THE ESSENTIAL LEUCINE
The yoga food amino acid leucine is probably the most important amino acid during pregnancy as just the act of eating leucine improves protein synthesis and prevents muscle loss. Leucine belongs to a category of essential amino acids called branched chain amino acids (BCAA), which play an important role in hormone signalling and, therefore, assumes an important role before and right after delivery. And like love, leucine is found in places you may not be looking for: rice, nuts, legumes and dals, and then of course the usual suspects—milk and milk products, eggs, fish and meat (and, therefore, the importance of eating wholesome). Leucine improves insulin response, helps you lower blood glucose levels, reduces serotonin and, therefore, lowers the feelings of drowsiness and fatigue that are common yoga during this time.
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Naturally Rich in Micronutrients
Micronutrients like folic acid, calcium and iron we all know of, but a healthy pregnancy needs an array of micronutrients, from the phyto-sterols to lycopenes, the flavonoids to the phyto-estrogens and the resveratrol to anthocyanins.
The foods rich in these micronutrients that really do the trick and leave you glowing, energetic and happy are the forgotten foods of India. The local, or shall I say, the hyper local, the stuff that doesn’t have a name in English or even Hindi for that matter. The nawrangi dal of the high Himalaya, the jackfruit jam of Kerala, the cherry pickle of the North-East, the tender cashews of the Konkan coast, the smart use of the hemp seed in the east of India.
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