The Canine Vs. Human Endurance Condition

I recently posted a link in which the pentagon was found privately funding research teams to explore the aerobic condition of sled dogs.  An ex Navy SEAL/ now Ultra Runner friend of mine just recently contacted the lead scientist on this research program about the VO2 max and Mitochondrial Energy Production findings. His discussion raised questions about the probability and or possibilities to physically increase your own condition by implementing a diet consistent with sled dog diet during the work up to long races such as the Adirondack, where dogs are running sub 4 minute miles for 60-70 miles.

On the “Canine Diet” the dogs Mitochondrial Energy Production (MEP) goes through the roof, What does a human need to eat to increase their own MEP?

Focus on a diet that holds the biofactors that enhance mitochondrial function and production

resveratrol, quercetin, procyanidins, catechins, hydroxytyrosol and pyrroloquinoline quinone

MEP foods

Here are things to boost and protect your mitochondrial

Exercise—interval training increases the efficiency and function of the mitochondria and strength training increases the amount of muscle and number of mitochondria.
Eat whole real, colorful plant food—8-12 servings of fresh vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, seeds, and whole grains every day, they are full of antioxidants and phytonutrients.
Take mitochondria protective and energy boosting nutrients such as acetyl-L-carnitine, alpha lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10, n-acetyl-cysteine, NADH, D-ribose, resveratrol, and magnesium aspartate.
Increase omega-3 fats to help build your mitochondrial membranes.

Don’t Get Older, Get Better |make a batch of bone broth

My training partner Rich Aiery calls bone broth the “elixir of life”, and during the cold and flu season swears it fends off the seasonal virus’s. Our Friend Nik Hawks, owner of was kind enough to share their bone broth recipe

Ingredients assembled to make about 4 quarts of beef bone broth:

2 carrots, chopped medium
2 celery stalks, chopped medium
1 medium onion, chopped medium
7 garlic cloves, smashed
3.5 lb of beef bones (from US Wellness Meats or your local farmer)
2 bay leaves
Kosher salt
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

*Please note how crucial it is to buy grassed beef bones when making bone broth

Bone broth has become a staple in the ultra endurance community, as well as on the crossfit scene.

Packing such a heaping nutritional punch for athletes, most importantly boosting the immune system and improving joint health and recovery.