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Supplements for Yogis: Improve Your Nutrition To Support Your Practice

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Yoga provides great support for both physical and mental health. Flexibility, strength, balance, calm, and mindfulness are just a few of the benefits we gain from a consistent yoga practice. But we all know that when it comes to a healthy lifestyle, nutrition is just as important as the right type of exercise.

Since we live in a modern world, we might not get the proper nutrients from our food alone. Moreover, the air can be polluted, the water we drink is not always clean and rich in minerals, and we don’t get enough sunlight. This is why including the right supplements in our diet can be beneficial even for the most advanced yogis.

Food supplements can complement our yoga practice and help us through moments of prolonged stress, sleep troubles, low stamina, poor focus, or sore muscles. Let’s take a look at some of the best supplements for a yogic diet.

Protein Powder

Protein is often associated with building muscle mass. While powder supplements are often used to promote muscle growth, protein is also important for our health. Protein supports our immune system in the detoxification process and contributes to antibodies. It also plays an essential role in carrying oxygen through the body and creating new cells. Not having enough protein in our diet can lead to:

  • Increased risk of infection
  • Anaemia
  • Weak immune system
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Difficulties building muscle mass
  • Liver disease
  • Thinning hair or hair loss

Protein powder supplements increase the intake of protein providing more energy, faster muscle recovery, and efficient weight loss. Especially for yoga practitioners who follow a vegetarian or a vegan diet, protein powder is a valuable addition to a healthy lifestyle.

Try our supplements:

Pro3 Protein Powder (vegan)

Organifi – Complete Protein Meal Replacement Chocolate (vegan)

Organixx – Organic Bone Broth Protein (non-vegan)

Vitamin B12

When it comes to supplements for yogis, Vitamin B12 is one to keep in mind. Like a guardian for our nerves and blood, Vitamin B12 protects the nervous system and participates in the production of red blood cells. Adding it to our nutrition may improve memory, regulate mood, and increase our energy levels.

From anaemia to numbness, fatigue, depression, dry skin, or heart palpitations, B12 deficiency affect our general health and can reflect on our daily mood. 

Since this substance is found mostly in meat and dairy products, yogis with a plant-based diet, in particular, should be mindful of their vitamin intake to avoid feeling the symptoms of B12 deficiency.

Try our supplements:

Better You B12 Boost Energy Spray (vegan)

Cymbiotika – Synergy B12 (vegan)

Vimergy Herbs – Liquid B12 (vegan)

Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus to strengthen the bones and prevent loss of bone density that could lead to injuries and fractures. Among other benefits, it supports the nervous system, the immune system, and brain function. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to depression.

While certain foods such as fish, spinach, mushrooms, or egg yolks can help our Vitamin D intake, our bodies produce it more efficiently when in contact with UV light. Because most of the internal Vitamin D production depends on sunlight exposure, our intake is influenced by the geographical location, the current season, and lifestyle choices (outdoor vs. sedentary lifestyle). 

With the events of the past year forcing us to live indoors, it’s safe to say that many of us can benefit from supplements that increase our Vitamin D intake.

Try our supplements:

Cymbiotika – Synergy D3, K2, COQ10 (vegan)

Surthrival D3+K2 Daylight Concentrate (non-vegan)

Better You D Lux 3000 Oral Vitamin D3 Spray (non-vegan)

Omega-3

We know that generally fat is bad for our health, but there is also a good kind of fat. Mostly found in fish oil, Omega 3 fat is full of health benefits. Here is how this fatty acid can enhance the results of our yoga practice:

  • It relieves symptoms of depression, improving mental health and reducing stress.
  • It increases the mobility of the joints, thus improving flexibility.
  • It supports our weight loss journey.
  • It helps us maintain our skin healthy and glowing.
  • It preserves eye health and may prevent vision decline.
  • It regulates blood sugar and lowers blood pressure, potentially decreasing the risk of heart disease.

Since this fatty acid is not produced by the body, we can reap its benefits by adding Omega-3 supplements to our yogic diet. Most supplements are made of fish oil, but there are vegan options available. Vegan Omega-3 is generally extracted from different strains of algae and seaweed.

Try our supplements:

Cymbiotika – THE OMEGA – Organic Lemon (vegan)

Herring Caviar Oil Omega 3 – MOPL™ (non-vegan)

Bulletproof – Omega Krill Complex (non-vegan)

Probiotics

We often say that the gut is the core of our emotions, we attribute intuition and a sense of direction to our “gut instinct.” Many yogis focus on detoxifying and improving digestion to increase overall health and achieve balance, both physical and metaphorical.

Also known as “the good kind” of bacteria, probiotics can keep our gut healthy and improve digestion, providing extra support in our journey. Normally our bodies don’t need probiotics, since our gut flora already has plenty of helpful bacteria, but imbalances can arise. We should consider adding probiotic supplements to our diet after taking antibiotics or when dealing with:

  • Lactose intolerance
  • Infectious diarrhoea
  • Yeast infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Eczema

Try our supplements:

Baseline Nutritionals Probiotic Formula (vegan)

Cymbiotika ReGenesis (non-vegan)

Dr Mercola Complete Probiotics (non-vegan)

Ashwagandha

Yoga practitioners strive to achieve a state of calm, but in the modern world, this requires effort. We need all the help we can get to reduce stress and manage anxiety. Calming herbs like ashwagandha can support our mental journey, while also providing a boost to our physical health.

Ashwagandha is an ayurvedic herb used for its medicinal benefits. Adding it to our yogic diet can help us deal with daily stress, fatigue, insomnia, or depression.

Try our supplements:

Vimergy Herbs – Ashwagandha (vegan)

Ayurvedic Shilajit and Organic Ashwagandha Root (vegan)

Primal Alchemy – Transcended Ashwagandha (non-vegan)

Find Your Own Yogic Supplement

Just as yoga poses provide various benefits, our collection of food supplements can serve many purposes, depending on your nutritional needs. Explore our store to find your own.

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