“Should I take supplements?”
It’s easily one of the most common questions I’ve been asked during the past 10 years, as supplements transformed from a niche market into a perceived quick fix for everything from fat loss to increasing your strength. It is a good question and one that has two completely different answers depending on the person asking it.
To determine whether or not you are a candidate for supplementation you have to start with your experience level and current condition. If you are planning to bulk up, and just starting out and are relegated to lifting 5 pound dumbbells for most of your exercises, you are likely not ready for supplements. You can gain far more benefits focusing on building up your strength and foundation while learning proper form and the best way to train than with stuffing your face with supplements.
The same can be said if you have allowed your diet and nutrition to put you grossly overweight. Supplements are not your savior. You first must figure out how to rededicate yourself to your nutrition so that you can lose enough weight to make supplements a viable part of the discussion once again to take you and your results to the next level.
Next you have to ask yourself if you are motivated enough to take supplements. Some people view supplementation as a way to be lax with the rest of their fitness and nutrition plan. They figure that as long as they are taking the supplements that they don’t have to worry much about everything else. Couldn’t be further from the truth. On the other hand, sometimes the act of supplementing makes you much more accountable for the rest of your actions. In this case, it can be a great advantage to helping you stay on track.
If stress is a big part of your life, be it from your work or family, supplements can become even more necessary to help keep you on track and combat that. We all know that proper nutrition and fueling can go a long way towards helping your body fight fatigue and breakdown. If stress is heavy in your life then you would particularly want to look into supplements to help keep you healthy and consistent with your nutrition in the face of schedule disruption.
While a balanced diet should provide our complete vitamin quota, nutritionists argue that modern life often leaves us depleted. Intensive agriculture, fast-growth crops and food processing means our food is significantly lower in minerals and vitamins than it used to be. Meanwhile, high-speed lifestyles leave many people gulping down pre-made meals and grabbing a coffee – not a recipe for nutritional balance. To make up the vitamin shortfall, a multivitamin or supplement is the obvious answer.
What are the best ways of getting vitamins?
‘A varied diet including fresh fruit and vegetables, wholegrain, meat, fish pulses and eggs should contain enough vitamins for health,’ says Helena Gibson-Moore of the British Nutrition Foundation.
If your diet falls short of this, or you are busy, stressed, pregnant or breastfeeding or are struggling with illness, consider taking a supplement but make sure it is non-synthetic and food grade. Superfood supplements from nutrient-rich natural sources provide a range of vitamins in their natural form, which are easy for the body to absorb. For an all-round nutritional boost, I recommend supplementing daily with Natural Healthy Concepts Products.
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