Intra Workout Drink – What to drink during your workouts?

I used to think the term BCAA(branch chain amino acids)  was synonymous to an intra workout drink.  Yes the same heavily marketed BCAA’s which have amazing flavors and are pushed by supplement stores.

But my ACSM certification in nutrition  has helped me understand what to look for in an Ideal Intra Workout Drink.

Firstly , I am not against using BCAA’s but most people treat them as purely an intra workout drink without understanding what they are made of and meant for. This lack of knowledge has many implications in the long run.

The Scientific Breakdown of BCAA

Branched chain amino acids (BCAA) are the building blocks of protein. These are essential for muscle growth and recovery, and can be consumed throughout the day. Having them together with a high protein diet leads to excessive uric acid which is detrimental to bone health.

Treating  BCAA as an intra workout drink(if managed well with the protein you take daily)  is not wrong, but during a workout your body needs some other elements to enhance performance and prevent dehydration.

Here is what your body requires during a workout.

Components of an Ideal Intra Workout Drink

  1. Energy

During a workout your body needs instant energy as it has to undergo excessive stress. For this a high glycemic carbohydrate is ideal. (something which immediately provides energy, without much need to be broken down). The simplest  and fastest dissolving form of Carbohydrate is glucose. Thus glucose should be one of the components of an ideal intra workout drink.

2. Electrolytes 

The body looses water in the form of perspiration(sweating) during a workout.  Along with sweat, the body also loses essential salts, which need to be replaced. Here are some of them and their functions.. intra workout drink

3. Tonicity- Water enters and exits body cells by the process of osmosis. Wherein it travels from its higher concentration to its lower concentration through the semi permeable cell wall.  In simple words water moves from a solution where it is present in abundance to the solution where it is lesser. This is maintained by the electrolytes mentioned above.

Based upon the tonicity drinks can be classified in to :

  • Isotonic sport drinks contain similar concentrations of salt and sugar as in the human body.
  • Hypertonic sport drinks contain a higher concentration of salt and sugar than the human body.
  • Hypotonic sport drinks contain a lower concentration of salt and sugar than the human body.

The best suited among these for your intra workout drink is an isotonic drink.

Why Drinking Water is Not enough?

Pure water is not an ideal intra workout drink as it might help you quench thirst but it will not ensure proper hydration. Water provides no sodium, which helps the body hold onto water and helps fluid get to the right places in the body, like muscles and blood.

What do I recommend?

There are a number of ways in which you can make an isotonic drink at home. But I choose to use Enerzal . As it has all the essential elements of an ideal intra workout drink. intra workout drink

Do give it a try and no they dint pay me for saying this, yet.

 

Weekend Box Office Tips – Coping with Handicaps

The Weekend Box Office Tip is a new segment which will include some real life tips to better the quality of your lives. In this section I will collect one single tip from significant health and lifestyle influencers and entrepreneurs around us and cover their story behind it.

In this super fast life it is difficult to find time to reflect on the quality of your life. As the weekend gives you some time to unwind, it also presents an opportunity to introspect. Making it the perfect time for the weekend box office tip.

My Wweekend box office eekend Box Office Tip – Coping with Handicaps

Life startles you at times, and it startles you more when you are awakened to the magic sprinkled around you. Common situations carry invaluable lessons. Learning these is the secret to an abundant and fulfilling life. One of these lessons which I learnt  as a result of two different, difficult situations  is the weekend box office tip I would want to give you all. Coping with handicaps.

The story behind the tip

I had a terrible injury 2 weeks back, when my left ankle twisted. The ankle was swollen like a ball and I feared the worst. Considering my health and fitness centric lifestyle it was a body blow and a big blast before Diwali. With so many caring people around me, it was impossible to even think about restarting my fitness schedule(which, as some of you might know, is like oxygen to me).

After two days I couldn’t control the urge of heading to the gym, and overlooking medical advise, did just that. But understanding the responsibilities on my head, of selling luxury properties in Navi Mumbai and being a long term health influencer, I adapted my workout so as to negate the journey altogether. (I will share how later on in this article.)

