“Leafy green veggies are the best way to ensure flexibility – from the inside out,” says Christa Orecchio, founder of The Whole Journey (a clinical nutrition and holistic health practice). “Physiologically, greens help to detoxify the liver, strengthen the immune and respiratory systems and improve circulation.” Christa recommends three key supplements that will compliment your practice by increasing flexibility and supporting muscle function.
The (barley) grass is always greener
“Packed with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes, barley grass contains high levels of chlorophyll, which stimulates tissue growth and accelerates wound healing. Barley grass is full of beta-carotene, iron and calcium for strong, healthy bones. Add barley grass sprouts to sandwiches and salads – all great to support your flexibility in your yoga practice.”
“Another great food to increase your flexibility is spirulina which has countless health benefits. This plant strengthens your practice because it helps create and mend muscle mass. Muscle endurance is heightened and cramps are warded off with use. Blend it into your smoothie before or after yoga.”
Don’t wear (sul)fur
“Sulfur heals and repairs connective tissue and is needed to manufacture the proteins necessary for muscle formation. It’s a natural cure to muscle soreness. For your flexibility, taking it in the form of Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is your best bet. It’s found naturally in many foods such as meat, eggs, parsley, onions, chives, leeks, garlic, oysters, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts.”