How to Know Which Supplements Are Right For You

By Matt Hannon, Personal Trainer 
 
What is supplementation?

For as long as I can remember when some people hear the word "supplementation" they run for the hills. Over the years this one word has built up a lot of controversy and misunderstanding of its true purpose. So what does it mean?
The definition of supplementation is the addition of an extra amount to something. In the fitness industry this refers to making sure we have adequate amounts of nutrients going into the body to provide us with the abilities to complete the tasks and goals we set for ourselves. These can range from micro nutrients such as vitamins and minerals to macro nutrients like proteins, carbs and fats.

Why do I need to do this?

Many people ask why do they need to supplement anything. They eat healthy. They lift weights. They do cardio. So what and why do we need to add to that? The answer to that question comes in a few parts. The first is that in our daily lives the average human does not consume the right amount of nutrients needed. Many of us fall short on how many vegetables we eat or how much protein we consume just to name a few. This in turn prevents us from getting the amount of nutrients needed to live our daily lives. This can come from bad eating habits, busy life styles or just simply the dislike for certain foods. In this case adding in a multi-vitamin can get you to the daily amount of vitamin A, C, D etc. without running into any of the lifestyle situations we talked about. The second reason for supplementation is that many of you reading this are either working out or planning to start working out towards a goal. When you workout either as a beginner or an experienced athlete, your body needs additional nutrients to go through the workouts in which you do. If I make a fire and I want it to be hotter and last longer then I must add more wood. Same goes with your body. If we are going to put stress on our body beyond sitting at a desk from 9-5 or on the couch then we need to consume more than what we would if fully stationary.

Quality over Quantity
dotFITAs a culture we always look for the best deal and the biggest sale. The problem is sometimes we don't step back and wonder is this too good to be true? For example, many people buy organic. They will not eat anything else because with organic they know how it was farmed and what was added to it but yet the same person will walk into a store and grab whatever vitamin or protein they see that is on sale without researching it. We must have the same mentality with supplements as we do with food. We want the best quality micro and macro nutrients possible so our bodies will absorb and use them. Products such as dotFIT which are provided at your local Edge Fitness Clubs follow the NSF certification guidelines which make sure all of their products are free from contaminants, banned substances and that the label is 100% truth. 
In the end, we realize supplementation is there to help us. Adding key missing pieces will help keep our body's functioning to the best of their abilities so that way we can achieve what ever goals we set for ourselves. Be strong, be smart and be the best you can be!
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