(Check my foot in the pic below)

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Selling luxury properties in Navi Mumbai gets my attention to the second handicap. With so many rules and laws, demonetization, RERA, GST, applied in such a short time, the dimensions of doing business in India have changed drastically. Real Estate is one of the worst hit, because of ticket sizes and the omnipresent trust issues in the field.

Demonetization  sucked out the money from the system, which was essential for businesses like real estate, at it was second nature for the business. RERA and GST added more confusion than removing it because of the complicated procedures and added tax burden to end users.

These major handicaps to the industry definitely increased the scope of excuses for people failing to sell properties, but I, just like with my sprained ankle, am learning how to adapt and cope with this handicap.

What Coping with the sprained Ankle taught me about Selling Luxury Properties?

The weekend box office tip, coping with handicap, was learnt with the sprained ankle and is coming to my assistance while selling properties.

What I understood with my sprained ankle and applied to selling properties is:

  1. Limited but effective movement– Choosing a few effective movements was the need of the hour with my sprained ankle. Similarly choosing a few good methods for marketing property and being absolutely involved in them  was what I carried to my work
  2. More mindful movement– Attention to detail was magnified during my movements with the sprained ankle. The handicap in the business, has given me an opportunity to micro manage processes which were considered tertiary earlier.
  3. Some time off only leads to self discovery– The cycle of pursuing passions puts you in an infinite loop of doing. Spending some time out of it not only helps you discover more about yourself but also cater to the aspects of life you haven’t been giving importance. Lesser time at the gym courtesy the sprained ankle made me rediscover my passion for reading. Similarly the handicapped nature of the market made me take more time out for family and friends.
  4. The power of persistence– With the power of persistence all handicaps can be handled. My ankle is doing better and so is how I deal with my sales. By trying out newer exercises and methods of training I coped with my limited movement. Similarly redefining strategies and innovations have helped me come to terms with the real estate market.

Utilizing these I was able to recreate a new self image, which is both strong and resourceful.  The signs of progress are noticeable in the videos below which is made to assist lazy people in working out, which I just created a few days back.

As for selling luxury properties the renewed optimism is bearing good results. Attention to details and innovations is bringing in a revolution which is leading to a more professional and organised approach to insure proper functioning and elevated sales.

You might not have a sprained ankle or selling luxury properties in a bearish market. But the above Weekend Box office Tips can be applied in every walk of life where you feel handicapped.

Have a great weekend.

 

 

 

Be Basic – Water Secrets for Losing Weight and Gaining Health

70 % of our planet is water, 70% of your body is water and more than 70% of your bodies ailments, disease or symptoms like obesity,  are because of  water. I believe, through this article,  at least 70% of you will realize that your journey of losing weight and gaining health basically starts with improving the quality of the water that you consume.

You don’t need to spend thousands on gyms, super foods and supplements, indulge in quick fixes and over exhaustive programs once you lose your health. Rather it is beneficial to work on the basics before entering complexities. Working on the basics will not only help in preventing diseases and losing weight but also put you on a natural road to recover the health that you have lost.

So the basic secret to losing weight and gaining health is to consume basic water.

Here is what Basic Water Means 

Before man populated and polluted the world, water was different than how it is today. It had natural detoxifying and cleansing properties along with superior hydration due to its basic nature( remember basic(alkaline) and acid litmus tests from chemistry class).

With time the water all around the planet gained an acidic nature. The few places to retain some of this pure superior quality water made it holy, places like the Upper Himalayas in India, Lourdes in France, Japan and Saudi Arabia. The purity of this water is due to both its metaphysical and physical properties, which make it best for losing weight and gaining health in the modern day.

The Science Behind It

So what makes this primitive water or holy water superior and how did human activities change its nature?

The primitive water had an active Hydrogen and high alkalinity (Basic Nature) (higher pH level)along with high anti-oxidants and micro-clustering effect on the water molecules.  It was better than modern day water in the following ways:

More Alkalinity

It was full of minerals which made it basic(not acidic) in nature, which is in alignment with the basic nature of your body pH standing at 7.30 to 7.45.  Check the chart below for more knowledge on pH. 
phscaleAntioxidant nature

Along with this it was an antioxidant, imagine the water you drink being better than the best green tea. To read more about antioxidants and their nature check out this article “The importance of antioxidants”

Better Hydration

Thirdly it had a micro clustering effect on water molecule, where 5-6 water molecules formed a cluster than 12-15 in the water today. This tinier clustering lead to better cellular hydration.

