3 Superfoods To Supplement Your Yoga Practice
Yoga is an enriching practice that can nourish your mind, body, soul and spirit. Though it is deeply nourishing in itself, it is important that you nourish your physical body as well. Without the proper nutrients, your body can be left feeling weak after a session of Ashtanga or even Iyengar yoga.
As a superfood enthusiast, I’ve found that these three wholesome foods provide the perfect sustenance to supplement any yoga practice.
1. Sacha Inchi
Sacha Inchi is a superseed that can strengthen your yoga practice. This seed, which grows deep in the pristine rainforest regions of Southeast Asia, is extremely nutrient dense: offering a significant amount of protein, Omega 3, fiber, and iron.
While a vinyasa practice will improve your body’s overall strength, you need protein to develop muscle and support your power flow. Think of protein as the building blocks for lean muscle; without it, you cannot build, repair, or even maintain muscle tissue. Sacha Inchi is the perfect snack because it contains all the essential amino acids and 8.5 grams of complete protein in a single ounce — that’s more protein than almonds, cashews, and even salmon.
Sacha Inchi also contains healthy Omega 3 fatty acids. Research suggests that Omega 3s may help reduce inflammation by lowering the production of inflammatory molecules such as eicosanoids and cytokines. Inflammation can contribute to aches and chronic diseases. As you create new space in your body and move in new ways, it more important than ever to keep your joints healthy. Omega 3 oils may decrease tender or swollen joints, ease stiffness, and decrease joint pain. It can also help increase blood flow during your yoga practice.
Where to Get It:
Sacha Inchi is available in certain health food stores as well as online with Imlak’esh Organics. Imlak’esh Sacha Inchi is sustainably harvested and ethically traded from indigenous hill tribes of the pristine rainforest regions in Southeast Asia. To the thousands of people involved in its cultivation, Sacha Inchi is a more than a powerhouse seed of nutrition, it is a seed of hope — for economic freedom and prosperity across generations.
Maca is another amazing superfood that complements your yoga practice beautifully. It is a Peruvian root that is classified as an adaptogen. Adaptogenic foods contain natural compounds that balance hormones and help you adapt to emotional, mental, physical, and environmental stressors. Just as each person’s yoga practice is inherently individualistic — with different goals, rhythms, physical abilities, and mindsets, maca is a superfood that honors the individual need and healing experience of each person. Part of the magic of yoga is its fluidity — the way it allows each person to approach it differently, depending on the internal and external healing that person needs. Likewise, as an adaptogen, maca responds to each person’s specific needs making it an extremely individualistic, nourishing food. Maca can help you strengthen your state of Zen far beyond your hour of restorative yoga.
Where to Get It:
Organic Maca is available in many health food stores. Check for raw maca, which avoids any heat processing which can destroy the sensitive enzymes that regulate hormonal balance.
Imlak’esh Organics sources maca that grows in the Andes Mountains at 14,000 feet in altitude. Their open-pollinated maca is micro-ground into a super fine powder that allows you to easily digest and absorb its nutrients.
Spirulina, a blue-green algae that deeply nourishes every cell of your body, is one of the purest foods on the planet. While it can enhance your yoga practice by boosting your overall health, the bottom line is that you can benefit from incorporating this whole food into your diet no matter what.
This ancient superfood contains a full spectrum of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to fortify and nourish your body. This wholesome algae is 65% protein by weight, more than in any meat or dairy. Plus, it is a biologically complete protein with all 8 essential amino acids, as well as 10 non essential aminos. Studies show that regular spirulina intake can lead to a host of benefits including: detoxifying the body, reducing inflammation, purifying the blood, and boosting immunity.
Where to Get It:
You will find spirulina in many stores and incorporated into a number of products. However, finding a trusted spirulina source is extremely important. The same quality that makes it a powerful detoxifying agent also makes it effective at pulling toxins from the environment, which can bioaccumulate.
Imlak’esh Organics sources its organic spirulina from pure, mineral-rich springs set amidst the remote desert regions of Northern Chile. They also conduct small batch testing by a 3rd party laboratory to ensure organic purity.
To learn more about Imlak'esh Organics visit imlakeshorganics.com.