You’re ready to make some serious health changes in your life. You’ve started going to the gym and have started changing your diet. Yet you are not seeing the fast results that you would like and have considered taking supplements. You aren’t sure where to start and have a lot of questions. Luckily we have some answers to some of the questions you might have.
Here is some of our favorite advice on supplements, be sure to read it before you end up spending a lot of money on products you don’t need!
A quick note about supplements. Unless you have a disease or illness, a nutritional/food problem you don’t NEED supplements. They can be helpful for people who have food difficulties but you can get all the nutrients you need from a healthy diet.
1. Don’t Take Cocktail Supplements Or Weight Loss Pills
The supplement industry offers a lot of options and some of them are not worth the effort or the time. A major seller that offers little no benefit are what we call “cocktail supplements”. You probably know what we are talking about, they are the supplements that claim to give you amazing and fast results. They also usually have exclamation marks, include letters such as X, Y or Z in their name.
Avoid weight loss and water pills at all costs. No really. They will not offer you any benefits that are good for your overall health and well-being. These pills seem to work fast, after you take them you may see results for a day or two. After the first couple of days you won’t see anymore results so you end up taking them again, and again, and again. It isn’t worth the vicious cycle and you should probably stick to basic individual supplements that don’t offer crazy claims.
2. Consider a Multivitamin, Fish Oil and Vitamin D
Just because some supplements aren’t beneficial doesn’t mean you have to toss out all of your supplements and vitamins. You can keep your multivitamin but make sure you have a high quality vitamin. You want to avoid vitamins that have soy or “other ingredients”. Consider the serving size, the amount of calcium, iodine and magnesium.
Fish Oil is another supplement that you may want to consider adding to your fitness routine. IT has been known to help fight inflammation and help keep your brain healthy.
Vitamin D is a great supplement to take if you don’t get out in the sun a lot or if you don’t consume any dairy.
3. Adjust Your Supplements According To Your Fitness Goals
If you are trying to increase your endurance or build muscle, there are other supplements that help aid that process such as caffeine and creatine. You may also want to consider adjusting your diet and nutritional intake to get the nutrients you need. Instead of taking a fiber pill, add fiber to your diet with whole grains and vegetables.
You may still have additional questions or want to know what supplements you should be taking to reach your health goals. We are here to help you so give us a call and set up an appointment to further discuss any questions or concerns you have!