One of the most popular topics of discussion in the gym is supplements. They are more prevalent than ever and tend to boast amazing benefits, but what’s the truth?
Here’s my guide to how to incorporate supplements into your healthy lifestyle:
The first rule of supplements is to be mindful that they should be used to enhance, not replace, your diet. Often is seems that people use supplements instead of eating good foods – people take them to make up for poor food choices.
My advice to clients is to avoid supplements that over promise with claims like weight loss or increased energy. There are way to stimulate the body from eating real foods that don’t require additional supplements. To that point:
- Why take caffeine in a supplement when you can just drink coffee?
- Rather than a ‘fat burner’ just drink green tea and make sure you eat protein.
We do use protein powders at the gym as it’s easier to replenish your body in a liquid form. We only use organic vegan protein powders as it’s been better for our clients and their digestive issues. I also have some superfood boosters that I add to our smoothies to make them more of a complete meal.
The supplements I use personally and recommend to others are: fish oil, fibre and green vegetable powder.
This is one of the most popular supplements because its benefits are not only proven, but many and varied. For one thing, fish oil can actually help improve and maintain a good mood. The Omega-3s in fish oil actually support production of the feel good hormone serotonin in the body, so if nothing else it’s a mood booster. But there’s lots more besides…
A high quality fish oil can support brain and eye health, bone health and helps the body maintain healthy cholesterol levels. There’s also some evidence to suggest that taking fish oil in conjunction with exercise can help improve the effects of those gym visits.
Speak to any beauty expert and they’ll most likely take fish oil for the anti-ageing benefits alone.
In my opinion fibre is one of the most underrated supplements. Most of us don’t get the 30-40g recommended daily, but it can really improve digestion and may reduce colon and digestive issues.
Fibre can also help control blood sugar as it slows down the rate at which the body breaks down carbohydrates and the absorption of sugar. There’s also some evidence to show that a high fibre diet can contribute to heart health and minimise heart disease.
I’m a big fan of fresh juices, but it’s not always easy to get hold of good quality ones especially when I travel, which is why I always have some green veggie powder on me. I like to take it first thing in the morning and it starts my day off the right way.
Green powders are a great source of antioxidants, the best known of which being Vitamin C. The human body can’t produce Vitamin C, but it’s essential to every cell in the body so a daily dose is a wise idea.
Additionally you’ll find carotenoids in these powders, normally found in orange-skinned fruits and vegetables, they help the body create Vitamin A, which is great for good vision and healthy bones.