Supplementation is a big topic and due to the vast number of dietary supplements available on the market. A lot of people think that as soon as they start training, they need to start taking specific supplements as otherwise they won’t see the same progress. Is it true that we need to supplement, or can we achieve our goals without them?
A supplement, as the name suggests, is something that is added to something else to have more of it, to enhance it or to make it complete. They can be vitamins, minerals, proteins, amino acids etc and come in the form of a capsule, pill, powder or drink most of the times. Therefore, supplements are there to be taken if needed and if you’re lacking a specific nutrient in your diet. Our fist point of call to achieve our dietary requirements should always be from the food that we eat on a day to day basis; and that is why we should aim to eat fresh food and produce with different colours while avoiding processed food, as these often provide us with everything that we need. (If you have been prescribed specific supplements by your doctor please make sure to take them as prescribed).
If you are training for general health and fitness, you probably do not need to supplement your diet if you are eating well. If you are training for a specific event or you have increased your training by a noticeable amount or if you find that you are lacking in certain nutrients it might be worth giving supplements a go – saying that, do not try and start taking all the supplements that you know about at once. A few supplements that are worth taking and their benefits are described below:
To have a go at trying different supplements if you think you need them but make sure that you are getting as much nutrients, vitamins and minerals from the food in your diet as a primary source.