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In a world of junk food and pollutants your body and the water around you is in the hazardous acidic pH range. Humans have lead to this change in the nature of water which had several health benefits in its actual form.

The Health Benefits

Here are some ways in which this primitive holy water which would help you in losing weight and gaining health:

  1. Better Hydration because smaller water clusters so you can have a better workout and consequently more weight loss
  2. Anti Ageing as it is triples antioxidant strength of lime and  removesremoves free radicals
  3. Reduces heart pressure and Lowers cholesterol
  4. Detoxification- More filtration of acidic toxins through kidneys and anti oxidants promote blood Cleansing
  5. It balances body pH, raising urine pH by 1 level can decrease obesity, high blood pressure and risk of kidney stones
  6. Acidic body pH takes away Ca from bones to balance pH so the water safeguards your bones
  7. Alkaline water leads to better colon health and improves digestion.
  8. Sports performance improves as a result of better hydration and anti oxidizing effects of water.

Bringing It Back

The ionized alkali elixir which was in abundance a long time ago is now a rare commodity. Lucky for those born in Japan and the upper Himalayas, where it still occurs in abundance but for the rest of us, we need to find alternatives to help us in losing weight and gaining health.

The effectiveness of basic water depends on long term usage, so the one off trek to the mountains or vacation to the land of the rising sun wont help you in losing weight or gaining health.

The solution to this is by recreating this water through technology. Aquatatva has a remarkable product which can bring this elixir from the upper Himalaya or the land of the rising sun straight to your taps. Their seamless machine will not only bring back the primitive ionic alkaline water but also make it accessible at prices cheaper than your water refills.  Along with this it will produce by products which are used by top niche skin care companies.

aquatatva-water-ionizer

Also check out their application which spreads awareness about the benefits of ionized alkaline water. Its available for both Apple and Android devices.

Do mail me if you found this article helpful and I will give you a tip on how you can make partially alkaline water with some easily available items at home which will help you in losing weight and gaining health.

 

 

The Journey Within – Stages of Meditation

Meditation – The Journey Within

You use and abuse your brain every living moment. You are either  observing, creating, resolving, inspiring or worrying, cursing, cribbing, plotting, planning. Have you ever tried to understand the intelligence behind your brain which makes all this possible?

This intelligence, which you often take for granted, is nothing but the cosmic divinity exhibiting itself through you.  Not many have the power of evoking this intelligence, as it requires you to make the most tedious of journey’s. A journey which doesn’t involve moving  a million miles but sitting still.

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A journey which requires you to activate your divine elements like calmness, concentration and intuition through yoga and meditation and use them to take a walk with your soul in the garden of universal bliss.

Meditation: From Body to Soul to Spirit

Meditation is the transcendence from bodily sense consciousness to super consciousness of the soul and further to the cosmic consciousness, the ultimate spirit( energy) governing our cosmos.

Only the ones who defeat the resisting restlessness of the senses and overcome delusions of the material world,through regular and effective meditation, can look within and carry forward on their journey to experience inner ecstasy.

To get in touch with the paradise within you have to forego the sensory disturbances outside. Only then can you make the connection from body to soul and consequently to the universal spirit.

Meditation

This connection occurs through different stages of meditation. Here is a brief about the stages of meditation.

