INTERESTING HEALTH + NUTRITION NEWS
Over the past 10 years you might have met Rangan Chatterjee on our Academy ski courses in Verbier or Japan. He’s been using the Academy method for many years and is now a very accomplished skier. He spends a lot of his skiing during the winter season in Chamonix and actually plays in an apres ski band there.
Dr Chatterjee practices as a doctor in the UK but not a typical one! He’s an advocate that lifestyle and nutrition are first line medicine and the cornerstone of good health. His approach combines the best of nutritional science, conventional medicine and advanced diagnostics to find the root cause of illness. He works with a wide range of people, from those who have specific health conditions to those who simply wish to optimise their health and performance.
HIS STORY WITH THE ACADEMY
In Autumn 2014, Warren and Rangan got together to chat about nutrition in skiing and what goes on during a typical day on the mountain. This was with a view to offering better knowledge to be passed on to Academy members and lining up Rangan to be part of the Academy’s ‘Ski Fitness’ team. What came out of the meeting was a lot more than basic nutrition information and a huge eye opener for Warren personally and the Academy. We wanted to get the low down from Rangan on advising our clients with the best possible diet for skiing and things to look out for regarding Academy members performance and general safety throughout a typical skiing. Rangan gave us good pointers which we will be passing on to you all through Rangan’s page that will appear on our new website. In terms of maximising the performance level of our skiing as coaches, Rangan’s started out doing a more in-depth analysis with Warren in the form or an depth nutrition evaluation backed up with some of the most advanced blood testing available globally (Genova Diagnostics) to identify any areas of imbalance and deficiency. The evaluation was that Warren was taking in too much sugar over a typical day and having too many dips in energy. Not ideal when you’re up at several thousand meters above sea level for most of the day.
Rangan developed a nutrition plan with Warren to have more consistent fuel burning sources rather than the quick sugar fixes he was relying upon. He also recommended a personalised plan of supplementation. It took a few weeks for Warren to come off the sugar but once he did and with an improvement in other aspects of his diet, his energy, alertness and performance throughout the day dramatically improved. This had a welcome crossover into Warren’s life when he was not on the mountain skiing or coaching.
VITAMIN D – A SUNNY SURPRISE
Dr Chatterjee also assessed the amount of time Warren was spending in the sun with respect to his Vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is a critical vitamin which we mostly get from sunlight exposure on our skin. Although Warren was spending lots of time in the sun, his ski clothing as well as high factor sun block was preventing any of that sunlight getting through and making Vitamin D in his body. This was confirmed on advanced blood testing which showed Warren’s levels were very low. Optimum Vitamin D levels in the body are critical for many different things including immune system functioning, enhanced sports performance and power as well as bone health. Warren required high dose supplementation to correct these levels but longer term Rangan has advised him to avoid putting sun cream on until he is up on the mountain. He was keen to emphasise that Warren should not burn in the sun but that 10-15 minutes direct skin exposure without any suncream on would have multiple health benefits for him.
ACCESS DOCTOR CHATTERJEE THROUGH THE ACADEMY
Dr Chatterjee will be appearing on our Academy website as part of the team over the coming week. You’ll also see him on TV in September where he features in a new prime health show helping people in a similar way to how he helped Warren. We’ll let you know more details nearer the time. If you’d like to get in touch to ask him questions or to set up a consultancy with him write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Look out for health and nutritional tips and pointers from him over the coming weeks. For more info please visit http://www.drchatterjee.co.uk/