What are supplements good for, if not to supplement a balanced and healthy diet? A recent BBC documentary has highlighted the dangers posed by over-consumption of protein powder. So as human beings in search for optimal health, we ask ourselves: how much is too much?
Just like with anything, there are extremes. So when do we begin overconsuming supplements? Quite simply, when supplements are no longer supplements, but become the diet itself. No time for lunch? A protein shake will do. False!
Back to basics: A Holistic approach to supplements.
At Motion Nutrition, we strongly believe in holistic health. From a fitness perspective, we look at three dimensions, in order of importance:
- Nutrition: and by this, we mean your regular meals. Establish a solid foundation that works for you as an individual. Find a supplier of local, fresh vegetables, vary your sources of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Eat the rainbow!
- Fitness: find the workout you dig, and commit to it. Bored of the treadmill? So were we! Our bodies and minds strive when learning new movements – like when Joe started learning Calisthenics or Charlie entered his first Triathlon. Surprise yourself by trying new things: yoga, gymnastics, cycling. Get outdoors this summer and enjoy life in Motion.
- Supplementation: get the above points right, and only then will you begin to reap the benefits of supplementation. A protein shake made from organic real food ingredients, consumed immediately after your workout will go a long way in improving muscle recovery. An organic energising blend can be the boost you need for your early morning workouts or your cycle to work. But pounding 200g of protein powder a day? Well that’s just too much of a good thing.
The secret about supplements.
The secret is: there is no secret. Supplements are self-descriptive: they supplement. Add them to a healthy diet with a good dose of physical activity and you’ve got yourself a winning combination.