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Give your Body a Break: Cycle off the Supplements

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Are the supplements your taking effective?


Why take supplements?

In this day and age, everybody seems to wants something for nothing. Back in the old days, people were more willing to put in the work for everything they got. Now, it's no longer like that for the most part. The shortest route from A to B isn't a straight line, everyone has a short cut. This holds true in fitness, health and muscular development as well. You see all the infomercials and advertisements promising ridiculous results in a very short period of time. If you have been into fitness for a decent amount of time, you probably have already learned that those boast have been greatly exaggerated. Even with the assistance of PED's (performance enhancing drugs), you still have to put in the work and it takes time for the muscles to develop. The supplements you find in the nutrition stores, do assist and expedite the process of you reaching your fitness/health goals, but in all reality, your standards should be set in weeks or months (depending on the person, their body composition and their goals), not days. If something sounds to good to be true, then it probably is not true.

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Creatine and Fat Burners

If you're just beginning the journey into fitness, your almost like a newborn baby. Any kind of training you do or supplement you take, your body is more than likely going to respond to it in a positive manner because it's something your body has never experienced before. However, the human body is one of the most amazing, complex things on the planet. It adapts, improvises and overcomes quickly. This is why everything has a time limit. The supplements, prescriptions, or any drug for that matter warn you to only take them for a set period of time. Two of the most common supplements that most people will began with are creatine and fat burners/diet pills. Creatine, relatively safe when taken in moderation, supply's energy to the cells/muscles in the body and assists in increasing lean muscle mass, muscle strength and overall performance. Creatine will absorb a lot of the body's water, if abused you can easily become dehydrated. Gastrointestinal stress (nausea, cramps, diarrhea and flatulence) is also an effect of creatine abuse. Most fat burners or diet pills will contain caffeine, green tea, yohimbe, or a number of other ingredients that provide energy and as the name suggest, helps in burning fat.All of which, like creatine are dehydrants. Too much of anything is bad. If you keep taking any supplement for too long, your body's receptors will basically become desensitized and stop responding, requiring you to take more to get the same effect. Just because there legal and you can buy them in a store, doesn't make them any less unhealthy and harmful than things that are illegal, if you abuse them. Water intake should definitely be increased to replace the water lost/absorbed by the muscles. I would recommend cycling these anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks at a time. Speeding up the metabolism/bodily processes can be hard on the kidneys.

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Protein, The building blocks

The word supplement by definition means something added or in addition too. You should be getting your daily requirements of protein from your eating habits. Protein should be supplemented according to your fitness/health goals. There is a such thing of taking too much protein. For one, the body is incapable of storing protein. If you're taking in more than the body can actually use, the excessive protein will be excreted out as waste or simply turned into and stored as fat. Unwarranted amounts of protein without the correlating fiber can cause gastrointestinal issues, constipation, flatulence and bloating. The kidneys filter out the nitrogen byproducts taken in by proteins through urine. Heavy intake or bulking for extended periods will require the kidneys to work harder and over time research has shown it can result in kidney damage. If you follow the recommended dosages for the set time frames, even if in a bulking phase (8 to 12 weeks, this will vary depending on each individuals needs) and give your body the same amount of time to recover from the abundance of protein will keep your body's receptors sensitive. A plethora of protein can also have your breath smelling foul. When your on a super heavy protein intake, the body enters ketosis (metabolic state where the body burns fat as fuel instead of carbs). This is great for weight loss, but can have your mouth smelling like paint thinner. So make sure you give your body breaks.

Chocolate Protein Recovery Drink


Ingredients for Chocolate protein recovery drink

  • 2 Bananas, Frozen
  • 1/2 cup Milk, Nonfat
  • 2 Scoops Whey Protein Powder, Chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons Almond Butter
  • 1 pinch Cinnamon, Nutmeg can be used also
  • 2 cups Ice

Directions for Chocolate protein recovery drink

  1. Add all the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth, creamy and of the same consistency. Serve and enjoy.

Chocolate protein recovery drink

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Pre-workout and other supplements

If you are an advanced fitness freak, gym rat, or body builder, than you know you have to constantly keep shocking your body. Not only in your training, but in the supplements you take as well. If your taking multiple supplements, how do you know which one is working? or are they both/all working? When you are amped up, Is it your pre workout? or your fat burner/diet pill giving you that excessive energy? I have been into fitness for over 25 years and have pretty much tried every supplement under the sun. You can't base a supplements effectiveness because it works for someone else. Everyone is different. The only way your going to know if it works for you, is to try it. Pre workout supplements have some of the similar ingredients as fat burners, but gives you a little extra such as a variety of different creatines, arginine, beta alanine and other nitric oxide boosting amino acids. It is always necessary to give your body a break with all vitamins, minerals and supplement cycles. Keep your receptors sensitive and effective. It's a good rule of thumb to detoxify your body at least once a year. If you suffer from a severe illness such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease or even arthritis, lets face it, you don't have these from bad luck of the draw. These are from bad habits and choices made over time. If you suffer from one of these conditions or a different kind of affliction, you should detox yourself a lot more often, under the supervision of a health care professional of course.



7 day Cleansing detox


Cleansing/detoxing your body

Depending on your diet and how many different nutrition supplements you are consuming should determine how often you should go through a body cleanse/detox. Body cleanses will basically remove all of the built up waste in your colon and intestines (sounds kind of gross but you can literrally have about 8 to 10 lbs of waste in there if your diet is bad). It will also discard the toxins, parasites, and free radicals in your body, this is very beneficial to the digestive system. There are many different kinds of cleansers/detoxers. You can detox by the body organ or do the entire body itself at once. Because it is a thorough cleansing of the body, it not only takes out the bad things, it will also remove some good things that the body needs as well, so you can't do it all the time. If you have the need to detox your body more than 3 or 4 times a year, that is a definite sign that your diet/eating habits need to go through a drastic change.

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nurse1283 from Philippines on May 24, 2013:

We have a family friend who used muscle building supplements. Now, he spends around $3,000 every month for liver damage treatments. He's at the peak of his career as an engineer and he now spends his hard-earned money for medical expenses...

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on May 23, 2013:

An interesting and useful article!...glad to see that you're recommending moderation when taking these supplements....Nice work!

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