The Stages of Meditation 

  1. Restlessness of sensory consciousness- The delusion of sense consciousness are the most difficult to overcome. The responsiveness to your sense of taste, sight, touch, smell, and sound are heightened when you try to sit still and meditate. The first stage of Meditation is to observe this restless aspect within you and overcome it through calmness, concentration and persistence. It is a battle between the soul forces of calmness and intuition and your senses preventing you to sit still.
  2. Realization of Super Consciousness- The few of you who outlast restlessness are awakened to the super consciousness within you. You understand that you possess subtle divine perceptions along with gross sense perceptions which work against each other. This realization is also referred to as middle point. You are exactly in the middle of the divine elements pushing you towards the spirit and the sensory elements pulling you back towards the physical world. .  In this state you can , from time to time, taste the sweet nectar of the cosmic consciousness and feel deep peace.
  3. Cosmic Closure – With constant practice you empower the divine elements further, thereby reducing the powers of the restlessness causing sense elements and opening the doors to cosmic consciousness. The more divine fuel you add to your super consciousness the closer you get to the divine element(cosmic consciousness). You start feeling this deep blissful feeling of oneness with the everything around you, yet the unrelenting  forces of desire and sensory temptation are omnipresent waiting for your concentration to slip.
  4. Samadhi(ONENESS)– You align yourself perfectly with the (GOD entity)cosmic consciousness. In oneness with the very root of the cosmos you either drown yourself in yourself or find yourself in yourself. Desires and sensory temptations have little or no hold on you at all.

CONNECT meditationThese four stages of meditation are stated in numerous ancient scripts of wisdom.  Although the words and languages might be different but in the end the concept is the same. Facilitating an inner connection of the soul with soul of the universe is the underlying motive of most ancient scripts.

Modern world distractions have made it increasingly difficult for this to happen. In a material and desire driven societies, very few have the time to look inside. With ready made virtual rewards on your fingertips why would someone make all the effort to silence senses and look inside in the first place.

Yet this bubble is on the verge of bursting as more and more people seek salvation beyond substance, meditation beyond limitation, and fulfillment beyond desires.  Discover ways of aligning and moving beyond material desires by reading 6 Ways to The World. It will help you in understanding and connecting with yourself.

 

 

Mindful Habits : Taking a Breather

You are Mindful when you to train your mind to be empty.

You occupy the moment when you meditate to  relieve yourself from momentary existence.

 You observe more when you train yourself to think less.

Mindful-ness makes you observe your actions while you do them. This way of life is cultivated by sitting and observing your thoughts, understanding the nature of sensory triggers and habit induced instincts and finally learning how to distinguish yourself from these actions in the heat of the moment as a separate observing entity.

Over time we engage in lot of activities, which either become our passions or profession.  For me it is business, health and writing, for others it might be something else.

While pursuing any kind of work or activity, you get so engrossed in doing, that you forget observing yourself as a separate entity from the activity or work that you do. In due time you are so lost that you end up believing this activity to be a natural part of your life, your calling, passionate pursuit, objective in life.

Failing to be mindful, you get engrossed in work and observe little, as a result you make these external activities larger than your own life.  This sets you on a pathway of stress and worry when expected results are not met.

Taking a breather

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It is essential to temporarily detach yourself  from the activities you pursue, even if you love doing them.

When you take a breather, you take your energies out of the task and exist, be it for a few moments, as an absolute singularity. This is essential as it lets you create a distance between the activity and yourself. Which might be temporal but at the same time necessary to observe your singularity.

You will observe that your singularity much more than whatever it is that you pursue. Your activities don’t define you rather you define your activities.

Ego will never let you out of the vicious cycle of work and passions but it is highly recommended to take a breather from both once in a while. It might seem impossible and irresponsible to leave work and even more with passionate work, but if you don’t give yourself breaks you will let yourself slide in an infinite loop of doing.

By taking breaks you will boost your minds capability of observing. This makes you more mindful and make better life decisions when you are moving at the speed of life. If you dare to be mindful in the modern world you will empower yourself to find the best in every situation in every dimension of life.

I DARE YOU TO BE MINDFUL

I dare you to be more mindful in this world which forces you to worry about unfinished work.  In a world where every action is mandatory to produce some end product. I dare you to be more mindful in this world where we act more and observe little. Where we are countering evolution and becoming work horses.

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I dare you to be more mindful in the modern world where you are being hustled into becoming an ever working hustler.

(Disclaimer: It is to be noted that a “taking a breather” is a temporary phenomenon aimed at upgrading mindfull-ness and not aimed at making you lay.)

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