First let me begin by saying that in the above picture, I left the "e" off of supplement. However, I am too lazy to redo the whole picture so that's that. I list my weekly nutrition and training plan, but never list my vitamins and supplements. I have had a lot of people ask me what I take, so I thought I would share with you guys what I take and why. I also have to add, please do not mirror me without researching and consulting your doctor and/or nutritionist. I do not know your body and your consumed medications like you do, so it's important to educate yourself before purchasing something like this.
BCAA's - Why?
I have one scoop of BCAA's when I wake up in the morning. I normally take these in the form of a capsule, but I tried it as powder this time. I will not do that again. I take BCAA's because I exercise so hard and run around all day at my job, in heels. There are so many benefits to "branch chained amino acids" (BCAA's) Multiple studies conducted in many different institutions across the world have concluded that BCAA's help with muscles soreness, improve training - especially when one is fatigued, play important role in energy and muscle production during exercise, and trigger protein synthesis and inhibit the breakdown of muscle cells.
Lipo 6X Black (Hers) - Why?
I do not like "pre-workout" powders. I would rather take a capsule before I workout and drink a glass of water with it. I do not like any powdery supplement crap when I am drinking water. I think because I love plain water so much. I can't believe I ended up buying BCAA's in powder form, but I wanted to see if I felt my body absorbed it better. I digress. I take one of these pills before I workout on days that I feel I really need it. This is considered a "fat burner", but please do not let the label fool you. What this really does is elevate your heart rate, and internal thermogenic levels so you are able to train harder and faster, thus burning more calories. It will do nothing for you if you eat poorly and do not get proper exercise. I do not want to get dependent on pre-workouts, so I rarely take it. I take BCAA's, glutamine, and a B12 injection - all vitamins and natural forms to assist with my energy levels. This is kind of a "last resort" thing. It is the only source of caffeine I get as well; I do not drink diet soda's, coffee, or tea. If you are considering purchasing this, be careful, it is a strong product. Nutrex is an incredible supplement company, but it is very strong.
Fish Oil - Why?
I take 1 fish oil with breakfast and 1 one for dinner. Studies have shown how wonderful fish oil can be for you. I use it for heart health. My family has a long line of cancer and MS. Thus I try to do everything I can to ensure I keep myself as healthy the natural way as I can. I read on Women's Health that taking omega-3 supplements (fish oil) can help slow the body’s aging process by lengthening telomeres that often shorten with age.I have also read that it helps with depression and ADHD, can lower blood pressure, and reduce pain and swelling. I do not eat any type of fish or seafood at all, so I take the supplement for nutrients that I may lack from not eating it.
Food Based Multi-Vitamin - Why?
There are big debates on multi-vitamins. Does one urinate most of them out or does the body actually absorb and use it? I believe it is a little of both. Because I am still trying so hard to loose weight and I am on a restricted diet, I take these "just in case" to supplement any missing nutrients my body may be missing from food. Food is always the best place to consume vitamins, but if you are lacking in that, a multi-vitamin can help. I take two of them in the morning with breakfast.
Glutamine - Why?
This supplement is essential for me, again because of the way I train and my job. I love being pushed to my absolute limits when I work out. Exercise is without a doubt my favorite hobby. If only I was as passionate about clean eating, I would be set. Oh well, one step at a time. Anyways, during intense training, Glutamine levels are greatly depleted in your body, which decreases strength, stamina and recovery. It could take up to 6 days for Glutamine levels to return to normal. It also assists with strengthening ones immune system - Glutamine is a primary energy source for the immune system. I take 1 in the morning when I wake up (with my other BCAA's) and two after I finish working out. If I do not train on a certain day, I take 1 in the morning and 1 in the evening. Glutamin is a BCAA and the most important one for anyone who trains hard and/or bodybuild's.
Cranberry - Why?
As a woman, this is for my va-j-j health. Cranberry keeps "down there" (I feel like I am 10 writing this) happy and healthy. It prevents UTI's, and I have also read that it can help with dental hygiene. I take two of them with breakfast.
Biotin - Why?
I live, breathe, and swear by Biotin. I take 1 vitamin (10,000 MCG) every morning with breakfast. It truly makes a difference. It makes my nails grow fast and strong, it prevents my hair from rarely ever falling out (I color my hair a lot), and it is great for one's skin.
B12 - Why?
I do not take B12 in the form of a supplement, I receive it in the form of an injection. I do this so the vitamin absorbs directly into my blood stream. I receive 99% of the supplement that way verses consuming it via mouth. I have been regularly getting B12 injections from my doctor for about 6 months. The difference is astounding. Vitamin B12 does not cause weight loss, contrary to popular beliefs and myths out there. What it is does do is help stabilize energy and stress levels. Resulting in hopefully better food choices and harder workouts, since one does not become so fatigued or tired. They make a huge difference for me! I get an injection 1-2 times a week at my primary care office. I previously received them at a weight loss center, but now my insurance covers them so I opt to go there.
I take avoid taking pharmaceutical anything at all costs, not even so much as Motrin for a headache. Thankfully, I rarely ever get in sick or have headaches, so I feel that a clean diet, good exercise, and my supplement regimen really works for me. The exception is my RLS, I take medication for that because "natural" ways weren't working so well for me. However, I consume the smallest dose possible. It's all about doing your research, consulting a doctor, and learning your body. What are some of your essential vitamin and supplements? Why?
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