HANAH One at altitude: Ski, Snowboard & Climb with Ayurvedic Herbs
By Joel Einhorn with Dr. V.A. Venugopal
photos courtesy of Jimmy Chin
Winter sports bring a few new variables into the mix. Cold weather, long days, hundreds of plyometric start-stop movements, warming up, cooling down and high altitude. Nothing can quite prepare you for altitude, like altitude. Going from sea level to 2500 meters (8000 feet) and beyond will present a few issues for most any human.
One of the quickest ways to find out how best to acclimate your diet to help assist the adjustment is to look at the food and herbs that are eaten in the Himalayas, or Tibet. So we did just that. Dr. Venugopal, our Ayurvedic guru and manufacturing partner in India, has spent time in the Himalayas and is aware of which herbs grow in these regions and which herbs are used in trekking at high altitude.
When formulating HANAH ONE, we used an ancient ayurvedic recipe and delivery system that has been in place for thousands of years. We then plugged a few modern variables into this formula. Spending a lot of time up in the mountains myself — hiking, mountain biking, splitboarding and snowboarding — I wanted something that would work well for high-altitude sports.
HANAH ONE is in a group of products called “Rasayana.” The rasayana is known to be effective in cell repair and rejuvenation. It supplies vital nutrients that are needed for glandular and enzymatic activities. Thus ONE helps maintain body metabolism.
ONE also supplies herbs that improve the blood picture, such as Amalaki (Indian Gooseberry). Terminalia Bellirica is also known to be useful in rejuvenation and has mild laxative properties. Similarly, this herb helps to reduce bronchial spasms (breathing distress) and improves digestion. These two herbs are the 2 major ingredients in ONE. Reduced immunity, fatigue, lack of appetite, constipation (due to limited food intake) are common health problems during trekking and high-altitude sports. ONE — with its Gooseberry and Terminalia Bellirica — helps combat these health problems.
Sesame oil and ghee provide the necessary fat (a combination of vegetable and animal fat) for long treks. According to Ayurveda, clarified butter is a brain tonic (medhya rasayana). Sesame oil is found to improve strength and oiliness to the body. Ayurvedically, it is also found to reduce vatta and kapha which are aggravated during trekking and endurance sports. There are also many herbs which contribute to ONE’s power as a good brain tonic. During trekking there is vatta elevation and an increase in kapha due to the cold climate and mild disorientation from limited oxygen supply. Because of the presence of ghee and herbs for brain function, ONE helps maintain mental clarity and brain function even at high altitudes. The vatta and kapha elevation is treated by the Sesame oil and herbs like Sida Rhombifolia. Sida Rhombifolia is a cornerstone of Ayurveda, and is also extremely useful in strengthening the ligaments and tendons, reducing inflammation, and increasing stamina.
Honey and raw sugar cane are two wholesome natural sugars that help the body better absorb all of the herbs in HANAH ONE. They also provide the much needed calories during trekking.
ONE also contains Ashwagandha — which has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-stress properties. Ashwagandha is good for cardiovascular health. It strengthens the heart muscles and improves overall stamina. According to research, Ashwagandha possesses hematopoietic properties. The study showed that red blood cell and white blood cell counts increased significantly in rats which were administered with Ashwagandha. This could mean a positive effect on human red blood cells as well. When training or doing heavy activity, I supplement additional Ashwagandha into my morning drink. I find it to be miraculous in terms of horsepower and increased cardio.
ONE is made out of a variety of herbs and other natural ingredients. It is a wholesome, balanced, and natural dietary supplement. ONE — with its balanced wholesome nutritional status, rejuvenation principles, brain tonics, blood and cardio boosters, and wholesome calorie supply — will be the ideal food supplement for high-altitude sports compared to other supplements.
HANAH ONE Effects at Altitude:
- Appetite stimulation through amalaki & terminalia bellerica
- Slight laxative effect to combat constipation
- Honey and raw sugar are great natural energy sources to combat fatigue
- T. Bellerica combats cough and bronchospasm
- Sesame oil moisturizes skin and along with Sida Rhombifolia brings relief to stiffness
- Increases metabolism
- Provides micronutrients to offset limited food intake
- Gotu Kola, Acorus Calamus, and Ashwagandha combat brain disorientation by increasing brain function