Beginners Guide to Supplements
world is fast paced, stressful, and full of obstacles to better
health and well being, and many people struggle with obesity and
stress induced health issues. Fear not! Through better diet, exercise
and supplementation healthy goals can be achievable for everyday
people, and it may be easier than you think.
are so many choices for nutritional supplementation today that it can
be easy to get overwhelmed and make some poor decisions, so let
simplify things and identify some popular supplement categories:
a general catch-all vitamin and mineral support. These come in
tablets or capsules and are typically taken one or more times per
day. They attempt to fortify inadequate nutrition by supplying
additional amounts of vitamins and minerals for the body to use to
remain healthy. Always a good idea, regardless of your situation.
powders: used to bolster
protein intake, which is typically sub optimal for recovery. The
body uses protein to rebuild muscles when they are damaged from
exercise, if protein is lacking then it can take many days longer to
heal, leaving you feeling sore and frustrated. Upping your protein
intake be 50 to 100gms per day is simple using protein powder to
make daily shakes, and can dramatically improve muscle tone and
recovery speed, as well as increase fat metabolism.
gainers: this category is
comprised of powders that contain a high caloric content.
These powders are mostly sugar in different forms, along with some
protein. Ment to be taken in between meals to add extra calories,
these shake are usually so calorically dense they leave the user
feeling “full” for hours and missing real meals. These products
can be generally disregarded as unuseful.
workout supplements: these
supplements are usually powdered concentrates taken an hour or so
before training, and are meant to stimulate a longer and more
effective workout. These powders contain high doses of stimulants
along with sugar, and are very effective for training, however,
users report some jitteryness, loss of appetite and sleeplessness
as side effects. While these products are effective, make sure to
weight the benefits before use.
workout supplements: these
are usually powders that contain some amount of fast assimilating
protein with a form of carbohydrate in ratio that the manufacturer
feels is “optimal” for recovery. The reason this market exists
is to take advantage of a small window of opportunity after a
workout when the body needs to be refueled quickly for better
recovery-- Yes, you could just eat a meal, but that isn’t very
Hormonal Support: this
group of supplements is intended to help manipulate the body's own
hormone production to aid in a variety of ways. Testosterone
boosters, Estrogen blockers, and cortisol blockers fall into this
category. Men who would like to bolster libido, strength and stamina
are likely users of natural testosterone boosters. Fat loss, stamina
increases and mood improvement are results achieved be men and women
using cortisol blockers. Natural hormonal support products are
becoming increasing popular for those who want to achieve maximal
results from there fitness and nutritional goals.