It is very common that gym goers, trainers, coaches…get caught up with discussion in nutritional supplements without addressing basic nutrition first. We are probably all guilty of it…right? I mean we all want great gains/results from all of the hard work in the weight room…and we think protein powders, pre-workout, post-workout supplementation are the things we need to add to our daily regimen to enhance our training results. Maybe but not unless your training is consistent enough…your nutrition is dialed in well enough and you have sufficient amounts of these crucially essential nutrients in play first.
PROBIOTICS Probiotics are the “good” bacteria that live in your gut and play a huge role in your overall wellness. When you’re healthy, your intestinal tract houses over 100 trillion “good” bacteria, which aide in digestion, boosting your immune system and consuming bad bacteria. They create key nutrients and restrict the growth of yeast and unhealthy bacteria. They also limit bouts of lactose intolerance, bad digestion and diarrhea. But as strong as your natural probiotics might be, bad diet, stress, pollution and over use of antibiotics can wipe out the good stuff – so it’s your job to strengthen and repopulate your gut with healthy bacteria. A daily dose of probiotics is a great way to improve digestion and boost immunity.
- Dr. James Chestnut explains the importance of probiotics in this video
OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS Essential Fatty Acid (EPA/DHA) Fish oil supplements are rich in the essential omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which are incredibly important to being healthy. They help prevent chronic diseases and inflammation. They boost your immune system; bolster your cardiovascular, joint and vision health; strengthen skin, hair, and nails; and enhance fat soluble nutrient absorption, metabolic function as well as attention, mood and memory skills. Like with vitamin D3, you can not make your own omega-3 fatty acids. So it is prudent that you get your adequate dose of this fatty acid in your body throughout the week…every week!
- Check out this video on Omega-3 supplementation
VITAMIN D Vitamin D is technically a pre-hormone, not a vitamin. It’s involved in just about everything – it is responsible for manufacturing hundreds of disease-preventing proteins and enzymes, and affects more than 2,000 genes throughout the body. It enriches muscle strength, builds bone, has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects, and strengthens the immune system. It’s almost impossible to get the right amount of vitamin D from food, so you have to get it from supplements or adequate sun exposure.
- More on vitamin D3 here