The most important supplement FAQs for optimal safety, effectiveness and health!

Nothing beats real food. Period.

Whether it’s fat loss or muscle gain, health or performance, eating proper combinations of real whole foods will help you get there faster than any drug, substance or supplement.

However, proper nutrition is not always enough in this day and age.

In this article, I will explain why supplementation is an absolute must for your health or fitness goals in today’s troubled times. Also we will cover what you need to ask yourself before taking any supplements. Yes, there is also a flip side to this but I will elaborate on the dark side of supplements in another article.

Before we begin, I have to mention that at the time of this article I am not endorsed by any supplement company(ies), I do not have my own supplement line so I have nothing to gain by praising supplements. I live a somewhat normal life, I work a normal job that pays an average salary and in my early 40s, I am still working on my physique and performance goals while living a busy family life.

The purpose of this article is to answer your most important questions regarding safe and effective supplementation. You will therefore understand all the small details that can make or break your health and help you reach your goals.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A SUPPLEMENT?

Supplements are usually isolated nutritional components of food that are used for a specific purpose in specific quantities. Their goal is to help you get the necessary nutrients for your fitness-related purposes (performance/fat loss/ muscle gain) and to give you an edge while you train or go about your ordinary life.

However, I would like to stand at one specific word: “supplement”. This implies that it is not a stand-alone nutritional component. Also, in order for it to work, it needs to be consumed in the right dose, the right time and as part of a properly structured nutritional plan that focuses on your goal. This is the only way a supplement can actually give optimal results.

So in order to be able to safely consume supplements and see the right results, it is essential that you ask yourself the following questions:

WHAT DOES IT DO?

The first thing you need to ask yourself before taking a supplement is: “What does it do?” A few decades ago, supplementation was not so famous due to the lack of knowledge, medical studies and resources. In the age of the internet, you can find millions of articles on any supplement including its benefits and side effects.

However, another problem arises from this overflow of information: it can be hard to distinguish if you are reading the truth or another marketing lie invented by a supplement company backed by bogus research, sometimes supported by actual doctors (for the right price).

So find out exactly what the supplement does.

Then ask yourself the next question:

IS IT SAFE?

We all work hard for our goals but we also need to not lose sight of the bigger picture that is health. Gaining 10 kilos of muscle and living the rest of your life in pain and agony is just not worth it. Then again, there are people who want to pay that price.

It is a personal choice, however, the matter of safety is still important and you need to ask yourself the following safety related questions before taking a supplement.

  • How safe it this?
  • What will happen to me if I take it?
  • Are there any side effects?
  • Do I have any medical condition that will make this supplement unsafe for me?

GET DOCTOR CLEARANCE

ALWAYS check with your doctor before starting any type of supplement. It is their job to tell you if you should be taking specific supplements or not. Don’t forget that there are also a lot of herbal supplements that have side effects or can interfere with medication.

Medical advice is not only for people who already have a medical condition. It is for everyone.

Once the doctor has cleared you and provided that you know what it can and can’t do (and you are ready to pay the price literally and figuratively), then you can move on to the next question:

DID I DO THE TABLET TEST?

This is a good test to perform especially when using supplements in tablet form. This test will allow you to see if the tablet you selected can be dissolved and therefore properly absorbed in your body.

How to perform the test


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by Nick Sigma CWC, EH, E-YRT200

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