can result in fatigue, tiredness, and sleepiness. With powerful yoga practice, it is essential to take appropriate amounts of protein to keep energy flowing. Food items like nuts, meat, dairy, legumes, and eggs have protein in good amounts. Even consuming a handful of nuts an hour before yoga helps keep that energy alive.
Vitamins are an essential nutrient that helps convert your food into glucose to produce energy. A yogic diet consists of a lot of fruits and vegetables on the plate to load up on essential vitamins. Follow a diet which covers your daily dose of B Vitamins, Vitamin E, D, K, and B12. Any deficiency in these can lead to loss of energy and a variety of diseases.
Minerals support your body to grow, develop, build up strength, perform functions and transmit nerve impulses. As yoga involves a lot of body, mind, and mood functioning together, without essential minerals, it will be difficult to channelise the energy into constructive functions. A diet rich in milk, seafood, banana, pomegranate, etc helps keep up with your body energy needs.
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Carbohydrates provide energy to the body by breaking down into sugar and creating energy. While eating low carb is essential for weight loss, some amount of carbohydrates is still needed to energise the body. Consume essential amounts in the form of Avocado, Olives, peanuts, rice, cereals, bread, potatoes or sugar.
Just like you would like to listen to your body on the mat, listen to its need on the dining table too. What you eat shows up during your practice. And a mindful diet creates good energy for better yoga practice.