Yoga practice improves your body and mind, so make sure you are eating the right things to enhance and improve your practice
So, you’re here maybe because you love the practice of Yoga, your passionate about improving your practice or possibly because you are totally new to it? Whatever your reason may be, everyone can benefit from the points in this post. What’s different about Yoga is it is not just a focus on the physical body, but the mind and soul too so its important you nurture all components. Whilst your body becomes, fitter, healthier and more ample so does your mind as you learn to explore your inner tranquillity through focused meditation.
As you begin to enjoy your better more improved self, as many of our readers do, you tend to want to keep on improving, especially with what you consume. You are what you eat after all, so continue to improve you body and mind with foods that will replenish your brainpower and nurture your inner self.
Oily fish for effective omega-3 fats
We have all heard how great fish is for you, but do you know why? EPA and DHA are 2 of the most effective omega-3 fats and both of these can be found in oily fish. Great examples of such oily fish include salmon, kippers and sardines to name but a few. These fatty acids are essential for great brain function, general well being, and the heart. Low DHA levels have in fact been linked to being at a higher risk of developing memory loss and Alzheimers.
The small but mighty blueberry
This super fruit is packed full of antioxidants which can help protect against cancer and heart problems, but that’s not all. The mighty berries have been found to lead to improved spatial learning and memory. Sometimes not the most palatable berry on their own, why not try adding them to your breakfast cereal or blending them into a healthy juice.
Anyone for a cup of Green Tea?
A small alteration to your drinking routine can have huge changes. Due to the actual way they are processed, the tealeaves in green tea are supposed to be richer in antioxidants. There are many, many benefits of drinking green tea, especially as part of a balanced diet and Yoga regime. Some of these benefits include weight loss, lower cholesterol, a healthier heart and many more. Drinking green tea will make you feel great on the inside and out!
An apple a day…
There’s a reason for the saying ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away.’ Apples contain a super source of quercetin, an antioxidant that protects your brain cells subsequently keeping your mental juices actively flowing! Be sure to stick to your apple a day and eat that skin too because that’s where you will find most quercetin.
Spinach…Not just for those growing muscles
The tasty leafy green can be eaten naturally as it comes, cooked or in salads. To reap the benefits spinach has to offer which include vitamin E, vitamin K and folate, it’s suggested you eat a cup full of the tasty leaves a day. A neurology study revealed ‘eating three servings of leafy green, yellow and cruciferous vegetables a day can delay cognitive decline by 40 per cent.’
Above you have our favourite 5 super foods for the mind. Why not try selecting one and incorporating it into your eating and drinking routine, then being to add more to your balanced diet and exercise routine.
What’s your favourite mind food? Do you have any recommendations? We’d love to know!
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