Immufix Immune Support

Immufix, previously known as Breakthrough, was developed for Sir Ranulph Fiennes to boost his immune system and energy levels and was later used by Paula Radcliffe who called it her ‘key prop’ during her tremendously successful career.

Immufix is a powerful high-dose complete food supplement in powder form made with high concentrations of nutrients that help to maintain a healthy and strong immune system. It contains vitamins, minerals and supplements to ensure optimal function of the body and the immune system.

Today it is the basis of each one of the athletes and professional adventurer we look after. A must for anyone who is involved in sports and expeditions on a professional level.

If you want to discuss how to incorporate Immufix into your routine, our experts are always on hand to help. Email us at info@bewellexpeditionfoods.com or phone 01778 560868

Nepalese Sherpa’s Physiology Gives them Altitude Advantages

A new study shows that the physiological makeup of Sherpas in Nepal actually gives them a huge advantage over anyone else attempting to summit mountains at high altitudes. It’s long been suspected that populations of people who live in the mountains must have a different genetic makeup to be able to cope with the changing air supply, especially those who live in the Himalayas.

The study found that Sherpas have thinner blood meaning they have a reduced capacity for oxygen and that the blood flows easier and puts less strain on the heart. While the European researchers and the Sherpas were in the mountains, they also tested fresh muscle tissue. The tests showed that “the Sherpas’ tissue was able to make much better use of oxygen by limiting the amount of body fat burned and maximising the glucose consumption. In other words, by preferentially burning body sugar rather than body fat, the Sherpas can get more calories per unit of oxygen breathed.”

When more tests were carried out in Cambridge a genetic variation was discovered. The Sherpas had a gene that altered the way fats are burned. Even more interesting, all of the Sherpas carried the glucose-favouring variant of the gene and yet almost none of the lowland volunteers participating in the study did. While the gene gives them a definite advantage, other factors such as a richer capillary network to improve blood flow are present and helps them cope with high altitudes.

More details and the full study can be found here.

Giving talks on Expedition Food

Last week we went to Caistor Grammar School to talk to their Duke of Edinburgh Award’s Scheme Gold about expedition food. How best to use expedition food and what sorts of things you should be packing for your expeditions to ensure you’re getting the best nutrition and energy possible.

If you’d like us to give any presentations for your organisation, contact us and we will see what we can do to arrange it!

Natalie Thomas and the Me-Mover Challenge

Natalie Thomas is a British elite triathlete participating in a unique new challenge. She is riding a Me-Mover FIT 1800 km across Europe to not only show how fun being fit and active can be, but to raise money for Diabetes UK and the Danish Diabetes Association. What is a Me-Mover you may be asking? It looks similar to a scooter, but is a more like a three wheeled bike that uses your stepping actions to propel it forward giving you an intense full body workout.

She is well on her way now, but started in Copenhagen, Denmark and is travelling through Northern Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, and will be finishing in Lausanne Switzerland. She is on her own, carrying her food and staying in hostels and B&B’s along the way.

As you can imagine, there isn’t a lot of space to store things on such a small bike! A huge benefit of our low weight, smaller sized packs is that you can fit more food in and get more energy to fuel you on your journey. Natalie has packed and is eating our freeze dried main meals at the end of her days so she can get more Kcals, carbs and more in while not sacrificing a lot of space in her packs on the Me-Mover.

To follow along on Natalie’s challenge or to donate follow along on her twitter account
@Natalie_Thomas_

For help with nutrition on your own adventure, contact us for a personalised nutrition plan.

Karma Sherpa’s Recent Everest Trip

EBC 2Karma foodKarma enjoying our Spaghetti Carbonara while on a break in his tent. Karma pic Karma 3

Here are a few of the latest photos from Karma Sherpa’s most recent everest trip. He has been making his way back down, there was no summit this time. One of his clients had a problem and Karma had to bring him down. They were not that far from the top, but the top is only halfway, something that is forgotten by many that give everything to get to the top, and dont have enough energy left to get back down.

Hiring an experienced guide is crucial to safety when attempting to summit Everest, and every precaution is taken to ensure everyone is able to safely get up the mountain and back down. It’s no small feat, a big well done to everyone who went on this trip!

As well as being an experienced Everest guide, Karma is the chairman of Sherpa Healthcare, an organisation who’s aim is to provide medical care and resources to remote villages in Sotang-6, Solukhumbu Nepal.

Everest Base Camp

EBC 2 EBCThese photos were taken today at Everest Base Camp (EBC) on Karma Sherpa and his client’s trip to the summit of Everest.

Climbers typically stop off and rest at EBC for several days in order to acclimatise to the weather and altitude to reduce the risks of altitude sickness. Supplies are brought to the North and South base camps by Sherpas often with the help of animals as there is limited to no road access, especially during the winter months.

Karma Sherpa on His Way to Everest

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Karma Sherpa has just set off on his way to Everest Base Camp to start preparing for his latest trip to the top of Everest with his client. If successful, this will be his 6th time to the top!

