Of protein shakes and supplements (that you definitely don’t need)

Bijay J Anand | September 1, 2015

At my teacher-training course for Kundalini Yoga in Rishikesh, there was a beautiful young girl. I used to observe the intensity of her practice as well as the discipline and passion that she poured into her training.

We became friends over a period of time. It was then I noticed something strange. She would carry around a ‘pillbox’ with her, which was full of, well, pills. From time to time, she would carefully open that box and retrieve six to eight of her colourful and neatly-segregated prescriptions and have them with a glass of water.

My initial thought was that this unfortunate young girl had a serious ailment, and, painful as it was, I philosophised about one of life’s bitter realities.
One day, though, I realised that the pillbox was not full of medication to cure anything. It was actually what she called her ‘goodybox’, and contained supplements of all kinds – vitamins, minerals, phosphorous, Omega 3 fatty acids…

And why would an apparently healthy, 20-something girl need so many supplements? According to her ‘dietitian’, she needed these to ensure that she got the nutrition that normal food was not able to.

What a load of shit!

Which human being can lay claim to be more intelligent than billions of years of evolution? Over these eons, the supremely intelligent human body has adapted itself to what is available to eat, and has derived its nourishment from those foods. Between the energy of the sun, oxygen, ample exercise and fresh organic fruits and vegetables, there is enough and more available for a human to live for more than a hundred years.

Last night I went out for dinner with a dear friend. To this fancy, fine-dining restaurant at which we were dining, the misguided young gentleman had carried with him a protein shake!

This is what actually prompted me to write this blog.

Please understand that a wholesome diet of natural foods is more than enough for you to be able to live a beautiful, healthy and fit life. The people stuffing you with these supplements are not offering you nutrition; they are making billions in profits by stoking your fears. Fears that they have put into your mind in the first place.

The most common health misnomer is that your body needs copious amounts proteins, and that vegetarians are at a disadvantage as they don’t consume meat. Anyone with any doubts, please Google Karl Ess, a Russian bodybuilder who is not just vegetarian – he’s vegan. Which also puts to rest another fallacy – that milk is a great source of proteins.

For those who’d like a little extra help in the form of boosters,nature has spirulina, moringa, tulsi, nuts, seeds and many more super foods that you can consider.

Yoga is a life of awareness. A life of simplicity and beauty. It is a blissful space where you derive what you need from nature, and live in harmony with it. For a happy, holy and healthier life, I suggest you reconsider your supplements, if you have any, and go back to living on natural, living foods rather than synthetic, laboratory-created capsules.

For those who’d like a little extra help in the form of boosters,nature has spirulina, moringa, tulsi, nuts, seeds and many more super foods that you can consider.

Yoga is a life of awareness. A life of simplicity and beauty. It is a blissful space where you derive what you need from nature, and live in harmony with it. For a happy, holy and healthier life, I suggest you reconsider your supplements, if you have any, and go back to living on natural, living foods rather than synthetic, laboratory-created capsules.

“A yogi is not one who does yoga all day and has renounced his life, loves, desires and material possessions. A true yogi is one who has embraced life, treats his body like a temple, has an open Anahata Chakra and has realigned himself with the cosmic vibration.”

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