Surviving the Cold and Flu Season

Of all of our biological systems, the immune system is one of the most complex and amazing. Given that we have daily exposure to countless bugs and viruses...

Watermelon and DOMS

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can damage the stomach and also the small intestine. Within hours of taking NSAIDs it can make our gut...

An Ode to Oranges

When asked what his favorite fruit is, Michael Arnstein, my favorite ultra-runner/fruitarian, replied that it was oranges. Why?  Part of the reason,...

Distance Running and Cherry Juice

In the last post I talked about how consumption of tart cherry juice decreased muscle soreness and reduced strength loss following eccentric induced...

Tart Cherry Juice for DOMS

DOMS or delayed onset muscle soreness is familiar for the elite or novice athlete. It occurs 12-48 hours after eccentric exercise (such as downhill running)...

Improved Performance with Beet Juice

There is a fundamental truth of exercise and that is that during submaximal aerobic exercise for every “x” amount of oxygen you consume you can do “x”...

Fruit and Veggie Benefits for Athletes, continued

A 2009 study looked at the effect of diet on gene expression of superoxide dismutase (remember this plays a role in our internal antioxidant defense...

Fruit and Veggie Benefits for Athletes

Michael Arnstein, an elite ultra-runner, got me turned on to eating more fruit. He is a fruitarian which means he eats mostly fruits and vegetables,...

Fruit, Insulin Release and Meat

This is a picture of my fruit bowl. This is just a portion of the fruit I eat during a week. Not shown are all the frozen fruits and berries I also eat...

Why I am a Plant-Powered Athlete

I don’t understand the love affair that Americans (or other Western countries for that matter) have with meat. In its raw form it is really quite unappealing....

Food and Athletic Peformance