He is currently in the famous village of Namche Bazaar at 3440 metres, about 10 days on foot from the nearest road at Jiri, and a 2 to 3 day walk from the mountain airport of Lukla. It’s a great place with a German Bakery, and many other places to eat, and the post box at the postal house is a paint tin nailed to a tree on the edge of the village. Heading higher past the famous monastery at Tenbouche and 3867 metres, before going to Dingbouche is a tiny house that makes the best chocolate cake in the world at 4412 metres (when they have ingredients, if they run out, it is a 5 day return trek to get more!).

Everest base camp is at 5360 metres. Karmas team have been there a week getting the Base camp ready. Life at base camp is probably better than you think, with Satellite communications, WiFi, good food in the tents, at this stage weight is not an issue, as porters carry what ever is needed.

When they start their trek however, having low weight compact food is a must, so they are taking with them many of BeWell’s ready to eat and freeze dried meals. Giving them the lowest weight but full of the calories they need to keep their energy levels up to complete their journey.

We will keep updating on their progress as we know more.

Why Choose Freeze Dried Food

freeze driedUnlike some other methods, freeze dried food retains it’s shape and tastes just as fresh when rehydrated. The freeze drying process removes around 98% of the water from the food, but not the great fresh taste or vitamins and nutrients. Opposed to frozen or dehydrated food, freeze dried food removes only the water content, leaving you with great tasting food once you’ve added water back to it.

There are many benefits of choosing freeze dried meals which include;

  • Weight – They are much lighter to pack when you are traveling. Since they are such low weight and a smaller size, they are easy to toss into packs for hiking, camping etc.
  • Long Lasting – They have a long shelf life. As the water content has been removed and the food is stored in airtight and moisture-proof packaging, it can be stored for months, and sometimes even years without spoiling.
  • Easy Storage – Freeze dried meals can be stored almost anywhere. As freeze dried meal packs only need to be stored at room temperature, you can store them virtually anywhere for a ready meal when you need it. Make sure they are stored in a cool dry place away from moisture and sunlight to keep them at their best.
  • Variety – They don’t just stop at main meals! We offer a range of meaty and vegetarian main meals, along with breakfast options and even dessert. So you can have a three course meal throw in your pack or waiting for you at your cabin in the woods. Not only that, we also offer bulk packaging, so that you can dish out portions and take as much or as little as you’d like or is great to take for a quick meal for groups of people.

Exercise Can Help You Sleep

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freeimages.com/Ben Johnson

If you are feeling tired and sluggish during the day or have trouble sleeping at night, exercise might be the answer! 

According to The National Sleep Foundation, “150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a week, which is the national guideline, provided a 65 percent improvement in sleep quality. People also said they felt less sleepy during the day, compared to those with less physical activity.” Meeting your workout times may seem difficult because you are feeling tired, but the health benefits in the long term are worth pushing yourself to do some sort of physical activity, even if it’s going for a walk a few times a week.

Timing your workouts can make all the difference to your sleep patterns. A good workout first thing in the morning can help you feel more alert and ready to tackle the day as well as increasing your metabolism. Working out late at night right before going to bed can lead to poor sleep, so it’s recommended to complete exercise at least three hours before heading to bed, allowing your body temperature to cool down. Your diet plays a big part in this as well, sugary foods will give you energy for a short time but then you’ll come crashing down. Studies found that people who exercised more, also had the knock on effect of eating healthier as well to contribute to their overall health.

If you regularly do outside activities or workouts in the sun, the light exposure can actually have a positive effect on your sleep patterns. The light helps regulate your bodies rhythm helping you to get a better nights sleep. This is why often times campers who wake with the sun and go to sleep a bit after it sets will feel more energised for their activities and sleep really soundly.

To get the best results it’s good to switch up your exercise routines to keep both your body and mind stimulated. This not only helps work different muscles and parts of your body, but the constant change keeps you from getting bored and not wanting to exercise, as well as challenging your mind. Stimulating your mind is as important as physical exercise as boredom can cause anxiety and stress which then leads to sleeping problems.

So if you are having problems sleeping, or feeling a lack of energy throughout your day, try adding in different workouts and change up your routines to add mental stimulation. Get your body and mind working and break to break the monotony, and feel the benefits.

Nutrition For Your Next Ultra

Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 11.53.39It’s that time of year where you start to get really serious about your marathon training and also, begin to stock up on supplies. MDS (Marathon des Sables), the original and often touted ‘toughest footrace’ is in just a few months. It’s important to be prepared, and we can help.

We’ve put together multi-stage food and nutrition packs that are perfect for those taking part in Ultra events like MDS, Fire & Ice Ultra or other multi-stage events. We’ve also worked with Mohammed Ahansal, 6 times Marathon des Sables winner, and winner of several other Ultras, to create both vegetarian and meaty nutrition packs. He knows what it takes to keep you fuelled and energised for these tough events. With the highest energy, lowest weight, and most compact sizes, our food is perfect to fill your pack with.

While your stocking up on your nutrition, don’t forget your blister prevention and treatment products too. The vast majority of competitors will suffer with blisters, and you don’t want that to stop you finishing in the best time possible.