More and more nutritional supplements are being brought forth to the man and with a rising demand, there are always new "miracle cure" coming from the manufacturers. We want to show you four typical mistakes in dealing with supplements.
1 Scant observance of quality and price
In recent years, there is a great hype generated about healthy, regional and trustworthy food. This has many benefits for us as consumers since the supply chains and the food are being better monitored and this is leading to better quality. Nutritional supplements come under the category of food and one should treat these and think about the intake and buying of these in just the same way. The quality should be the most important factor here. The product should be pure to the extent possible, contain precisely what you understand it to be without many additives, colour etc., as expected for a quality from food. For this reason, one should pay attention not only to buying the cheapest product, but also of the highest quality or should strike a compromise in between. It is also not always the case that Expensive = Good! Inform yourself about the product and ingredients.
2. Over or under dose
The more the better! Or is it? Everyone knows these statements well; unfortunately of course, many people choose not to take their health seriously. Always pay attention to adequate dosage because as always, here also, the dose makes the poison. You should make absolutely sure not to take in too much, particularly the boosters, but also the Nutrient concentrates, to avoid possible damage to your body. One who does under dosing is not expected to damage his body, but he will, quite so often, achieve no effect of dietary supplements and thus put his money down the drain. Get informed about the optimal intake and vary these as little as possible, unless the product is suitable for being taken in according to the individual doses without any possible side effects.
3. Lack of knowledge about the substances and products
You should never toss in any dietary supplement without knowing what it contains or what effects it could have on your body. In addition to the risk that you could be putting your body in danger due to existing weaknesses, for example through a high dosage of boosters and a high caffeine content combined with a heart condition, a wrong intake can be bad. Often the timing of an intake is also greatly underestimated. Inform yourself properly and do not impose anything on yourself, if you're not convinced. You can of course try a lot of supplements in order to see how the body reacts to substances, but you should always do so consciously and with background knowledge.
4. More supplementation and too little sportive nutrition
Food supplements often promise utopian things, fortunately such direct marketing statements were prevented by the Health Claims, but there is still a lot of widespread nonsense about the products. These are food and nutrients and not the medical products, which is why a direct effect and its statement are also not permitted. Supplements can certainly help your body and also have their benefits for the training and regeneration, but you must always ensure to have good nutrition base, because without this, the results of the products do not usually turn out the way you expect it. Use nutritional supplements as a "supplement".
Dietary supplements can sometimes certainly contribute to a responsible approach to the success of your athletic performance. You should be able to pay attention to the quality and quantity of ingredients. Always remember to set your diet in the foreground and try to avoid over-and under-dosing.
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Our articles should be used for informational and educational purposes only and are not intended to be taken as medical advice. If you’re concerned, consult a health professional before taking dietary supplements or introducing any major changes to your diet.
Evangeline has taken part in competitive sports since a young age. As a qualified RYA Dinghy Instructor, she understands the importance of proper nutrition for fuelling extreme and endurance sports, especially due to her experience in Team GBR Squads and captaining and coaching her University first team.
In her spare time, Evangeline loves running – especially marathons. On the weekends, you’ll find her taking on water sports or hiking up a hill. Her favourite evenings are spent taking on a HIIT session or squats in the gym before digging into some spicy food and a ton of vegetables – yum!
Find out more about Evie's experience here.