Know your seeds!

Seeds have been a part of man’s diet since the paleolithic era and a significant part of the very popular ‘paleo-diet’ today. Nuts and seeds form 26% of the plant foods consumed by the hunter-gatherer societies all over the world. Seeds are not only energy dense but have a great nutrition profile as well, thus fitting to be a part of the pre-agricultural food of man. A seed consists of an outer coat, inner germ…

Ketogenic diet for the Endurance Athlete?

A Ketogenic diet induces the release of ‘Ketones’ by the body (essentially by the liver) which are then used as a primary fuel instead of Glucose. This happens by depriving the body of its primary fuel- glucose (from carbohydrates) and increasing the intake of fat. This deprivation makes the body think that it’s under starvation and the body starts breaking down fat for energy releasing Ketones. A diet rich in carbs to provide fuel to…

Pineapple for Recovery in Endurance Athletes

Pineapple is a tropical plant and its medicinal uses have been documented in various traditional systems of medicine that date back to ancient times. Scientific advancements have revealed that the therapeutic benefits of pineapple are attributed to the presence of Bromelain in them. Bromelain is a mixture of enzymes (proteases-enzymes that breakdown protein) present in Pineapple (mainly in the stem and fruit of the plant). It is a kind of a proteolytic (breaking down of…

Herbs & Spices that heal

Whether you are recovering from an injury, or struggling to recover from a heavy workout, or have caught a flu- directly heading to an anti-inflammatory pill or popping in a supplement may not always be the best approach. Plenty of herbs & spices especially Indian have properties of repair and healing. Unfortunately, in the fast-paced world, we need immediate fixes- which mind you, are often temporary. A gradual approach may be like it suggests- gradual-…

Can Diet Improve Swimming performance ?

Can Diet Improve Swimming performance? This is often the question I get asked considering of course I have been a swimmer and I in particular never had dietary guidance for most years of my swimming career. “My son/daughter swims 13 sessions a week, each very high intense covering long kilometers and further about 5-6 sessions a week of strength and conditioning to improve strength during swims. Why aren’t these two essential components enough? Do I…

Do we really realize the impact of obesity ?

Do we really realize the impact of obesity? It is shocking to learn that worldwide obesity rates have nearly tripled since 1975. We have reached a disappointing stage where there are more individuals dying due to obesity than they are from hunger! More than 1.9 Billion adults today are overweight/ obese. Forty-One million children under the age of 5 years and over 340 million children and adolescents aged 5-19 years were overweight/obese in the year…