So I commonly asked by my athletes that I treat about supplements. What supplements are good for you? What do I use? Do they really work? So I am by no way a Registered Dietitian or a Nutritionist. However, I am a certified athletic trainer and have completed extensive coursework on Sports Nutrition. So instead of me telling you what you should take in, I will utilize this time to let you know what supplements I use on a daily basis.
Vitamins, Vitamins, Vitamins we all are lacking in this area. I typically like to take in vitamins through food source but in reality I don’t get all that I need strictly from my food source. I like to take Centrum multivitamins. There are so many types of vitamins that are out there. I am a sucker to pills so I like my chewable gummies….Yeah don’t laugh at me but I love them. I typically take my vitamins first thing in the morning and is part of my morning regime. So why are vitamins so important? Vitamins is the substance needed to help your body grow and develop normally. Often times people are deficient in this area because of the way that they eat. In addition, you can eat very healthy diet and still be deficient in some of your vitamins and minerals.
So much talk about protein…So many different types of protein powders, drinks that you can take. First, I like to try to get all of my protein source from plant based or fish. I am a pescatarian so I primarily get my protein source from fish or plant based. In determining what type of protein powder you should buy you must first know what you are wanting to gain from taking in protein. Are you trying to just get in your daily amounts of protein? Are you trying to build muscle? Are you trying to lean out or develop lean muscle mass? If you are trying to build muscle then you want to get a protein that contains a good amount of whey protein. If you are trying to lean out or maintain then you can go with a protein based that doesn’t house as much whey protein. I use protein called Vega.. this fits within my daily eating and lifestyle. I like to have a protein that is more plant based so this is why I choose to have this type of protein
Amino Acids are building blocks of protein. They help to reduce inflammation, promote recovery and healing. Amino Acids can be found in different types of fruit such as: blueberries, strawberries…As I like to say everything berry. If you are working out especially training throughout the day, it is important to take in Amino Acids to help aid in a quicker recovery and also help decrease the chance of injury from occurring.
Is the most common amino acid found in your muscles – over 61% of skeletal muscle is Glutamine. Glutamine helps improve protein metabolism which is beneficial in muscle recovery and muscle building
While exercise can be great, nutrition is what is important. As the saying goes, “You are what you eat” If you want your body to perform a certain way you have to nourish the body. If you are wanting to get rid of toxins then you need to not put toxins in your body. If you wanting to increase metabolism then you need to intake foods that will have increase your metabolic rate. So don’t forget about your nutrition. Also realize that many of these nutrients can be ingested from foods. So start out with the food source first then if you are still not getting enough you can research the different supplements and powders that are out there.
Happy eating (healthy that is)