As a nutritional coach, people often ask me: “Why can’t I get all the nutrients I need from the foods I eat?”
In theory, you can. While it’s entirely possible to get all the nutrients you need from the foods you eat, it almost never happens. Not now, and not even 10,000 years ago.
Archeologists have analyzed bone fossils that show mineral deficiencies in perhistoric man that resulted from dietary imbalances dating back as long as 10,000 years ago—and this was long before the invention of Coca-Cola or Twinkies.
So how can that be?
Macro nutrients are really easy to get: carbs, proteins, and fats. But since the beginning of time, it’s the micro nutrients that are the most challenging—particularly keeping those micronutrients in balance. For example, salt, in its natural form contains over 84 different minerals (not just sodium), and that’s part of the reason why it was such an important item of trade historically, and why it continues to be highly coveted all over the world even today.
In New York City, anywhere from 10-50% of lower income residents
are not getting even a single serving of fresh produce daily…
… so there is a new prescription fruit and veg program where
people are given something called, “Health Bucks,” that can
be used to buy fresh produce at the local farmers markets.
Even better, there are free nutrition and cooking classes as
part of the program.
Prevention of disease and illness is always more difficult
to promote than treatment (after the fact), but to me these
“health bucks” are a really positive sign that there is a big
mindset shift taking place.
YOGABODY Naturals LLC
p.s. I’d love to hear your comments and thoughts on this below, and
if you have something similar in your area, please let us know!
Pop health culture tells us that in order to lose weight,
we need to burn as many calories as possible through
exercise and reduce our food intake through portion control.
Bad news. This is terrible advice, and it almost always
fails long term.
You might be able to run like a hamster on the treadmill
and starve yourself for a few weeks or even a few months,
but almost no one can do that long term.
Overeating and excess weight are symptoms of an
imbalance in hormones, and until you correct that,
you’re just chasing your tail.
For long term health and weight management, it’s totally
irrelevant if you burn 100 or 1,000 calories during exercise.
The real question is this: “Did you help to balance your
See, hormonal balance is what has the biggest impact
on your level of hunger, and on what types of foods
So for weight loss, people often get incredible results
doing simple, enjoyable, and even what some would
consider “gentle” practices like walking, QiGong, and
yoga (of course!).
Ask any yoga studio owner and they’ll all relate similar
stories of students losing weight naturally, almost
accidentally, simply by coming to class.
How does this work?
Yoga increases sensitivity to two important fat hormones
leptin and insulin, and it almost immediately reduces
cortisol, the stress hormone that when chronically elevated
(like in most of us), leads to fat storage.
Yoga also builds strength and flexibility, and it’s a
very complete and sustainable form of full-body fitness.
There is so much confusion around weight loss, calories,
and hormones, I’ll be sending you more info on this in
the next few weeks.
p.s. I met Katrina in Bangkok last year while she was filming
her new at-home, Yoga for Weight Loss Program. She has a
really interesting story (she lost 60 lbs) and a very no-nonsense
approach I think you’ll appreciate. Yoga for Weight Loss Video [11 minute video]
When I first started YOGABODY, we catered exclusively to
… but over the years, we’ve attracted gymnasts, dancers,
rock climbers, runners, and even bodybuilders.
As a totally uncoordinated person myself, I find it quite
flattering, but the truth is that our nutritional support formulas
are very effective for any activity that requires maximum
range of motion and flexibility.
The “Good” Coffee Gene? (it means you can handle it)
Dear Yoga Student,
Do you know anyone who can’t tolerate any caffeine, ever?
There are people who will get anxious and jittery just
from green tea or even a little chocolate. Did you ever
It turns out there may be a genetic factor at play. Researchers
have isolated a “coffee gene” called CYP1A2 that can be turned
“on” or “off” by a number of factors including diet.
So what does it mean?
Basically, if your CYP1A2 gene is expressed, it might mean
that you can handle (meaning you can detoxify) caffeine much
better than someone whose gene is dormant. So if you’re one
of those people who can take 2 shots of espresso and fall right
to sleep, it might be in your genes.
