Are Your Supplements Trash? 3 Products You Shouldn’t Waste Your Money on

A wise friend once told me that if my trainer ever asks me to take supplements in order for me to boost my muscle-building process, I should immediately change my trainer. He said that a good professional trainer would never ask people to take supplements as a shortcut. They never work out right in the end. You may achieve better results initially but the harm they do to your body isn’t worth the shortcut.

Additionally, supplements can be TOXIC to your body if taken incorrectly. Only a doctor or nutritionist can tell you the correct amounts for your body. People often take supplements without consulting their doctor which could result in an overdose and can make you ill or worse, it can be lethal. For example, taking excessively high amounts of calcium can lead to the accumulation of kidney stones. And, this is just one example amid a thousand others. Especially harmful are the “pre-workout supplements” found at your local gym.  For the most part, they are not approved by the FDA and can be extremely toxic for the body. Some of the harmful effects of supplements that “magically” build muscles include:

● Testosterone:

These are widely used, both legally and illegally, by gym enthusiasts who want to speed up muscle production. While the boost in muscle build-up may intrigue the user, the long-term negative effects include excessive growth of the prostate gland, extreme hair fall out, and acne vulgaris, just to name a few.  Supplement manufacturers advertise the positive effects but completely ignore the detrimental side effects.

● Fat Burning Supplements:

Often containing caffeine or other metabolism boosting chemicals, these substances can have many harmful effects on your nervous system such as making you anxious and over-excited. The can affect your sleeping which can increase your stress hormones. This, in turn, increases your appetite and can causes you to overeat.  So, really, what good are fat burning supplements if they’re actually going to make you overeat?

● Creatine Supplements:

Some studies report that creatine supplements are safe to use while other studies contradict those findings and report that if not taken with appropriate amounts of water, dizziness, diarrhea, kidney malfunction and general weight loss can occur.  Again, what is the point in taking these supplements if they cause you to gain weight or to become sick??

In addition, many supplements on the market today are overpriced while the quality is unregulated and often compromised. *Isn’t it better to buy natural, organic foods that are healthy for our bodies than opt for artificial supplements that may or may not cause harm and do not have the vitamins and minerals that their natural counterparts have to offer?*

Consumers are purchasing steroids labeled as “natural” but just because it has a label that says it’s natural doesn’t actually mean that it does not contain artificial ingredients! It’s the 21st century. Anything is possible.

Don’t let yourself get fooled by fake labels and advertising propaganda that companies use in order to lure in their customers. You can modify your diet based on the needs of your body. If you are working out, you will need to increase your protein. You can reduce the chance of a protein deficit by incorporating protein-rich foods into your diet.

The best way for your body to obtain nutrients is through food. If you eat a healthy, balanced diet, you will consume all the vitamins and minerals needed by your body on a daily basis. Fruits and vegetables contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals as opposed to supplements which contain only a group of specific substances in it. By sticking to a healthy diet, you will get a diverse amount of vitamins and minerals necessary for a healthy body.

Not all supplements are bad, may be medically necessary and should be taken if you’ve been advised to do so by your doctor. Certain diseases/ailments such as the lack of parathyroid glands require supplements so your body can function normally. In these cases, supplementation is not only encouraged but vital for normal bodily functions. On the other hand, if you’re a fully functional human being with no medical conditions that require supplementation, then you should definitely skip them and stick with natural food.

Remember, “every day is another chance to get stronger, to eat better, to live healthier, and to be the best version of YOU.” Remind yourself of this whenever you feel the urge to taking supplements to improve your performance at the gym or for any other non-medical purpose.  Your body is your castle. Take care of it and it will take care of you. Love yourself and love your body. Eat healthy and you won’t need to worry about anything else!

Your fitness goals can be achieved with a lot of effort and a clean diet! Develop healthy eating habits and stay away from junk food, no matter how tempting it may seem. Develop self-control and will power in order to get fit.  YOU CAN DO THIS!

You are wasting your money (and maybe your health) on supplements. Eat high quality, healthy food and work hard; the rest will come to you on its own as long as you have the determination and strength to work for your goal!  Remember, gaining muscle mass or losing weight is not an overnight process. It takes time. You should let things take their natural course instead of trying to speed them up!