With so many supplements around it can be a little bit overwhelming what when to buy and take. The first thing with supplements is in the word - supplement! If you aren't nourishing your body, eating towards your goals and moving and resting your body as it needs, supplements won't get you to where you wanna be.
So firstly put in the work.
Secondly what you should be taken is ultimately up to you, your body and your goals.
Supplements can be an incredible addition to your diet. With the emphasis on ADDITION! Firstly focus on your nutrition, before hitting the sup store. Now they can certainly enhance physical performance, speed up recovery and improve mental capacity and wellbeing among many other things! and one of those is leave a big dent in your wallet.
I will share with you today what supplements I use with myself and clients, covering all bases, without having to declare bankruptcy.
I take it every single day. Our soil and food is so deficient in the important mineral. It plays a role in over 300 enzymatic reactions within the body, including the metabolism of food, synthesis of fatty acids and proteins, and the transmission of nerve impulses. From bone health to calcium absorption, it doesn't matter if you are training or not - magnesium is one of the most top supps most human beings should be on!
If you are deficient in zinc, your body isn't able to absorb magnesium as well. It is as well a trace element that is necessary for a healthy immune system. A lack of zinc can make a person more susceptible to disease and illness.
Fish oil assists with fat loss, muscle gain, skin health, lowering blood pressure, treating heart disease, fertility, health and wellbeing, mental health and digestion.
When consuming fish oil, we are benefiting from the EicosaPentaenoic Acid (EPA) and DocosaHexaenoic Acid (DHA).
These are the two acids responsible for a vast range of health benefits. When combined, you should aim to consume roughly 2-3 grams of EPA and DHA.
I personally don't use it daily, but many of my clients do, as they struggle to hit their daily recommend protein targets through food alone. It is essential to anyone’s diet. Doesn't matter if you train or don't train. But if you are hitting the weights in the gym it is even more important to consume an adequate amount of protein. Without protein, we hinder the formation of enzymes and hormones in the body. It also helps build lean muscle, improves our immunity, boosts our energy levels and assists in building and repairing tissue.
Anti-inflammatory supplements containing curcumin and turmeric
With clients that suffer from arthritis, sore joints and migraines I like supplementing a good quality natural anti-inflammatory supplement.
Scientists now believe that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic, Western disease. This includes heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer's and various degenerative conditions. Therefore, anything that can help fight chronic inflammation is of potential importance in preventing and even treating these diseases.
Curcumin is strongly anti-inflammatory. In fact, it’s so powerful that it matches the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs, without the side effects. I personally use it instead of painkillers, when I am experiencing headaches, I am sick or when I am pushing my training hard and my joints are getting sore.
Multivitamins & Minerals
I like using natural things such as ARMAFORCE from Bioceuticals, when I feel run down, or my body is fighting of a virus. It gives it that little bit of a boost and I have been recovering very quick from illness using this supp, which has herbal and nutritional ingredients andropgraphis, echinacea, olive leaf, vitamins C and zinc.
Depending on your blood panel (which is always worth testing) you may benefit from vitamin d or other minerals your body isn't able to derive from foods.
I love using branch chain amino acids especially after heavy and intense weight sessions in the gym. I make them into a slushy and it feels like a treat sipping away on my way from training.
There are 3 of 8 branch chain amino acids found in BCAA’s that cannot be created in the body and need to be consumed either through food or as a supplement.
These are Valine, Leucine and Iso-leucine. BCAA’s post-workout can help to recover faster and reduce soreness from the workout.