It’s time for the final installment of the 500 Word Welcome Series. Today we are focusing on supplementation. Let’s build that foundation of knowledge.
Are Supplements Required
No, supplements are not required. Supplements are useful to fill macro and micronutrient gaps that your diet does not cover. Ideally you would get all your daily-recommended amounts of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fatty acids from whole foods. Most people’s diets, or the activity levels they participate in, make meeting these requirements impossible. That is when supplements do become a requirement.
Since supplementing is unique for each individual, supplements that are “key” for one person may not be required for another person. As an example, someone who eats a fatty fish, such as salmon, every day will not require supplementing with fish oil. That being said, here is a list of supplements that most people should consider adding to their daily routine.
Multivitamin – This is the all-encompassing insurance policy of supplements. This covers mostly all the vitamins and minerals your body requires. For the price, this is a must for everyone.
Fish Oil – Most people can benefit from supplementing with additional Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are considered essential fatty acids (“EFAs”), which means they cannot be created by the body and must be attained through diet or supplements. The average person does not eat enough fish and the benefits of these fatty acids on your body are too great to ignore.
Fiber – Fiber isn’t just for senior citizens looking to unbind their bowels. Fiber helps with weight management and mitigates the risk of numerous diseases/health ailments. If you are one to pass over vegetables, legumes, or whole grain sources of food, consider supplementing with additional fiber.
Amino Acids – Amino acids make up protein and are the building blocks of muscle. Additional lean muscle mass is ideal for EVERYONE. There are such things as essential amino acids (“EAAs”) that are similar to EFAs in regards to only being attainable through diet or supplementation.
Calcium – This is so important, especially for the females. Calcium keeps your bones strong and body functioning ideally.
Pre-workouts are often the first supplement people are exposed to. While they can be helpful, there are many misconceptions around them.
- They will not make you bigger or stronger. They will give you energy to workout harder and longer.
- Pre-workouts are not just for men who body build but rather everyone.
- They are not just for working out. They are ideal for anytime you need a shot of energy.
Taking your basic supplements daily is safe. The exception is when you get into pro-hormones and other supplements on the “grey-market.” If you question any ingredient on the bottle, don’t hesitate to reach out to CE for advice.
There it is, the basics to supplementation. When you are ready to learn more and further your development, check out our free Supplement Crash Course. Be elite.
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