Want to feel great? You can enhance your yoga practice with healing foods from the traditional Indian Ayurveda system of medicine. Ayurveda encourages balance: you’ll feel lighter, more energetic, and minor health problems will tend to fade away.
One point before we discuss Ayurvedic foods: if you have a health condition, see your doctor.
Let’s look at some traditional foods recommended for anyone who’s started a yoga practice.
1. Eat Seasonally, So That Your Food Is Filled With Pranic Energy
Eating fresh food, and fruits and vegetables which are in season is a basic tenet of eating the yogic way. Look for green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, arugula, and kale, they enhance the functioning of your liver, and help to eliminate toxins.
2. Turmeric: Attracting Attention As a Weight Loss Aid
The spice turmeric is being studied for its weight loss benefits, as well as for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
3. Mung Beans: Healthy and Healing
You may be familiar with tiny green mung beans, they’re often used for sprouting. However, they’re also delicious when cooked: packed with protein, they’re said to prevent cancer and heart disease. Add some mung beans to stews and soups.
You can also cook a delicious hot and spicy mung bean soup in just half an hour — look online for recipes.
4. Lemons Boost Your Metabolism and Eliminate Toxins
Not only are lemons packed with vitamin C, they’re also a tonic and cleanser — they remove toxins from your system. Try starting the day with the juice of half a lemon in hot water, with an added teaspoon of honey.
5. Ginger: for Healthy Digestion, and to Reduce Inflammation
If you have a condition which causes inflammation, such as arthritis, make friends with fresh ginger. Not only does ginger taste delicious when cooked in soups and stews (you can’t taste the ginger, it just enhances the flavor), you can also make a fresh ginger tea.
To make ginger tea: slice up fresh ginger in sufficient quantity to make a teaspoon per cup. Pour boiling water over the ginger, and allow to steep for five minutes. Add a teaspoon of honey before serving.
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