Ekbal Mehra, the eldest son of Late Sh. Ranjit Mehra and Smt. Rama Mehra received this primary and secondary education at Mount St. Mary’s and Delhi Public School RK Puram, both in New Delhi, India. Henceforth, he left for University of Virginia in Charlottesville for his Engineering where he stood 6th of 18,000 students in the first year with a GPA of 3.9. After the first year, his keen interest in business and economics led him to transfer to The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where he graduated with a double major in Finance and Information Systems.
Always having a logic bent of mind and a determination to get to the bottom denominator, he pursued a short-lived career in consulting as he was destined to return back to India after the untimely demise of his father due to cancer. The last days of his father were spent in Philadelphia with his mother, his brothers and himself where after losing the battle due to debilitating and repeated chemotherapy, high dose vitamin supplementation and various functional medicine practices were applied at last resort. Working with the then acclaimed Functional Medicine Practitioners in the United States, his mother and he were initiated into the vast world of the healing power of potentiated herbs, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, colostrum, probiotics all encompassed by what is known as Functional and Integrative Medicine. These practitioners were as adept at using or prescribing some Yoga Asanas as they were in Massage Therapy or Energy Therapy and Nutraceuticals. His mother, a visionary, after taking some time to settle after her husband’s demise saw this as the way forward for the future of health. Ekbal, wholeheartedly partook in that vision and subscribes to the same vision.
A chance encounter with Yogi Bhajan recommended he change his name spelling from Iqbal to Ekbal. This also interested him and though he took it as a blessing from a master also studied numerology to understand the difference. At the time of building Ranjit’s SVAASA and using various eco-friendly techniques in the renovation, he also studies Vastu so that age-old science, modern eco-friendly techniques would both be applied in cohesion to renovate and restore his family’s 250-year-old mansion (Haveli). He has also met Sri Sri Ravishankar who visited Amritsar, as the first Art of Living Chapter was formed in Amritsar by his mother Mrs Rama Mehra. After returning to India from the United States, a variety of tasks were awaiting him. After sorting through with lawyers million-dollar real estate deals to extricate the family from its liens and debts, he entered two fields of work, development and trade in real estate and his first passion from his childhood and teenage days – HEALTH!
He was known throughout his school as the guy who works out and was diligent at the gym with a Herculean workout as mentioned by his trainer. Several people had influence in his early years and he studied body building books to get his exercises in, with concentration on innate strength first and then increases in weight. All this without any body building products of proteins, only very small intake of Amino Acid complexes on occasion. Food was used as his primary source for protein and energy by following the correct dietary practices and food combinations. This is because it was already evident that consuming cheap and bulk proteins led to hormonal imbalances in men, including bone loss and even cancer. This was rampant at the time and even till date where people do not know the dosage they need to take and the absorption characteristics of high dose proteins. Besides, the cheap quality of the proteins available, not knowing the right brands to trust or to buy was not helpful.
Today, he has after dealing with various international distribution contracts to import the highest quality nutraceuticals and organic cosmetics in India in the family’s first holistic nutrition retail store, he as applied all his knowledge into the creation of ‘Nature’s Digest’ which along with all the research and development has launched incredible, pure, organic, source to supplement products for everyone.
Nature’s Digest is the culmination and shall continue to evolve to encompass Nature’s Wisdom and its Grace into its products as well as philosophies that lead us to recognize our place in this world and our raison d’etre, our purpose or meaning behind our lives.
Health is Wealth and Knowledge is Power! His next passion, technology, where he truly believes that among the growth aspects are the Internet of Things and the continued ease of influence that technology has in our lives is the way forward to improve our living standards.
However, we cannot forget, that we are human beings, in need of the right food, the right nutrition, the right emotional guidance, the right physical exercise, the right spiritual direction and the right mental acuity all in the right proportion to live a fulfilling life!