Smooth Mama, aka Naomi of Naomi Clark Yoga can oft be found sweating buckets as she bends it like Bikram in one of her hugely popular ‘hot yoga’ classes.
Here’s what she blends after she bends, in order to rehydrate her shamazing self (sorry, no gin)…
- 1/4 cucumber
- Sprigs of fresh mint
- Tbsp chia seeds
- Pinch of Himalayan Salt
- Ice & Water or, if you need a little ‘sweetner’ in order to wash this down, you can use a little coconut water or coconut syrup (like they do in India apparently) 😉
Common or garden mint is the star of this tonic and here’s why…
Mint is a renowned adaptogen. Adaptogens are plants or herbs that, by improving the health of your adrenal system, have the ability to modify or ‘adapt’ your body’s response to stress, anxiety and fatigue. Not only do they help to counteract the adverse effects of stress but, they enable the body’s cells to access more energy; help cells eliminate toxic by-products of the metabolic process and, help the body to utilise oxygen more efficiently. Peppermint has been used in various forms for a long time as protection against dehydration by maintaining electrolyte balance and helping to restore any fluid lost. It’s also great at keeping the body cool by lowering its temperature, whether taken as a tea or tincture or, applied topically as a powder in order to cool the skin. So, in anticipation of a long hot summer (we live in hope), it’s totes perfect for any ‘sweaty betty’ moments either inside or outside of the yoga room!