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Navratri 2022: Here’s How The Yoga And Satvik Diet Will Maximize Your Overall Health | Health

Yoga and a nutrient-dense diet have been important for healthy living for centuries and continue even into the 21st century. According to ancient scriptures such as Gheranda Samhitha and Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā, our food should be Mitaahara i.e. in moderate proportions consisting of organic fruits, whole grains and vegetables. Avoid overeating and only eat for nourishment rather than to achieve satiety.

Jaisa aan vaisa mann or tann‘- the way you eat and the foods you choose can influence your mind and body. Yoga and proper nutrition go hand in hand, and therefore, adopting holistic nutrition and yoga asanas improves both the physical and mental well-being of an individual. Adhering to a yogic diet can certainly be difficult, but not an unattainable quest. The energy from the food we eat has a profound impact on all aspects of how we feel, behave and think. It improves digestion, creates balance between mind and body, increases energy, helps with stress management and even detoxification.

In an interview with HT Lifestyle, celebrity influencer and founder of Yog Love, Ira Trivedi said, “As we know, yoga is a physically demanding practice and requires enough nutrients to meet the energy needs of the body. Therefore, adding the right nutrients to a regular diet has a tremendous positive effect on our yoga practice and overall health. Many of us don’t know that meat is secondhand energy, and you don’t necessarily need to consume animal flesh to get protein and other vital nutrients. Instead, being a vegetarian makes you live longer. A sattvic diet prescribes eating local and readily available fresh fruits and vegetables. One should refrain from storing food for more than three days and refrain from eating frozen food.

Stating that in addition to consuming the right thing, the right time also matters, she suggested: “Every individual is different and so is their schedule, so adjust their meal times to suit them. better. Additionally, eating on time and maintaining a regular schedule helps your body digest food and absorb nutrients better. It is important not to fill your stomach just before yoga practice, as this can put pressure on the abdomen and affect blood pressure. You should also avoid fasting for more than 4-5 hours for stable blood sugar.

Practicing yoga daily has many benefits and adding a sattvic regimen based on the principles of yoga and Ayurveda is the icing on the cake that will maximize your overall health benefits. Ira Trivedi revealed some of the benefits that will inspire you to roll out your mats every day and fill your bowl with vegetables:

1. Improves Digestion

Yoga asanas such as Gomukhasana, Vajraasana, Seated Twist and other asanas stimulate the digestive organs to work more efficiently. Likewise, whole grains and high-fiber fruits improve your gut health and provide nutrients throughout the body. During digestion, energy is transferred from the food we eat to our body. Yoga and the right food combinations relieve a wide range of digestive discomforts and lay the foundation for optimal health.

2. Stress reduction

Stress creeps deeper into our lives in this hectic lifestyle. But yoga works as a solution and helps us engage with our parasympathetic nervous system to calm both body and mind. Shavasana, child’s pose, cat-cow pose and other asanas have an anti-stress effect and sometimes also act as therapy for healing. Along with this, nutrients also play a major role. Nutrient deficiencies and exposure to toxic and food allergies put a person in a deep state of stress. Our body will experience less stress if we improve our diet by consuming organic fruits and vegetables and avoiding chemicals, extra hormones and artificial components. In this post-pandemic world where everyone is caught in the spiral of work and stress, yoga and a nutritious diet should become an essential part of people’s lives.

3. Detox

When practicing yoga asana, our body releases toxins through our skin when we sweat. Good nutrition, not exercise, is the most important factor in our physical health and well-being. The food we consume is responsible for contributing to or decreasing our toxic load. Ingredients such as lemon, ginger and coriander help detoxify our system as they are natural detoxifiers. The less toxins you consume, the better you will feel.

4. Improve your mood and metabolism

A mixture of yoga and good nutrition increases spirituality in the body. It brings mindfulness and makes one aware of one’s decisions and actions. A person becomes resilient and easily overcomes the uncomfortable feeling of having junk food. The yogic diet consists of a large amount of raw food, and therefore our body spends more calories for digestion. It helps improve your metabolism and gives you the wings to achieve peace.

It’s no secret that good nutrition combined with a healthy lifestyle is the elixir of life in this post-pandemic world. However, switching to a healthy lifestyle doesn’t always happen overnight. It takes diligent effort to bring diet and yoga to the table. Sometimes it becomes difficult for us to eat as we want or practice yoga as much as we would like in our daily life. And it’s okay if it happens once in a while, but don’t miss the beat and just stay calm, calm and beautiful on this journey of transformation.