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Client Questions: Do Dietary or Protein Supplements really work?

Here we answer the questions our personal training clients ask the most. This time: Do supplements work?

So do protein/ vitamin & other supplements work?

Well, supplements can be very good for you or completely useless. Its a yes and no answer, because it depends entirely on what vitamins and minerals your body needs and which of them it does not currently get enough of. If your body does not get enough Vitamin D then a supplement with Vitamin D may help you. However, if your body gets quite enough Vitamin D, then a supplement will do nothing for you and each one you take will be sent straight out as a waste product when you go to the bathroom. Basically, it is much like drinking alcohol, but without all the fun.

 

So what is the best way of finding out if supplements work for you?

Fortunately they may be a way. You need to be careful as the effects you discover may be the result of the placebo effect. However this is perhaps the only way to test whether you get any benefit from supplements short of submitting yourself to a research lab as a ‘lab rat’.

Have a go with this:

  • For 1-2 months keep a diary and record everything. Your mood, health, acne, pain, how much you eat, how much you sleep, smarter, faster, stronger etc etc etc
  • Now, start taking the supplements that you want, and keep logging in your diary. After 1-2 months, go through it.
  • Is there any difference? If not then perhaps you get enough of the vitamins and minerals your body needs from your general food intake. If you do feel better, well carry on!

 

Its is not a hugely complicated system to test whether supplements work for you, but it is good enough. And it may save you money or be confirmation to you that you are doing the right thing  for you.

 

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