This month we are going to talk about the subject of “Supplements” OK well we all know life is so busy nowadays, and even by using the Absolutely Fit Bespoke Nutrition plan which consists of a healthy balance of real food for your personal life style and fitness goals, we don’t always get the right and enough nutrition in our regular diets. When researching supplements Absolutely Fit always look for what is in the product opposed to what the container says it could do, supplements, at least as we know them, haven’t been around all that long. So how did our ancestors survive without them? To be painfully blunt, they didn’t.
You see, Mother Nature has never cared about optimum health. Nor has she concerned herself with longevity. Her main objective is survival and propagation of the species. So she programmed us humans to survive on even the most rubbish diet, nutrition-wise, into our twenties, so we’re old enough to reproduce. Beyond that, we’re on our own. This genetic twist is a throwback to primitive times, when supermarkets and refrigerators didn’t exist and food was not always plentiful. Those who could stay alive on very little food had a massive survival advantage.
In many ways, supplements are to humans what fertiliser is to plants. Give a plant adequate amounts of sunlight and water, and it will survive. Add some nutrient-rich fertiliser, and the plant will thrive. For us humans, the same principle applies. A healthful, balanced diet supplies the body with sufficient nutrients to carry out routine tasks. Supplements such as vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, phytochemicals, and more enrich the body’s internal environment to fortify cellular protection, repair, and regeneration and support the renewal process.
So this month our in-house Food and Pharmaceutical Scientist Manjit Singh Dol (me by the way ;o) ) will be sharing his knowledge on supplements, when and why we may need them,
let’s start off with post exercise nutrition after you finish up an incredibly challenging workout, the next thing that you should be doing is looking for something to help speed along your recovery and ensure that you see optimal results. While there’s no replacement for a good post-workout meal, some supplements can definitely offer some real serious benefits to your progress, so not something that you should be overlooking. Let’s take a quick peek at some of the top supplements that we think you should consider for optimal success.
The first supplement to think about using is creatine. While some people prefer to take it pre-workout, others prefer it post-workout. Creatine is the precursor to the high energy molecule called ATP, this will fuel each and every muscle contraction taking place. When your creatine stores are depleted, this means you won’t be able to exercise as intensely as normal and will hit a point of fatigue much sooner as well. By using creatine, you help avoid this as you’ll go into each exercise session with a ‘full tank’, so to speak.
Also consider Glutamine this is my favourites amino acid. Glutamine is a particular anti catabolic amino acid that is important for a fast recovery after your workout as it directly interacts with the immune system. Also very good for digestion, while you will consume glutamine when you eat protein-rich foods in the diet, often you won’t be getting enough to meet your needs for replenishment after the workout. We recommend adding five grams to your post-workout shake is a very smart move to ensure that you make a speedy recovery.
Whey Isolate Protein Powder, there are so many protein powders and fad diet programmes full of “proteins” but all proteins are not the same (that’s another topic) This protein variety has been designed to digest as rapidly as possible in the body and is going to help with the rebuilding of lean muscle tissues, Protein provides the building blocks of what your muscles are made of so getting in enough is extremely critical for your success.
Last one, to think about using is Waxy Maize starch, Waxy Maize starch is a form of carbohydrate that is rapidly digested in the body, so will instantly replenish stored muscle glycogen levels, making sure you recovery at top speed after each session you do, It also won’t produce quite the blood sugar rush (insulin spike) that dextrose based supplements can do, so as a powdered form of carbohydrate, tends to work very well for your post-workout protein shake.
So be sure that you keep these supplements in mind. Getting them into your protocol will help you take one giant step forward to ensuring optimal results.