There is always the age old argument of whether supplements are truly necessary as part of any fitness routines. It is important to get your basic nutrition as close to perfect as you can before considering any supplements. very few people have a diet that is varied and consistent enough to give you all the vitamins and minerals you need. In this fast paced world, it is hard to be “nutritionally correct” every day. So I conclude that some supplemental help is needed, especially for beginners.
The next question could be “are supplements safe’? The short answer is yes as long as they are “dietary” supplements which are basically food. I would never propose or condone anybody taking illegal or dangerous supplements such as steroids or banned and diet pills.
Also, to clarify, whole foods are better for getting your vitamin and mineral needs than a pill, but it isn’t always possible to do that. Again,I am a proponent of food supplements. Getting the right vitamins and minerals is critical to your fitness workouts. Without them, you are, basically, almost wasting your time and energy. Here we go with the critical supplements:
1. Multi Vitamins: Duh These will specifically cover any lack in your diet. Get a very good name brand such as One-A-Day or whatever. The best part of a multi vitamin is it will fill any hole in your diet.
2. Glutamine which is an amino acid. Foods that Glutamine are found in are beans, cabbage, spinach(yuk), milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, beef, and more. Glutamine is obviously easy to get from foods but are you getting enough? Glutamine is chiefly responsible for strength and stamina in your body and gets depleted quite a bit during a workout. You NEED to get the levels back up.
3. Protein – Specifically whey protein. Whey protein is the best protein because it absorbs the fastest in the body. It can be found in chicken breast, egg whites,milk, some breads, ice cream, etc. You would have to eat an awful lot of these foods to keep your protein up for workouts. This is probably the one supplement that makes the MOST sense to take.
4. Fish oil – This is a major source of fatty acids. Fatty acids are essential in any fitness program. I take fish oil because I can’t stand to eat fish. I have no choice but to take fish oil capsules.
5. Creatine – Creatine is a big help in your bodies recovery from a workout. It is also very beneficial for endurance. This can help you do longer and stronger workouts. Note: Creatine is not steroids like some people commonly believe. Creatine is found mostly in red meats, some fish like tuna or sushi(double yuk), and in lesser amounts, milk and some berries.
That is it for today. Look for more articles on nutrition and fitness workouts in the future.
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