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Eating for Yoga

By: Jennifer Grossman
Posted: June 13, 2008, from the September 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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The spine supports the body, maintains posture and protects the spinal cord. Injuries to this area can cause a loss of feeling in certain parts of the body that may be temporary or permanent.

Button mushrooms. This fungus is an unexpected source of vitamin D, adequate levels of which help support joint health. The mechanism that occurs may be greater absorption of calcium. Sunshine also enables the body to produce vitamin D, while other top sources include oysters, sardines and fortified nonfat dairy.

Kale. There’s more to strengthening your spine than the yoga moves Cobra and Camel. Kale is one of the healthier sources of calcium, which helps to protect against bone loss. One serving—or 1 cup—of cooked kale provides nearly 1,000% of adequate intake for vitamin K, which enhances the mineral-binding capacity of bone proteins.

Minimizing muscle pain

Muscle pain, or myalgia, occurs when muscles are overstretched, and can slow a fitness regimen. Maintaining good muscle health protects the body from weakness and improves fitness.

Bananas. The complex carbohydrates contained in bananas are a healthy source of lasting energy, but the very energy they supply may cause you to push too hard. Potassium also can help to ward off muscle cramps; it is one of the electrolytes that enable muscles to contract and relax. Calcium, magnesium and phosphorus also aid in the movement of muscles. Potatoes, broccoli and kiwi are other healthy potassium sources.