Drinking water regularly is so important for your body balance. It helps eliminate toxins and boosts your immune system. It is also super helpful to have hydrated skin, and it even is efficient in weight management, to name just a few of its many benefits. All of this in one glass, isn’t that amazing?
You should drink about 2 litres of water every day to enjoy these benefits. If you struggle to drink this amount, maybe compensating with other drinks could help you achieve this goal. So here are three drinks I recommend and that are also particularly beneficial for your yoga practice. Obviously, the health benefits are multiplied if the drinks are consumed as part of a healthy and balanced diet. So give it a try and let me know your favourite!
Kombucha is made from sweetened fermented tea. The process turns the sugar into ethanol and acetic acid. This is why the drink is slightly alcoholic and effervescent, with a light sour taste.
Feeling adventurous? Try to make your own! A great point is that you can control the amount of sugar you put in, as well as which kind. Here is one kit that contains the yeast you need.
But if you don’t have time for it, this is not a problem at all. Kombucha can easily be found in your supermarket. This is the one I prefer.
This beverage has been used for more than 2,000 years. It has even been renamed ‘Immortal Health Elixir’ by the Chinese. This is because kombucha has great detoxifying power. The probiotics it contains help the digestion process and can even prevent illnesses, as it helps reduce inflammation.
One of its most beneficial aspects for yogis is that it is very helpful to fight joint pain. Advanced yogis often have wrist and knee pain. So if you feel a little tight, try kombucha!
Bael is a fruit mainly coming from India. It is very popular in South-East Asia. The tree is considered sacred by Hindus.
There are several ways to drink it. You can put slices of the dried fruit such as these in boiling water. You can also put Bael powder into water. This is one powder I like because it is organic. Or if you are really in a hurry, quickly swallow Bael capsules. This is how I would recommend you consume this fruit, which might be hard to find as such when not in Asia!
Bael is really rich in antioxidants, vitamins C and B, as well as fibres and proteins. Beneficial effects for yogis include energy intake, as the fruit is rich in nutrients that boost your metabolic speed. Its detoxifying power is great, so you can definitely drink it after your yoga practice to enhance its benefits!
When cutting a fresh coconut in half, you’ll find its centre is full of delicious coconut water. Every time I go to India, I buy so much from street vendors!
Not easy to find fresh coconuts here, but you can find cartons of water in any supermarket. First though, make sure to check the label, as most brands have added sugar, which you don’t want. Here is one coconut water I recommend.
Because it contains sugars and potassium, drinking it can help your body recover faster after yoga. Since your body sweats when practising, it loses high amounts of minerals. As a matter of fact, the combination of sugar and potassium is the one often used in any sports drinks – but this is natural! Also, because of its magnesium content, coconut water can help with energy production.