But does that mean you should drink up? Probably not…
Top 3 Reasons I think Yoga Students Should Skip the Bean:
(1) Adrenal Fatigue – prolonged use of caffeine can lead
to adrenal fatigue with symptoms like chronic tiredness,
disrupted sleep, and sugar cravings.
(2) Constipation – caffeine is a diuretic. In the short term,
that might help you have a bowel movement, but prolonged
use leads to chronic dehydration and constipation exacerbated
any time you happen to miss your morning coffee.
(3) Nervous System Fry – almost every practice in yoga is
intended to sooth and calm the sympathetic nervous system.
Most of us are trying to balance out our over-stimulating lives,
and drinking a cup of coffee before class is really counter productive.
All that said, there are some perfectly legitimate (and even
healthy) times to drink coffee or tea. As a “stay awake” tool
for long drives or to get over the hump of jetlag during travel
are ok ways to use caffeine.
And while long term us of caffeine leaves you tired and
hooked, occasional use as needed (like those long drives)
can be both effective and extremely safe.
YOGABODY Naturals LLC
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There’s an Asian supermarket across from my apartment
in Barcelona, and the other day, a woman in front of me
with 12 packets of ramen noodles asked the clerk for some
Quite pleased, the clerk pointed to over a dozen different
green teas that are meant to help you lose weight.
No need to mention that ramen noodles are loaded with
MSG (shown in over 100 clinical studies to cause weight
gain) and hydrogenated fat, two of the nastiest food
The idea is appealing, I understand… drink some green
tea with meals, curb hunger, speed up metabolism, lose
The reality? I’ve worked with thousands of yoga students
and weight loss clients, and not once has anyone I’ve worked
with found that caffeinated teas were helpful. The opposite
is very common though.
You see caffeine does speed up your body which sounds
good for weight loss. Trouble is it speeds up your adrenals
too which causes a spike in cortisol. Increased cortisol leads
to increased insulin which leads to weight gain.
It’s kind of like smashing out your bedroom window in the
heat of the summer only to find yourself freezing when
My takeaway thoughts from the ramen-noodle lady story?
Teas are great, but focus on organically grown, non-caffeinated
teas. Use caffeine only when needed (like to overcome jetlag
or stay awake during an important event), and focus on cleaning
up your current diet rather than trying right the wrongs by
adding something on top of it.
Everyone knows that drinking too much coffee can increase your
blood pressure and fry your adrenals…
… but what about decaf?
There’s almost no caffeine in decaf, which sounds good, but there
are two very big problems. Firstly, most decaffeinated coffees
chemically processed so you’re basically drinking a cup of
Secondly, decaf is made with a different type of coffee bean, a
much stronger flavored bean called, Robusta. Robusta beans
stimulate fatty acid production in the body and have been shown
in clinical studies to raise bad cholesterol.
The bump in “bad” cholesterol was around 10%, not that scary,
but for people working to lower their cholesterol, that’s really bad
Cholesterol, of course, is just one of many possible indicators of
future heart problems (not definitive by any means), but certainly
worth noting. On the flipside, caffeinated coffee has been shown to
increase blood pressure which is a risk factor for heart problems too,
So what do you do?
First, skip chemically-processed decaf coffees (water processed it better),
and avoid drinking decaf regularly (herbals teas are a better option).
With caffeinated coffee, moderation is really the best answer. 50% of
Americans drink 3 or more cups per day, so you can imagine, that ca
lead to all kinds of problems.
Eventually, if you can, get down to just 1 cup of caffeinated coffee or
tea per day. Or even better, save your coffee fix for rare necessities
when it’s imperative you stay awake (used only occasionally, coffee
is actually quite effective for waking you up, used daily, the opposite is true).
As a caffeinated alternative, some people like grain coffees, but
personally I like honeybush tea. It’s as strong as a black caffeinated
tea, but has no caffeine. It’s also easy to find organically grown.
p.s. Many of my students use Vitamin B12 to give them a natural
life in energy while kicking coffee. It’s not all the same as a caffeine
jolt, but in the interim, many people find it really does work. Liquid B12 for Quitting Coffee
p.s. They always say prevention is very difficult to teach or
to share with people while “cures” always receive a receptive
audience (sick people). It’s really a shame that human nature
is reactionary instead of naturally more proactive; but for me,
watching stories like this helps me stay motivated.
