The subject of nutritional supplements is a broad and seemingly complex issue, do in great part to the system or systems that control, regulate and enable the dispensation of medicines, pharmaceuticals and if you will...supplements. In no way or shape am I attempting to butt heads with any organization, agency or protocols of their structures, what I would like to communicate is merely that an entire multi-billion dollar industry exists solely to manufacture and distribute nutritional supplements and the variety, quality and efficacy that distinguishes any two like products can be as broad and vast as the industry itself.
With that being said, I along with a handful of other educated, ethical and integrity based fitness and nutrition professionals subsist entirely to inform, educate and provide superior products and services to the global community. Not necessarily for the profit, although there is absolutely nothing wrong with getting paid well to do what you love and are passionate about and I for one am not only passionate about my work, but feel that this my calling, as well as both a professional and moral obligation.
Consequently, this article is not an attempt to advertise, but it is meant to be more of a communique, so please accept my apology in advance for the seemingly self-righteous posturing... Quite literally, I have been asked a variation of the same question/s a thousand times, and that all important question or questions are... "Why should one take nutritional supplements and or why should an individual supplement dietary intake with supplements?" And although I would love to communicate the answer/s as simply as possible, I cannot and will not and here is why! The veracious truth is that de-conditioned, inactive people interested only in growing hair, skin and nails can perhaps meet their "low metabolic" needs through food alone. I said perhaps, who knows... What I do know is that this nation on a whole is not well and if all that you desire is to just merely exist, than obtaining this low level of existence might just be met with what poor quality food that most folks consume on a daily basis. This concept to me is like settling for what life gives you and not getting what you truly want and personally, I don't know anybody that would pick illness and disease over optimal health and a fruitful sense of being well.
And lets just say you actually want to feel...oh, perhaps just passably alright, than ingesting an inexpensive "Costco" daily multi-vitamin/mineral complex should fulfill that need as well. But if you exercise, make an effort to eat to support daily activity and have somewhat of a functional life...well than you are looking at assisting your metabolism, digestion, assimilation, the bio-availability of important nutrients and a whole host of other vitally necessary physiological necessities, so suffice it to say that food alone in today's world simply is not enough anymore. Besides, a boatload of research has proven that physically active people have much higher bodily and metabolic requirements than those that spend their time doing little more than consuming the couch.
The amount and quality of your caloric intake, in conjunction with nutritional supplementation, is of utmost importance. Not to mention that if being healthy, functional and feeling well are any of your objectives...additional supportive dietary aids (supplements) should be employed! Movement, thought (yes, thinking is invariable quite an undertaking) and other random daily voluntary and involuntary human tasks will cause stress on the body, both internally and externally and when you begin an efficient exercise program, you increase this stress, this taxing workload on your body. And, when you increase physical stress on your body, fueling it (through proper nutrition) becomes more than a major consideration. Supplements accomplish two things. They help in the digestion and utilization of foods, thus creating "higher octane fuel" for your body. Secondly, they ensure that all nutritional gaps are satisfied allowing your body to efficiently and effectively burn fat, build and maintain lean muscle tissue and fully adapt to increased physical stress.
Again, if you do the research and Google the heck out of this subject, you will indeed find that only a handful of ethical and integral professionals are willing to take the high road and stick their proverbial necks out and speak the truth about such matters of controversy, hype and a blatant misleading and misguiding of reality. After many years of exhaustive R&D, my team and I at KREATEFitness.com and Synergy Fitness Systems Provo have made available what we refer to as an ultra-premium supplement line aptly titled NEO PHYSIS,(New Life, New Nature) to specifically provide not only what we think is a superior product, but to also inform and educate. Unlike popular brand names, they are not marketed through those multi-level organizations, discount health food stores, drug stores, supermarkets or other retail venues. Instead, they are distributed through elite fitness centers, medical facilities and professional sports and fitness associations and more importantly they boast a much shorter shelf-life and contain absolutely no preservatives, binding agents, sugars, starches, flours or enteric coatings. Only the highest quality ingredients are used such as Pancreatine 5x (digestive enzymes), polynicotinate (instead of picolinate) and whey protein instead of lower cost substitutes.
That's why NEO PHYSIS ultra-premium supplements are recommended by fitness and medical experts for people interested in reducing body-fat, gaining lean muscle and enhancing overall fitness and athletic performance. In addition these products were specifically designed to bridge the gaping hole that exists between the "educated" and "uneducated". I compare it to the differentiation between owning a Mercedes Benz and a Hundai, sure the former is substantially more expensive, but in the long run, a far better vehicle. Wealthy and successful people own expensive vehicles, not because they can, but because of the performance, efficiency and more importantly...the ROI or the return on investment (more bang for the buck).
Afterall, too many people believe that eating a well balanced diet provides all the vitamins and minerals necessary for good health. In ideal circumstances, this could be the case, but in reality there are many reasons why you need supplements to cope with living in the 21st century environment. Taking vitamins when required is a safe method of optimizing your dietary sources of nutrients, providing that you follow the instructions on product labels.
So, although I know without any doubt and have staked my career upon the fact that supplements are more than just contributors to expensive urine or the controversial subject of an industry that grosses multi-billions, it is really up to the individual to discern for themselves, to self-educate and even perhaps even experiment with if only a little... For the truth about what it is that we are eating in this fast food nation is indeed quite a harsh reality and without this necessary adjunct (supplementation) into our daily personal maintenance regime, our health, wellbeing and quality of life is surely diminished!By Kurt Hurley