Why do you take that supplement?
National data tells us that at least 47% of kiwis over the age of 15 have taken some sort of dietary supplement in the last year; it might be a particular vitamin, a fish oil, a sports supplement or a multi vitamin. In Australia and the USA, the statistics are similar. So what about you? Do you swallow some sort of pill or powder in aid of your nutrition? Why do you take it?
Nutritional supplements are to food what organised exercise is to movement. The point is that a daily multivitamin (for example) is as good to you as a left-handed hammer if you are otherwise eating a highly processed, unchanging and unnatural diet. It’s not a panacea.
This does not mean to say that there is no place whatsoever for nutritional supplements. Rather, the idea is that a supplement – whether it be a protein powder or a B-vitamin complex – is exceedingly more worthwhile when taken in conjunction with a healthy, diverse diet. In this case, the eater is likely to have a far superior nutrient status, which is going to better fuel the physiology required to process and utilise any supplement to its maximum potential.
Consider this the next time you are online or in your local pharmacy or health store. When you are loading your pockets with mysterious carb gels for your Saturday morning run, consider the bigger picture. Do you eat a steady diet that provides you with sufficient fuel for a strong immune system, robust digestive health, optimal brain function and maximal muscle performance and recovery on a daily basis? Do you look after yourself nutritionally, day in and day out? Or is this gel, pill, powder or potion just a mythical panacea?
If you need help establishing a steady diet that fuels health and performance, get in touch with us here. Alternatively, register for the upcoming Eat to Run Webinar.
Article by Tim Leeming. Exercise Nutritionist.