I need to tell you about an extremely common antibiotic
that can cause massive tendon problems according to the
U.S. Food & Drug Administration.
But first… a story.
When I was 16 years old, a dermatologist put me on
tetracycline (an antibiotic) for the better part of
That couldn’t have been a good thing for the microflora
in my gut, and who knows what else it affected? In retrospect,
all I can say is “live and learn,” and I’ll bet you’ve had a
similar experience where you took some medication that
you probably should have done without.
Antibiotics are one of the more overprescribed drugs on
the planet, and yet, when you need them, they will
save your life (and probably have at least once already).
Everything in life has an upside and a downside, and as
they say, “the poison is in the dose.” So the best we can
do is try our best to avoid medications like antibiotics…
… except when absolutely necessary!
Just because a medicine is common does NOT mean it’s
safe or without side effects. I’m sure you’re already familiar
with the common side effects of taking antibiotics (yeast
overgrowth, tinnitus, kidney problems), but most people
are not aware that some antibiotics have been directly
linked to tendonitis and tendon ruptures.
And this, my yoga friend, is why I’m writing about this today.
Fluoroquinolones (brand name Cipro & Levaquin) are
broad spectrum antibiotics that the US FDA now requires
to include tendon rupture warnings on their medicine boxes.
So if you get in a situation where you’re taking Cipro or
something similar, and you’re doing a strong yoga practice
or exercising rigorously, you really need to be careful as
your risk of tendon injury is believed to be 4x+ to areas like
I tried YOGABODY courtesy of my yoga teacher trainer & mentor, and was amazed by the results. After just 24 hours taking the supplements, I did an advanced practice and could not believe the difference in my strength and flexibility. Whoever put this together really knows what they're doing!
- Mariann Grace (certified yoga instructor)
I don't like supplements usually, but since this one is all-natural, I thought I'd give it a try. My right hip was really giving me problems, and YOGABODY reduced the pain immediately.
Within a week, I was able to stretch deeper than ever. It could have been a coincidence, but I don't think so. Thanks!
- Daniel Stringer (yoga student)
I have been taking YOGABODY for about a month, and one of the most significant effects I noticed, was when I decided to do a 6 mile run with a friend. I hadn't run 6 miles in a couple years, and my running routine had dwindled to only 4 miles, 2-3 times per week. Normally in the past if I had done a 6 mile run I would be VERY sore the next couple days, but this time, with the addition of YOGABODY, I wasn't sore AT ALL!! I couldn't believe it!
- Shireen Khavari (runner)
Right away I noticed a significant difference in the amount of energy I had: before, during, and after a yoga class when taking YOGABODY. I challenge every yogi/yogini to try this product-yes, it's THAT good!
- Tunde Martinez (yoga student)
Thank you! I've been taking YOGABODY for just over a month and already I notice a difference. I have knees and ankles that get very stiff and sore, and in fact, I've had two knee surgeries more than ten years ago.
While taking YOGABODY, I notice less recurring stiffness and more range of motion. It feels like I need less warm-up time.
- Eric Stryson (yoga student)
I must thank you again for the capsules. I typically take between 4 and 6 caps every day, depending on my eating schedule. I definitely have a reduction of appetite. It seems that food just does not taste as good, so I'm less tempted to eat it. As a result, though I am not more than a couple of pounds lighter, I feel much lighter.
I'm more of a runner than a yoga practitioner, and I feel like I can simply bounce up the off-road trails I run on daily. And, in terms of yoga, my backbends are getting much stronger and bigger-way bigger!
- Jason Polley (yoga student)
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I've had lower back pain for years... an old injury. Yoga has helped a lot, and now, YOGABODY is increasing the benefits. It relieves pain within about an hour and seems to be helping me heal and get flexible. I don't go to the studio without it.
- Karen Gamble (yoga student)
This really works! I wasn't expecting much, but I followed the instructions, took my supplements, and you know... I actually noticed it the first day! It also cleared up my skin within a week. So thank you!
