Perhaps one of the biggest determinants of an individual’s overall level of health is going to be the quality and quantity of nutrients they consume.
This comes down to two things:
- Vitamin Supplements
In this post we’ll explore some main points to keep in mind.
What To Know About Supplements and Nutrition
The biggest point to consider when it comes to supplements and nutrition is that there is no one size fits all approach. Too often, many individuals are led to believe that “everyone” needs to be taking XYZ supplement or eating XYZ diet.
That’s because in general, that’s what our media would have you believe. When a new diet becomes a craze, it isn’t just right for a small group of people, it automatically becomes “right” for everyone. The same thing is true for vitamins and supplements, thanks largely to multi-million dollar marketing budgets designed to target gullible and uninformed consumers.
The reality is that for most people, the right answer isn’t to go to any one extreme, but to find a sustainable balance to maintain. We’ve broken some ideas down into two categories, those for moderately active people and extremely active people.
If You Are Moderately Active
By moderate activity, we mean individuals who exercise regularly but not obsessively. You probably have 1-3 hours or so of vigorous exercise per week, plus some other non-vigorous activity, like walking.
For people in this category, the chances are that simply maintaining a balanced diet that includes a lot of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins like legumes, eggs, or white meats, will be able to provide you with all of the nutrients you need.
It is unlikely that, for the average person, additional supplements are necessary.
Read more about finding balanced nutrition.
If You Are Extremely Active
Those who are extremely active, on the other hand, often do require additional vitamins or supplements in order to get the nutrients they need.
This is because people who exercise vigorously 3-5 hours per week or more burn through calories and nutrients at a rate far faster than those who exercise less than this amount.
The result is that a “normal” balanced diet just won’t cut it, and it can be difficult to get the level of nutrition you need from food alone.
Protein, whey, and creatine supplements are by far the most common types to use, and are a good option for many people. If you work with a specific program, like Crossfit, you may need to tailor your supplementation to that program. Working with a trainer is the best way to accomplish this task. Crossfit supplements generally include high-protein supplements, given the extreme nature of the weightlifting involved with the program.
Please note that no information provided in this post is intended to be an individual recommendation. Consult your doctor for specific medical advice pertaining to your individual case.