Friday, April 30, 2010
A Few Thoughts About Supplements
So now your thinking, man this guy must really hate supplements and have a problem with the supplement industry. Well if your thinking that, you couldn't be more wrong. I love supplements! Love, love, love them! I take no less than 6-8 supplements on any given day (everything from multi vitamins, protein powders, to glutamine and pre workouts).
So whats with my ranting and raving? Maybe I was just bored and need something to talk about.........ummmm no. It's called I have a problem with the misuse and misrepresentation of supplements.
Dietary supplement- "a product taken orally that contains one or more ingredients (as vitamins or amino acids) that are intended to supplement one's diet and are not considered food" (source- http://www.merriam-webster.com/)
Did you catch that??? ".....intended to supplement one's diet and are not considered food" So that means you still have to eat the right foods and do all the other things your suppose to in life to be healthy and fit (like exercising, getting plenty of sleep, manage time and stress levels,etc), and yes supplements can help along the way.
So let me make sure I am clear. Supplements are intended to supplement a healthy diet of lean protein, fresh fruits and veggies, and healthy carb choices. Oh and don't forget the whole daily exercise things. See that's not so hard to understand!
Supplements can be a great benefit to peoples health and well being, not to mention play a critical role in helping athletes reach their fitness and performance goals. Just remember no supplement will take the place of hard work or healthy eating, but they can help you gain the edge that you need, train harder, recover faster, and promote over all good health.