- Alexia Briones Van de Walle (yoga instructor)
I've practiced yoga for almost 3 years and Ashtanga is my favorite practice. Though I have a pretty flexible body, I will sometimes get sore or pain in my hamstring. Also, I had a hard time in doing Marichyasana D alone.
But, after taking YOGABODY for a week, I can do Marichyasana D right now, and I can feel that my backbend poses can further be deepened. Yet, I don't feel sore even after a strong practice. My body can recover very soon! It's amazing!
- Maisie Chan (yoga student)
I've been stretching daily for 6 years, and yet my hamstrings are still like two solid blocks of ice when I get on the mat each morning - all stiffness and pain. Two days after I began using YOGABODY Stretch, I noticed that my hamstrings were really limber and my body felt loose and light. I also feel clear-headed and energized. Naturally, I was really surprised at how quickly I could feel the effects.
- Daniel White (yoga student)
I have been taking YOGABODY for just over 3 weeks and I noticed the results immediately. I take 3 caps in the morning, about one hour before practice, and 3 caps at night. I can't quite explain it but I have been flying through practice, and as a result, have been more focused and more on the ball.
My appetite has also shrunk and digestion is a lot better. For whatever reason, I feel more energized, and this all happened when I started taking YOGABODY! I love it! This extra energy helps both in my own practice and when I teach.
- Tiana Harilela,Yoga Teacher (yoga instructor)
I used to overstretch quite frequently when practicing, with vulnerable inter-coastal and upper-back muscles. Ever since taking the green supplement, my body has been feeling stronger and more elastic. Muscles have an increased safety range, and I barely experience any of the previous random discomforts.
- Alex Reachi (yoga student)
You'll never believe the progress in my flexibility using YOGABODY over a 2 week period. I am 47, and before now I could never do the splits. After I started using YOGABODY I am so much more flexible it's unbelievable. These two pictures speak for themselves. In the first I am 5 inches off the ground, and the second pic is after only 6 stretching sessions! I am also not as sore after workouts and my body recovers faster with YOGABODY. I am so pleased, thank you!
– Angela Surajpal (yoga student)
I borrowed a friend's Yoga Trapeze and it was an awesome experience. It gave me such a feeling of lightness without being dizzy. Almost instant relief from backache and a feeling of the spine decompressing. I just wanted to stay upside down for hours it was so relaxing.
– Bryan Bender (yoga student)
I recently started yoga again and as I was taking YOGABODY, I did 3 days in a row and my body healed so much faster than normal. I find it easier and more enjoyable to practice yoga when taking YOGABODY and I don't dread the pain I would normally get when I stretch. YOGABODY makes me more positive during my workouts which is an added bonus because I feel awesome afterwards! This is my honest and sincere opinion about this product, yeah the green pills may look weird but they work!! So grateful I found them!
– Kim Chi Kim (yoga student)
I use YOGABODY daily and work on the Gravity Poses. I just got the laminated chart and it's helping to remember how they are to be grouped. Almost down in splits on right side which is amazing. I wasn't making as much progress until I started the YOAGBODY program. Actually getting closer on left side too - which I never dreamed I would be able to do!
– KCSuzy (yoga student)
I bought the Yoga Trapeze for my wife who doesn't practice yoga but has had slipped discs since adolescence. She gets relief from doing a simple inversion in this for seven minutes each morning
– Jeremy Johnson (yoga student)
I have had huge flexibility gains in the 12 weeks I have used this product and the Gravity Pose techniques. I have even been able to join a fitness center to do additional resistance training. I am 62, have had 2 serious spinal injuries at ages 16 & 28, and 7 spinal surgeries (3 lumbar, 4 cervical) in the past 44 years, along with several other invasive spinal procedures. Thanks to YOGABODY I'm doin' better every day now!
– Lulgi (yoga student)
I do my gravity stretches and take YOGABODY every morning. I love the CD as it contains plain instructions and at the same time makes me feel as if I'm taking a class in a group. I started practicing yoga about 20 years ago and I was quite flexible and bendy. Then I quit and lost a lot of movement. Some of the gravity poses help me feel like I still can move freely without feeling pain or tension. My work gives me neck, back and leg pain. After couple of weeks of YOGABODY Stretch and Gravity Yoga I felt no pain in my neck, my back hurts less, and my legs have become lighter. Before it was quite difficult for me to walk. After approximately 100 meters I wanted to stop, to sit, to have a rest. Now I'm walking at least 7 km a day and feel good. Thanks a lot! I feel the life coming back to my body.
