Supplements - first and foremost, do you need them?
As with most things in nutrition – it’s entirely dependent on an individual and their own personal situation, their health, their goals, their current diet, their lifestyle, so many things to consider!
What is important that you DO NOT supplement because you are lacking in an area that could be improved on by getting the basics in place.
If you aren’t eating an adequate amount and variety of fruit and vegetables every day, if you aren’t consuming an adequate amount of protein, if you aren’t getting enough fibre, enough sleep, enough water, a good balance of carbohydrates and fats, if you aren’t moving enough and well, if you aren’t managing your stress then forget supplements and work on these things instead – you’re wasting your money when you haven’t got these ‘non-negotiables’ in place. These are the things that will bring you real progress. Our fabulous team of members are getting after their non-negotiables this lockdown with a 20 day challenge where each and every one of these things are getting ticked off.
There are a couple of supplements that I’d recommend to almost anyone, vitamin D as an example, BUT supplements should NOT be a replacement for a poor diet and lifestyle.
There are very few performance enhancing supplements in reality
The most common benefit to supplement use would be correcting deficiencies
Very few supplements actually work for ordinary fit and healthy people
Mega dosing supplements is rarely effective
There are many financial incentives for production companies and the like in the supplement industry meaning that there are many myths that go around.
The take home from all this - be careful of the claims surrounding supplements, if it seems too good to be true then it's likely that it is!
As ever, any questions or any specific supplements you’d like us to cover from a scientific and research based perspective – just shout!