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What are supplements?
According to theFDA, a dietary supplement is something that is intended to add in or supplement the diet to increase your health. They are generally taken in the form of pills, powders, gummies, bars, and liquids.
Supplements can include vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, and live microbials.
Many gym goers take supplements to further their progress in the gym and help with their recovery afterwards. There are so many supplements out there, that as a beginner it can seem overwhelming when deciding which ones to take. We’ve compiled a list of3 supplements that beginners should start with in the gym.
Protein Powder is by far the most common and most popular supplements that people take when they are going to the gym. Protein helps to build muscle, repair tissue, and it is one of the building blocks of bone, muscle, and skin. There are many different benefits to taking protein including…
Types of Protein:
BCAAs or Branched-Chain Amino Acids are 3 of the 20 essential amino acids that your body needs to obtain through diet alone. The 3 BCAAs are leucine, isoleucine, and valine. Outside of supplements, these amino acids can be found in foods such as eggs, meat, and dairy products. The benefits of taking BCAAs include…
There are hundreds of different BCAA supplements that you can find. They come in different flavors and some even have other supplements added in such as L-Glutamine.
Fish Oil is full of omega-3s. These are long chain fatty acids which can help protect your heart, brain, and reduce inflammation in muscles, joints, and ligaments. Outside of supplements, omega-3s are often found in fatty fish, algae, and krill. The benefits of taking omega-3s are…
Fish Oil is generally taken in pill form and should be taken with a meal for the best results. This supplement can be found at most stores.
The Wrap Up
Although taking supplements isn’t necessary when you start going to the gym, they can aid you in getting better and faster results. All 3 of the supplements listed above work together in aiding with performance, muscle building, and recovery. This is why whether you are a beginner or a gym regular, taking a combination of the three can be beneficial. Everybody is different so be sure to consult with a doctor before taking any supplements to figure out what works for you.
Along with taking supplements, be sure you are getting your recommended daily amount of water. If you are unsure of how much water you should drink in a day, check out our freeHydration Calculator to find out! We now carry a variety of bottles with sizes ranging from32 ozto128 ozso you can find the perfect size for you. Hydro E.I.E is our HydroJug drink supplement which has electrolytes, immunity vitamins, and energy in it. This is great for the days when you need a little extra hydration.
Good luck in the gym and happy hydrating!