Bikram Yoga, How Yoga Helps Repair Muscle Damage
Getting Your Sweat On with Yoga
We all love practising Bikram Yoga for different reasons, but the one thing we are unanimous about is the sweat pouring down our faces. It feels so good to rid our body of those nasty toxins! Sweat is, of course, our best friend; after all, it's natural and healthy. However what you may not realise is that although it helps to flush out the toxins from our body, we also end up losing some goodness, including essential minerals! But that's not all.
Oxygen - something we take for granted
We sweat profusely not just because of the heat in the room, but because we're working pretty hard too! To do this, we need more oxygen than usual and there's good evidence that Yoga along with the deep breathing practice helps you improve your lung capacity as well as many other areas of fitness. But taking deeper breaths to get more oxygen into our lungs and working our muscles hard creates a lot of extra free radicals. If we don't then consume enough protein and antioxidants, we suffer oxidative stress, which, among other things, actually speeds up the ageing process, none of us want that!
The more Yoga classes we do, the greater our mineral depletion and oxidative stress
You may be wondering why it's so important that we add protein, easily absorbable minerals and antioxidant nutrients to our diet? The answer is very simple - our bodies need these to function optimally, so that we can be brimming with energy, have a bounce in our step, be 100% alert and ready for whatever life throws at us. It's also about staying this way in the long-term, making sure our bones, muscles, brain and other tissues stay in prime condition for as long as possible so we don't wear ourselves out and age prematurely.
90 minutes of strenuous weight-bearing exercises
As we mentioned earlier, our reasons for loving Yoga are often different. Some people do it to regain some balance in their lives and to rid themselves of the stress. Others do it to alleviate joint pain, to improve muscle strength and suppleness, or their energy levels. But what's the point in alleviating that joint pain if you're actually stressing the muscles, even more, causing muscle damage?
All important protein
Protein is the essential food group we need to counteract this muscle damage. So before you think about anything else, you need to think about getting some protein back into your body. Without splitting hairs about 20g should do it:
- For the carnivores: 1 chicken breast; 1 small steak or a portion of fish
- For the herbivores: 100g of nuts (several handfuls); 300g of pulses or lentils
- For the ovo-vegetarians: 4 eggs, or anything from the herbivore suggestions
Not always easy, especially not within the required 45-minute window after your workout!
45 minutes to repair and replenish
It isn't all doom and gloom. None of this should end your love affair with Yoga: it certainly hasn't ended ours! The good news is the 45-minute window after you workout is the most important to counter potential damage. This is the all-important window in which you should aim to put extra protein, minerals and antioxidants back in your body. This is where we can help.
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What will Clean Lean Protein do for you?
Do you remember we talked about a 45-minute window of repair and replenishment after your workout? Well, this is where Clean Lean Protein comes in. It's vegan, the highest quality pea protein available and is 50% higher in glutamine than most dairy-sourced protein powders (glutamine is one of the most important nutrients for healthy intestinal cells). What's more, you won't suffer any flatulence and bloating, typically associated with the more common whey or casein protein powders!
And if that wasn't enough, it's 100% natural and free from any preservatives, artificial sweeteners, colours or common allergens. It's 100% vegetable, yet has all the potency (and then some) of other proteins - without the fillers, artificial flavours and other additives. It's low in carbs and easy to digest, super-charged with all the essential amino acids your body needs and a pH of 7.8 (the perfect alkaline). Perfect to repair that muscle damage after your satisfyingly exhausting Bikram Yoga session and, unlike making your perfect recovery meal once you get home it travels with you so it's convenient enough to get into your body within the 45-minute repair window!
How can Good Green Stuff help you?
Chances are you will feel dehydrated after 90 minutes of dripping in sweat. But simply drinking water after your Bikram Yoga session just isn't enough! It'll help quench your thirst, but it doesn't necessarily mean the cells in your body will be properly hydrated. Why? Because you need to have the right balance of mineral electrolytes in your body to make sure water gets into the cells.
Good Green Stuff is a blend of 75 nutrient-rich greens, vitamins, minerals, fruits, vegetables, herbs and plenty more that. Put simply, it packages the very best nutrients available into one great-tasting product! What's more, it includes prebiotics, probiotics, digestive enzymes, antioxidants. All the things any Bikram Yogi could ever need, in a completely natural supplement.
Add a couple of teaspoons of Good Green Stuff to your water and consume with your protein rich meal after your session to ensure that you replace the lost nutrients and in some cases, you will even be topping up anything that is lacking in your diet. Bonus!
Here's a top tip from us. Try adding a shot of Good Green Stuff to Clean Lean Protein as a meal replacement after your workout. Not only will it keep you leaner it also has all the benefits we talked about earlier. Repairs muscle damage; mops up free radicals; replenishes the lost minerals and micronutrients and you won't have to wait until you get home. It's a win-win!