29 Jul Supplements, yes or no?
Well most of you know me pretty well. I don’t really endorse a lot of supplements for various reasons. That does not mean, though, that I myself am not taking any. I do take supplements, very few and very specific to my training needs. Your training might require different supplements or none at all.
Personally, I use some protein powder for my milk shakes in the morning, especially if I am in a hurry (I am always in a hurry). It seems to work great for me. Throw some fruits in there, some honey and milk and I am ready to roll. I supplement Magnesium as needed, Omega 3-6-9 fatty acids, as well as electrolytes and Hammer Gel on longer runs (15+ miles/run). I don’t take a Multi-Vitamin due to the fact that in recent years more and more studies show that uninhibited supplementation of vitamins can have negative effects on health. I use a recovery drink after my long endurance workouts if real food isn’t readily available.
Basically, what all this means is that supplements should supplement your diet, not replace a healthy balanced diet. They are no excuse to eat fast food and unhealthy crap.
Now that you have got your diet in order you can check and see what your needs are. Good people to talk to are your physician as well as certified nutrition counselors.
The place I go to is Max Muscle. The people there know their stuff and would never try to get you or anyone else to replace a healthy, balanced diet with a ton of supplements. They respect the fact that I am a minimalist. I feel taken care of and that is what matters most. Because I like them so much and I wanted to give them a chance to introduce themselves. Here they are: