If you’re sweating it out in yoga class to the temperature of 105+ degrees, don’t say we didn’t try to tell you that some of the many benefits you get with a hot yoga class you can also get with eating a hot chili pepper.
Hot Yoga has been linked to many healthy benefits that include:
- sweating out toxins
- elevates the heart rate
- improves breathing to help asthma
- weight loss
- improved mood
Sound familiar spicy lovers? This is because these same benefits are had when you include Capsaicin in your diet, that magical compound in chili peppers that give them their heat.
While you don’t need to get your yoga mat and towel out or really need to go anywhere except maybe the grocery store to pick up some peppers, you may need to take extra deep breaths when taking in all that heat. The hotter the pepper, the more likely you are to sweat (releasing toxins) just like in hot yoga. Chili peppers are also healthy for your heart, helping to reduce cholesterol. Chili peppers can help to clear out breathing passages to help with congestion and can help prevent asthma attacks by numbing specific nerve endings that cause a nasty cough. Peppers have also been linked to aiding in weight loss. These tiny peppers have the power to speed up metabolism and warm your body to burn more fat. But most of all? Eating chili peppers help to elevate your mood! Creating happy and present feelings much like we get from doing yoga.
What’s the best way to maximize these benefits? Take a hot yoga class then have a healthy lunch doused in hot sauce like Mad Cat Hot sauce.