By: Nazirah M. Jones, MS., CPT-NASM
Once you start eating well and exercising, you may find yourself wondering, "Should I take supplements?" Well, we've got some exciting news for you! While whole, unprocessed foods should be your go-to for most of your nutritional needs, there are a couple of supplements that can give your fitness journey an extra boost, especially when combined with a regular workout routine!
Get ready to meet the dynamic duo: Beta-Alanine and Creatine!
Let's start with Beta-Alanine, the performance-enhancing amino acid that's got athletes buzzing! This non-essential beta-amino acid works its magic by raising carnosine levels in your muscles, allowing you to perform more high-intensity work. Mixed with l-glutamine and branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), Beta-Alanine can be a game-changer when taken as a pre-workout or post-workout supplement. Just a heads up, it may cause a temporary tingling sensation in your skin, but don't worry, it's harmless! Beta-Alanine is not recommended for children or teens, so leave this one for the grown-ups!
Now, let's talk about Creatine, the superstar supplement that has stood the test of time! While not everyone responds to Creatine, those who do fall into the "responder" category are in for a treat. This mighty supplement helps with recovery, allowing you to push through more reps and build more muscle. Remember, though, Creatine won't work its magic on its own. You still have to put in the hard work and hit the gym to see those benefits shine!
Keep in mind that Beta-Alanine and Creatine are backed by multiple convincing studies, but nothing beats the power of hard work and consistency. These supplements are just the cherry on top of your fitness sundae!
We've got more exciting supplement adventures in store for you, so stay tuned! Next month, we'll tackle the Goliath of supplements: protein powder. Trust us, you won't want to miss it!
Until then, keep rocking those workouts, fueling your body with nutritious foods, and remember to consult with a healthcare professional before adding any new supplements to your routine.