I often get asked which supplements I take.
Supplements should be just that, a way to “supplement” any deficits in minerals and vitamins that you may not be obtaining from your diet. Your goal should be to eat a variety of healthy and nutritious foods to obtain the majority of your minerals and vitamins naturally, and use supplements sparingly to fill the gap in areas you may be lacking.
I want to point out that I am not a sponsored athlete and that is the main reason for not talking about specific brands. As much as I would like to, I have decided not to endorse any supplement brands on my site at this time. The only way to find out if a supplement works for you is to try it. Seek out a brand you like and do your research. We are all different and what may work for one person might not work for another. With that said here is a list of the supplements I typically include in my diet:
Multi Vitamin – Being difficient in any one of the essential vitamins your body requires will hinder the efficiency of chemical reactions in the body, such as the breakdown and digestion of proteins.
Calcium – Calcium is essential to maintaining total body health. Your body needs it every day not just to keep your bones and teeth strong over your lifetime, but to ensure proper functioning of muscles and nerves.
Vit D – Encourages the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorous thus helping to form and maintain strong bones.
Omega3′s fish oil pills – Fish oils is one of the few substances known to lower concentrations of triglycerides (fatty substances) that pose a cardiovascular risk, in the blood. They can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
BCAA’s – Essential amino acids are the building blocks for healthy muscles, skin, nails and other body tissues.
L-Glutamine – Can minimize breakdown of muscle and improve protein metabolism, and help in muscle recovery.
Whey protein powder – Whey is an abundant source of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), which are used to fuel working muscles and stimulate protein synthesis.
Casein protein powder – Casein protein is a slow digestive protein usually taken before bedtime to prevent catabolism while you sleep.
A pre-workout energy drink – Can provide energy and nutrients designed to enhance endurance, strength and the pump achieved during a workout.
Good luck in your search for the right supplements for you:)
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