Enhance your yoga practice with personalised nutrition
As a nutritional therapist and yoga teacher, I think that yoga and nutrition go hand in hand. Yoga philosophy teaches that, together, a healthy body and a physical practice can help us find our inner calm and fulfilment. But without good, personalised nutrition, it is difficult to achieve an optimally healthy body or mind. Like yoga, which encourages you to listen and connect to your body, good nutrition also requires you to listen to what your body needs and act accordingly.
VITL’s new free app can help you understand your specific nutrient needs. Alongside bespoke, targeted health advice to help you improve your wellbeing, VITL will formulate a nutrition pack of vitamins and supplements personalised to you using a number of nutritional complexes, which you may find will complement and enhance your yoga practice.
Magnesium is commonly insufficient in our diets; up to 89% of us don’t consume healthy levels on a daily basis via our diets. It has many major functions in our body, supporting everything from stress to female hormone balance and supporting quality sleep. It is also the nutrient that allows our muscles to relax. If you are practising yoga and are magnesium deficient, you likely to find working on flexibility much harder and you’ll be more prone to pulling muscles. Taking magnesium as an additional supplement can make a huge difference to your practice.
One of major benefits to yoga practice is the relief of stress and anxiety. Ashwagandha is an Ayurvedic herb, which reduces the stress hormone cortisol. It also raises GABA neuro-pathways in the brain, which have anti-stress and anti-anxiolytic effect on the body, in the same way that meditation does. If stress and anxiety is something that you find you need particular help with, the VITL app will include this clever adaptogen in your supplement formulations.
Functional digestion issues are very common; a recent survey of VITL customers showed that approximately 60% of people have regular digestive problems. There is nothing worse (or more embarrassing) than being in a yoga class feeling bloated and gassy. Many of these issues are result of imbalances in gut flora, which can be resolved but rebalancing via high levels of quality probiotics.
Lastly, vitamin D deficiency is at epidemic levels, especially at this time of the year. Often it is an unpronounced cause of lowered immunity, a tendency to get coughs and colds, feelings of low mood, and fatigue. Vitamin D is key for bone health and density as calcium needs it in order to reach the core of the bones, where it is needed most. A robust immune system and healthy bones are crucial for a strong yoga practice that has longevity.
Find out more about what a personalised approach to your nutrition can do for your wellbeing by downloading the free VITL app (only available on UK App Store).
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