Supplements in their contextual sense may have a lot of benefit for an athlete or individual who would be utilising its purpose, in other words, someone who is active enough and recruiting and engaging the necessary adaptations in order to gain the benefit and utility of the supplement… There are also supplements which may be of great assistance when an individual is experiencing pathological symptoms, which are severe enough to require additional nutrient support for all bodily functions.
The questions you must ask yourself when supplementing are the following:
What is the source of supplement? Is this a reliable, true reflection of what you should be ingesting? Is the supplement sourced sustainably? In other words is the priority the quality of the supplement, not the profit margin? You may ask what relevance this has? The integrity of where it is sourced is important for it outlays the intention of the organisation supplying the supplement. Il let you contemplate that further…
What is its purpose? Does the supplement serve you? Do you require it? Is it necessary for your personal physiological development and enhancement?
Are there any side effects? Are there negative side effects by supplementing? Can it be taken with other supplements safety? These are considerations that should be taken in to account.
Processing mechanism? How is this supplement processed? How far removed from its natural state is it? How ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ in nature is the supplement you are taking? Is it synthetically based? Are petrochemical processes involved?
Quality of supplement? Is the quality of the ingredients at a particular level which is ‘clean’ and can be optimally utilised by the body?
Does the hand fit the glove? This means: Is this particular supplement the right fit for your condition or preventative measure? Does it suit your body type, will you process it effectively and efficiently?
Long term effects? Are there any long term effects documented? Have longitudinal, peer reviewed, scientific studies been undertaken? If not, this doesn’t mean you should avoid it, it means you should simply do your due diligence and research the product and its affects on the human system.
It must be known that supplementing is important in this day and age. There are many external factors, most, which are out of our immediate control, which often impact (in a negative manner) our lifestyles and health and factors, which influence the way our bodies behave, act and react at a cellular level. There are pollutants in our atmosphere; toxins in our soils; petrochemicals such as pesticides and herbicides sprayed on the vast majority of foods provided to the mainstream and general public; the use of petrochemicals in everyday life, non-nutritious, nutrient deficient foods, which are eaten daily; external psychological stressors, which are caused by our sociocultural constructs, relationships and often lack of insight, awareness and understanding of life; plastics and poisonous substances such as insecticides sprayed daily in our communities and house holds. All of these factors and more contribute to a poor quality of health, which is defined by a poor autoimmune system, poor internalised processing capabilities and poor absorption of necessary nutrients.
Therefore, observing these environmental factors and causes of poor health it is somewhat necessary to supplement. The key is to eat and source as many nutrient rich, diverse, local and chemical free foods as possible and eat them, drink ‘clean’ water and never use supplements as a substitute for real wholesome foods! When you supplement, supplement with super-foods and supplements which strengthen your digestive system, your immune system and the clarity of your blood. Ideally supplementation would not be necessary, for we would obtain all our nutrients and internal homeostasis from our foods. Unfortunately the reality is that toxins in our lives are present at the moment and we must do what we can to optimise our personal and collective health…
There are particular supplements being promoted here, only those that will be of the greatest benefit to you. Do you research, educate yourself on the manner in which the body operates and immerse yourself in to health, wellbeing and life… SS.