Your Quick Guide to Training Supplements
The weird and wonderful world of supplements can be intimidating and downright confusing for people who are new to nutrition and training. So we put this quick guide together for any beginners out there who are interested in supplements but don’t know where to start.
First things first – supplements are not a replacement for real food and proper nutrition. They are intended to complement your diet and help fill nutrient gaps, ensuring your body has what it needs for optimal performance, which will help you hit your fitness goals faster.
It goes without saying – you should always know what you’re putting in your body. In other words, if you don’t understand it don’t use it. Below are our top 5 choices for building a strong supplement foundation.
Whey, casein and milk-based protein powders are the best parts of milk without the carbs and fats. They allow you to up your protein intake without vastly increasing your intake of the other macronutrients (carbs and fats).
Protein powders can help boost athletic performance, improve muscle tone and increase overall health. They’re a simple and convenient way of increasing your daily protein levels and they will not turn you into the Hulk. It’s just food, similar to you eating an extra chicken breast or tin of tuna per day.
If you’re not eating oily and fatty fish – like salmon or anchovies – at least twice a week, then you should consider supplementing this nutrient gap with fish oil. Fish oils are a great source of the heart healthy EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids. EPA and DHA also help support flexible cell membranes.
Probiotics are live bacteria that help support a healthy digestive system, which is important to overall health.† They are often referred to as “good” or “beneficial” bacteria based on their beneficial activity in the body. They naturally exist in cultured or fermented foods such as yogurt and certain cheeses. Dietary supplements containing live probiotics are a way to help support regularity and healthy digestive balance
Probiotics are live bacteria that help support a healthy digestive system – essential for overall health. They’re often referred to as ‘good bacteria’ based on their beneficial activity in the body. You’ll find plenty of this good bacteria in cultured and fermented foods like yoghurt and certain cheeses. If you don’t like cheese or yoghurt, stock up on dietary supplements containing live probiotics.
Even healthy diets contain nutrient gaps. Thankfully, you can count on a daily multivitamin to help fill in those gaps and provide your body with some valuable nutritional insurance. Gender and age-specific formulas make the right multivitamin choice for your specific needs even easier.
Magnesium helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis.
That’s it. Our top 5 choices for building a strong supplement foundation. Stock up on the above and help yourself take your training and health to the next level.