Let’s face it, if steroids were healthy and legal, everyone would be on them. But then we’d all be bumping into each other wearing our tight t-shirts with our hats on sideways.
No one wants any of that.
Fortunately there are healthy alternative supplements athletes or anyone who’s active can take to augment healthy diet choices and regular exercise. Vitamins have their place after you identify specific situations in your body. Maybe you’re sore a lot of the time after exercising or you’re having trouble recuperating after a workout.
These circumstances can cause a need for certain supplements, and if you’re noticing anything specific, then you should absolutely go see a doctor.
In other words, please don’t rely on this blog post as your be-all end-all supplement bible.
Alright, now that the disclaimer is out of the way, here’s three vitamins you can go pick up and start taking today.
For anybody who’s active, the seven step chemical reaction that occurs in a muscle contraction requires ample amounts of calcium. Calcium is stored in your muscles, so every time you sweat you lose calcium, which is valuable for muscle contraction. People who train properly yet still complain about cramps often do so because of a lack of calcium.
Magnesium is huge for recovery because it’s a natural muscle relaxant and it helps with recovery. As well, any individual who’s stressed excretes magnesium through their kidneys. Adding the stress of a workout to the typical stress with which we all live, and it adds up to a big-time magnesium deficiency.
Calcium and magnesium interact in a synergistic relationship. They create a better bio-availability for the body to use vs calcium or magnesium on their own.
It might be more expensive than synthetic vitamin E, but you’re getting more of a natural pay-off. Look on the back of the bottle and if it says D Alpha Tocopherol, then you’re getting the natural vitamin E. DL Alpha Tocopherol is synthetic. Vitamin E that’s natural is 80% more bio-available to the body, so it isn’t prohibited from performing it’s primary function.
Tip: Make sure you don’t take iron and vitamin E together, because the dosage of vitamin E will negate the iron by binding to the iron and making it unusable to the body.
Milk thistle is an herbal remedy that’s good for your kidneys, gall bladder and primarily, the liver. Your liver is responsible for turning lactic acid back into glycogen for usable muscle sugars during a training session.
Tip: Alcohol dampens the liver’s ability to perform this function, making training more difficult and uncomfortable.
Here’s Steph St. Laurent on how to safely and properly take advantage of supplements:
“The first important thing is that supplements should be treated as such. Some people look at supplements as inclusive nutritional plans or a substitute for a healthy diet. This is why people take the vitamin of convenience: the multi-vitamin. Often you’re wasting your money because if your body doesn’t actually need the supplements contained within, then you won’t use them and your investment will literally be flushed down the toilet.”
So there’s no magic formula for exercising and finding more energy?
Wait, there is! The three supplements we just listed!
… as long as they’re combined with exercise and a healthy diet.