What a subject, sure to ruffle some feathers! Most respected fitness, exercise, bodybuilder and nutrition experts have one thing in common, they disagree with each other on the subject. Are supplements worthwhile, useful or even necessary at all. Some think that as long as you follow a healthy diet, vitamins and other healthy supplements are not necessary. Others see vitamins and the like as kind of an insurance policy for your health. And then there are the advocates of mega-vitamin supplementation.
My personal “opinion”, “attitude”, and “research” on this subject is that a healthy diet is always number #1 before any supplementation should be considered Kratom near me. And, your training program “intensity” can play a major role in your decision. Speaking from a personal point of view after 37 years of research, study, self experimentation on myself as well as clients and my personal need to “find the most effective” way to build muscle that will last a life-time have brought me to this conclusion. I do believe that at certain times in a person’s life-cycle, supplements can have considerable value to their overall health and well being. In fact, supplements are now taking the place of drugs in medical therapy and sometimes with greater effectiveness. But I have to be careful of how i say this because I don’t want to mislead you. Many “supplement-hucksters” are making claims that their “steroid replacers” are as effective as drugs (steroids) and that is not true. The product may help or it may not, it depends on many factors. The one point I want to make clear is that NO legal supplement will produce the same results as a DRUG or steroid. But… remember every drug has a know or unknown reaction to the body that is unhealthy. Even aspirin can upset and eventually cause damage to the stomach.!
Sure, some “nutraceauticals” are finding their place in medical circles. Niacin, Tryptophan and other amino acids as well as select herbal supplements and minerals are being prescribed. It’s also true that if your diet is not in order and you are deficient in some essential vitamin or mineral, the right supplement will produce and amazing change in your health. It has in mine. But again, I want to remind you that some of the marketing and down-right lies surrounding the supplement advertising make it confusing, hard to understand and costly for the average person.
However, there are a few basic benefits that almost everyone will experience with some of the old tried-and-true products. Sometimes the benefits cannot be felt as immediate as a drug but the health benefit is there if the supplement is natural and helping to build the body in a “healthy” process.
I am moderate in my supplementation and have experimented with a lot of supplements throughout my training career. I follow a healthy diet that has changed in the ratio of macro and micro nutrients as i age, and that is the way it should be. A person’s ability to assimilate and digest certain foods change as they age. I’ve experienced some amazing changes in my muscle building and strength performance with the use of specific healthy supplements. I’ve seen measurable increases in strength, muscle mass, muscle tone and recuperation time when i use specific supplements. When a person’s metabolism speeds up, the body is therefore able to burn an increased amount of calories and fat reserves are reduced. Also, the intervals in which a person eats are regulated according to the pace at which the body burns fat. This means that hunger pangs are reduced, and since the urge to overeat is not high, the body is able to make use of the exiting stores of calories to produce energy.
Speeding up metabolism is the only healthy way to lose weight, and foods rich in fiber take care of this task. Fiber also tends to absorb water. This causes a person to increase intake of liquids, and gives the feeling of being “full”. Thereby, cravings and binge eating are reduced.
Fiber supplements are supplements that are taken by people who are unable to get adequate amounts of fiber from their diet, or if a person suffers from certain bowel disorders such as Crohn’s Disease or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. While medical professionals usually prefer sufferers to consume foods naturally rich in fiber, some cases might warrant other supplements.
Natural sources of these supplements come from legumes, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Other than these, raspberries, whole wheat spaghetti, broccoli and oat bran are also rich in fiber. It is generally suggested that 30 grams of fiber supplements are required by men and 25 grams for women.
The most “in demand” supplement is psyllium husk, and this is found in products like Matamucil. This type of fiber supplement can ease diarrhea and constipation. In order to prevent bloating due to gas, some people prefer Citrucel, which is made from methylcellulose, basically derived out of the parts of plants that cannot be digested.
Recently, acacia, wheat dextrin and guar gum have also been used as supplements, which are available as pills as well as powders. While there is no indication that these supplements are harmful, the best choices are the dietary ones.