– Galina (yoga student)
I eat at least one tablespoon of Chia seeds a day. They are a revelation. My intestines are humming, and my skin is really soft. I have given these away to friends, and recommend them to everyone.
– Julie Madill (yoga instructor)
I have been using your "gravity" poses to loosen my hips and they have done wonders for me. I can sit in lotus pose for about 1 hour now without tremendous discomfort.
– Stephen McConnell (yoga student)
I am so thankful for the YOGABODY Handbook. It will surely deepen the benefits of my Bikram practice. Again many thanks and Namaste
– Barbara (Bikram Yoga student)
I use a tablespoon of chia seeds in my morning spinach, banana, carrot, ginger, lemon and plain yogurt shake. That's my breakfast. (You've helped me realize the power of drinking as much spinach as possible from a masticating juicer) I quit the coffee over a year ago, and these chia seeds are wonderful for a not-so hungry feeling and maybe I'm imagining it, but I do feel more energized!
– Kitty-Marie LaVeaux (dance instructor)
The stretches you laid out in your manual do wonders. Lately I've found that if I bike my butt off and break a good sweat then do your long holds, my bad hamstring seems to improve much faster.
– Kris Waldron (Bikram Yoga teacher)
I have just started the YOGABODY Gang, and am loving the idea! It gives a nice feeling of sharing and being part of something. Great advice and responses. The Gravity poses are amazingly effective, after just one week I feel a difference! The YOGABODY Stretch supplements also seem to help me in kicking my coffee to the curb!
– Marianne Huus Mjøen (yoga student)
Chia seeds are an absolutely fabulous product. They feel so amazing in my system. I often start my day with some chia and water for breakfast. Within 10 min I'm completely satisfied for 2 - hours.
– Deirdre Butler (yoga student)
I received the YOGABODY Handbook about ten days ago, and I have been using the gravity poses every day (sometimes twice a day) since then. I have to admit that this program greatly exceeds my expectations!
I am 56 and I have been practicing yoga since I was 14. The problem is that I am (was) as stiff as a board and that yoga was always a struggle for me because I was always so far from the posture that I could not relax and benefit from it. I therefore had long periods of discouragement and I felt like I got nowhere, even after so many years. At least, that's until I tried your gravity poses. I think that a kind of a miracle is starting to happen! Gravity poses work - and damn well! For the first time in my life I see and feel progress! I obviously have to put in the work and allow time for more progress, but I trust the method and I know it is going to work wonders with a little patience, because I already feel quite different, I would say more "free". Great product, Lucas, God bless you!
– Paul Belizere (yoga student)
I am 30 years old, and since I was 16 I have belonged to the Yog Sadhan Ashram. I am also a Yoga Coach and have used the Ashram for my daily yoga practice, since I was 12 years old. I used to be very healthy naturally, but when I turned 23, I became very busy and concentrated on my studies, marriage and career. I stopped practicing every day, until I could not even do PAAD HAST AASAN. My weight jumped to 83kg and I was very stiff. One day I found your site and read all your articles. It took two days, but I was convinced and changed my diet. I bought Spirulina, MSM, Chlorella, stopped eating fast food and started eating more raw vegetables like spinach, cabbage and also some plant foods. I was also a coffee boy before, but I cut it out. In one month I lost 10kg and now I can also do CHAKRA ASAN - can you believe it? Thank you so much!
– Sanjeev (yoga student)
I drink Yoga Protein in a smoothie every day, and just love it. It gives me the energy I need to practice yoga and Tai Chi, and leaves me feeling great - plus, the recovery time after classes are faster. Thank you for getting these products out to us and helping us get better results.
– Jacquelyn Sword (yoga student)
Yoga Protein is great stuff! I have tried all types of protein and this is by far the best tasting and easiest to mix with liquid.
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