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Do I Need to Take a Diet Supplement?

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One of the most important questions of the modern age is should you use diet supplements and if yes, when should you resort to using them. The greatest trouble with giving a straight answer to these questions lies in the fact that there are many aspects which need to be considered. The main reason for this confusion lurks behind the fact that this problem can be of a practical, physical, health related and ethical nature at the same time.

The ethical issue

Some people claim that using any kind of supplementation is “unnatural” and that it is something that can create an “unfair advantage.” However, this kind of argumentation can only take us deeper into philosophical discussions of what is or is not natural and what does an unfair advantage even mean. This means that a stand like this actually opens more questions than it answers. One thing is certain however: you will probably never meet a person who decides to go hunting with a wooden bow and arrow since modern weaponry gives him an unfair advantage. After all, this is the 21st century, and when progress rushes in, no stone gets left unturned.

The notion of supplementation

Another problem that may arise here is the notion of supplementation itself. Speaking of supplements as a singular group is quite ridiculous. There are many different types of nutrients out there with different traits and different effects on your body. Addressing all supplements as the same thing is no different than categorizing both bicycles and airplanes in the same group, while speaking about pollution caused by transportation vehicles. Some supplements are more harmful than others, but when it comes to the most common diet supplements, like powder proteins or vitamins they are usually safe to use.

Using supplements to enhance your diet

Do not expect supplements to single-handedly solve all of your nutritional problems and shortcomings. If this is what you have in your mind, you will be met with nothing but disappointment. All supplements do is complement your already existing diet. The better the diet, the better the effect of diet supplements will be. As simple as that. First, you need to find a diet that will benefit your health on its own. Supplements should come after, not before that. Another point is to make sure you synchronize your diet with the supplements you are taking, and to do your homework on all the different kinds on the market.

Utilizing your training

The same goes for your training as well. Some people expect that just by taking the right supplements, they will make their metabolism do all the heavy lifting. Unfortunately, this is not how it works. In order to get in shape, you need to find a training that will get you fit. Supplements can only help you reach your goal faster or to be more content with the results, but they will never be self-sufficient.

Keep your eyes wide open

Of course, you should always read the small print and do your homework well before you decide to include anything in your diet. Just because something is natural does not necessarily mean that it is healthy. Remember how many dangers lurk in nature and ask yourself one question: why should these supplements, as natural products, be completely harmless.

Ask your doctor for advice

Probably the safest course of action you could take is to consult your doctor prior to including supplements in your diet. A lot of factors here are situational and who knows your medical situation better than your own health provider. This probably won’t be too much of an effort but can mean a world to you in the long run. Your health should always come first.
As you can see, in some cases, using supplements can be quite beneficial for you. However, supplements should be always approached with a certain dosage of caution. First make sure that you have a proper diet, and that you have an adequate training routine. If after this is all covered, you still feel the need for some additional help and if your doctor approves it, there is no reason whatsoever why you shouldn’t use diet supplements.

Mathews McGarry is passionate about many forms of strength training, and spent years lifting, dragging and flipping all manner of heavy objects. After graduating from the Faculty of Health Sciences, he started writing about his experiences, and sharing tips for better life. Follow him on Twitter.