If you want to maximize your gains, there’s more to it than simply working out all the time. You need to put careful thought and effort into your lifestyle and your attitude.
The latter is important because your mental gains will determine much you can improve on a physical level. You can’t set a good routine if you’re in a bad mood all the time. And if you’re not physically healthy, well, it’s no surprise if you’re in a bad mood.
4 Ways to Maximize Your Physical and Mental Gains by Making Improvements to Your Diet
In this article we’re going to describe some of the best ways that you can maximize your physical and mental gains by making improvements or additions to your diet.
#1. Take Macrobiotic Vitamins
If you’ve never heard of microbiotic vitamins, don’t beat yourself up. Traditional vitamins have been well-known for some time – they’re found in foods, supplements, and other things that we consume. However, the concept of microbiotic vitamins is a little bit different.
The bacteria in our gut actually produce nutritional compounds as a result of digesting our food. These vitamins (known as macrobiotic vitamins) are vital for helping people ward off a number of physical and mental problems, ranging from depression and anxiety to heart disease and cancer.
#2. Watch What You Put Into Your Body
Just because the majority of people in our society guzzle caffeine like water and eat a lot of sugar doesn’t mean that it’s good for you. In fact, excessive use of caffeine and pretty much any use of refined sugar can cause a number of problems in both the brain and body.
Both of these compounds can cause inflammation. Normally, inflammation is a natural bodily response that indicates that your body is fighting off a disease or an infection. That alone is a hint that sugar’s not so great for you – your body treats it like an invader.
Constant inflammation can also contribute to stress, which can throw off your mental game. You are what you eat, so make sure you only eat healthy foods: fruits, grains, vegetables, legumes, and cold-pressed oils are a few.
#3. Try an Ayurvedic Diet Plan
Despite being several thousands of years old, the Ayurvedic system of health and nutrition remains the most holistic and complete nutritional science the world has ever seen.
Western nutritional science posits that there are a set number of minerals and vitamins that everyone needs in a day. This amount changes as we grow older or depending on gender.
Ayurveda takes it several dozen steps forward and identifies specific nutritional needs for individuals based on age, size, gender, health, strength, digestive ability, mental health, stress levels… the list goes on. Ayurveda takes into account every aspect of a person’s being and every property of a specific food and attempts to identify the most nourishing food for a person.
#4. Try Intermittent Fasting
There has been a lot of research that shows that intermittent fasting is beneficial for health. The body seems to make more use of the nutrients that we eat when it only has a chance to digest them once a day.
The easiest way to practice intermittent fasting is to simply skip two meals a day. Some people prefer to skip breakfast and lunch, eating a large dinner. However, research has shown that it’s harder to digest food during the evening hours. Eating a large lunch will allow for maximum nutritional absorption.
If you’re hoping to get gains, then it’s important to remember that it’s not just your body that you need to pay attention to. Your mental state and your physical state are closely linked, and it’s important to make sure that you take care of both of them.
Hopefully this article has helped you understand some of the best ways to maximize the gains of your brains and your bodies. Good luck training!
Eric Silver is a contributor for E-counseling.com – a mental health resource with self-help guides on stress, anxiety, depression, and many other areas.