Stretching Exercises & What You Eat
by Lucas Rockwood (Yoga Teacher & Nutritional Coach)
Want to increase your stretching flexibility? Then you need to change the way you eat!
Stretching exercises and yoga poses are great for increasing your flexibility, but without proper nutrition, your yoga practice will feel like an uphill battle!
Before I go on, let me just preface this by saying:
”If you don’t mind waiting 1-3 years for your body to limber up, then you should stop reading now! But if you’re like me and you want to make massive flexibility gains in the next 30-90 days, then listen up because the nutritional tips below will help you transform your body fast!”
TIP #1: EAT MORE GREEN FOODS
Attention all yoga students: green foods make you more flexible!
There’s no hard science to back this up, but I can introduce you to over 225 students I’ve worked with personally who all swear it’s true. Here are my favorite green foods for flexibility:
Barley Grass Juice Extract: the ultimate green food, is excellent for
stretching students because of its high levels of beta-carotene,
calcium, and iron.
Spirulina (fresh water algae): delivers a whopping dose of B vitamins, Iron,
and the essential fat, GLA.
Chlorella (fresh water algae): is packed with chlorophyll, also known as "the blood of plants," and is believed to have powerful blood/body cleansing properties.
TIP #2: EAT MORE SULFUR
But sulfur is a mineral, right?
Yes! Sulfur is a naturally-occurring mineral that’s crucial for healing and repairing your body’s connective tissues. Often called the beauty mineral, sulfur also makes your hair, skin, and nails healthy and shinny. For yoga students, sulfur is the best thing that’s happened since lululemon came out with their yoga pants because sulfur helps you heal quickly and relieves soreness naturally.
Here’s my favorite source for natural sulfur:
MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane): MSM is a safe and easy-to-use form of sulfur found in things like broccoli, peppers, Brussels sprouts, onions, asparagus, cabbage, and mother's milk. For stretching students, you can either try to load up on the veggies listed above, or else take MSM as a nutritional supplement.
TIP #3: EAT YOUR FRUITS & VEGETABLES
Bad news: vitamin and mineral deficiencies are as common as the flu.
Here’s what’s going on: we’ve been over-cultivating the planet’s soil for nearly a century, and now, farmers have technology that allows them to grow fruits and vegetables that look beautiful but contain very little nutrients.
Here’s the truth: the best looking produce is usually the least nutritious.
So what do you do? For starters, you need to eat organic produce. Organic laws usually require farmers to take better care of their soils, rotate crops, and avoid the use of environmentally damaging chemicals.
The next thing you should do is consider vitamin and mineral supplements. There’s a lot of junk on the market so you’ll want to choose carefully, but a good vitamin and mineral supplement can make a huge difference in your level of health.
And guess what… a healthy body is a flexible body.
Get started now! Eat organic fruits and green vegetables, try supplementing your diet with all-natural vitamins and minerals, go to yoga classes, and do stretching exercises and yoga poses for flexibility on your own at home.
True flexibility involves much more than just rolling out your yoga mat, but you can improve your flexibility quickly and safely by using the tips above combined with a committed stretching or yoga practice.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lucas Rockwood is a yoga teacher and nutritional coach who helps people increase their flexibility and cleanse their bodies of toxins. Lucas has a FREE, 7-day email course called, “The 7 Secrets of Nutrition & Flexibility.” This step-by-step course teaches yoga students how to go beyond yoga postures and flexibility exercises.
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