For those of you who know me, or know me by reputation, you’ll already know I’m a fan of nutritional supplements. In fact, you can even access my supplement store directly from my website. However, I’m not here to sell you supplements today, or any day. I’m blogging today about the benefits of supplements and what they can do for you.
When most people think of supplements, they think of a multi-vitamin or calcium, because that’s what you see in advertisements. Unless you’re reading health, fitness or sports related magazines, ads for supplements are few and far between. And even then, most people wouldn’t know what to do with a supplement if it hit you over the head. Walk into any vitamin or supplement store and the choices are overwhelming; rows and rows of bottles with hard to pronounce names and even harder to understand labeling. I get it. It’s confusing. Unless you walk into a store or click on a website knowing exactly what you’re looking for, you’ll probably leave empty-handed. Throw in herbs and homeopathic remedies and your head may feel like it’s going to explode.
What Supplements Are For
Allow me to break it down as simply as possible. Supplements are designed to give your body the additional nutrients it needs to function properly. If you eat a healthy, well-balanced, nutritious meal your body is designed to absorb the vitamins, minerals, fats, carbs and protein from your food and process all of it, soaking up some and passing the rest out as waste. However, your body may not be getting all of the nutrients it needs, or it may pass more out as waste than what it can absorb. Additionally, for active, healthy individuals, who drink lots of water and sweat during and after a great workout, many nutrients are washed from the body before they can be processed.
This is where supplementation comes in. Supplements add the additional nutrients – vitamins, minerals, amino acids and more, that your body may, or may not be able to absorb through food alone. Have you ever heard of Essential Fatty Acids or Essential Amino Acids? These are nutrients your body needs, but aren’t actually found in any of the foods we eat. The same goes for Glucosamine, Chondroitin and assorted minerals. Without supplementation, your body doesn’t have the opportunity to profit from these incredibly beneficial nutrients.
Taking this a step further, many of my clients are amateur or professional athletes who push their bodies to the limits of endurance on a regular basis. They expend a lot of energy, burn a lot of calories and sweat. Food alone won’t rebuild their muscles and facilitate their quick recoveries. They need supplements to help rebuild muscle, cartilage, tendons and ligaments. They need supplements to add back potassium, magnesium and calcium that leeches out of their systems while working out. And they need additional proteins to support gaining muscle mass. You can eat all the nutritious foods you like, but your body still needs the additional help only supplements provide.
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