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5 Supplement Myths That Need To Be Debunked Permanently

Ever heard of the saying ‘fit is the new rich’? It comes as no surprise that high achievers and ambitious millennials either follow or at least believe that keeping fit is one of the key requirements to cultivate success.     

5 Supplements Myths That Need To Be Debunked For Good

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In trying to fit in a fitness routine in the midst of an already packed schedule, our diets often need to be complemented with supplementation to meet our health ‘requirements’, which cannot always be satisfied with just by food alone. 

5 Supplements Myths That Need To Be Debunked For Good

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But like any unregulated industry (the supplement industry remains unregulated), the nutritional supplements industry has a slew myths circulating around their usage. 

Here are some common myths around the dietary supplement industry that need to be busted for good:

Myth #1. Men need supplementation more 

A lot of women who workout consciously avoid supplements due to uninformed opinions. One of the most common fears is that supplements will make them more masculine and affect their femininity in some way. 

5 Supplements Myths That Need To Be Debunked For Good

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The truth: Men only build muscle because they have up to 7-8 times more testosterone (the main muscle building hormone) as their female counterparts. So ladies, unless you’re on steroids you cannot build anywhere close to the kind of ‘ugly’ muscle you fear on yourself.

Myth #2. A well-balanced diet doesn’t require supplementation

Although it’s true that the vitamin and nutrients in supplements are available in food sources or self generated in the body itself, getting your vital nutrients though food, especially if your burning them through strenuous workouts, is quite a task. It’s almost impossible to eat the right foods in the right proportions at the right time, all the time. Nutrients in food are often destroyed during processing and cooking.

5 Supplements Myths That Need To Be Debunked For Good

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The truth: Research finds our plates lacking in a number of essential nutrients, including proteins, carbs, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and Vitamins A, C, and D. A good supplement (a multivitamin for instance) ensures that you get adequate and measurable essential nutrients to make up for the lack of nutrients on account of faulty farming practices and over-cooking of the food we eat.

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Myth #3. Increasing the amount of protein you take puts more stress on you kidneys

Our kidneys are constantly in use as they are designed to efficiently filter and flush out unwanted substances through urination. An excess of any substance, whether that be a protein supplement or alcohol or even processed food, can put unnecessary strain on your kidneys.

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The truth: Typically, a moderately active individually needs to consume about .4 to .6 grams of protein per body weight, which equates to 60 to 90 grams for a 150-pound person. That number goes up to .9 grams per body weight, which equates to 135 grams, if you workout intensively. Consume protein from both food and supplement sources and make sure you have at least 8 or more ounces of water a day to effectively flush out the by-products of broken down protein through urine.

Myth #4. What’s listed on the label is what’s actually in the product

Supplement manufacturers mostly end up listing most of the ingredients in a product on the label. What they don't have to prove to anyone is accuracy of the ingredients. 

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The truth: Often supplement labels don’t match up to 30 percent of the ‘multivitamins’ tested by ConsumerLab.com; an independent supplement testing service and a consumer watchdog group. Buy products with a seal from an independent testing bodies or check their website for their inputs. 

Myth #5. Supplements have steroids mixed in them

We saved the biggest myth of them all for the last. Supplements were originally designed to complement the nutritional deficiencies in your food. As a general rule of thumb the lesser the preservatives in a supplement the better.

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The truth: As long as your supplement (take protein supplements for instance) is from a reputable supplement brand and as long as you buy them from authentic sources, having them in their recommended dosage is usually safe. Do your research of on the several supplement brands out there for testing and stay away from brands that are loaded with preservative, GMOs and additives.  

With inputs from ANI

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