Do I Need Supplements?

May 5, 2020 at 12:55 am by

When it comes to having a healthy diet it is important to remember that your nutritional needs should first and foremost be met primarily through your diet.

Supplements certainly have their place yet they are not intended to be a substitute for food, they are meant to be there to compliment your food consumption.

Our goal at 12RND is to empower you and educate you on how to make the best and healthiest decisions when it comes to your nutrition. 

Ensuring that you eat a wide variety of foods that include wholegrains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, low-fat dairy products, meats and fish. Therefore, if you are consuming a wide variety of foods from the above food groups, it ill be unlikely that you will need supplements.  

Some supplements and fortified foods may be appropriate in specific situations, yet each and every one of us is different and we all have unique nutritional needs, therefore supplementation really needs to only be considered on a case to case basis.

Supplements that can assist your athletic performance

  • Protein powder– Protein powder is great for convenience, especially if you are racing immediately off to work after a session and need to have fuel on hand. Protein is one of the essential 3 macronutrients that aids with repairing muscle tissue, building muscle and satiation. Try to find a hydrolyzed or whey protein as they are often better digested and gentler on a sensitive gut.  
  • Magnesium – When you are training hard, clients can potentially lose up to 20% of their magnesium stores in a training session. The mineral magnesium is needed to maintain normal nerve and muscle function and aids in muscle recovery. Magnesium can also be found in food sources such as spinach, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, black bens and avocado. 
  • Vitamin B12 (If you are a vegan or vegetarian) 
  • Caffeine