Everything You Need To Know About Sports Supplements
Andrew Parker - September 25, 2021

Changes

By Greta Zwaan

I sought for joy in peace, and rest to ease my weary mind,
Stressed out by such a heavy load, rest I just had to find.
My endurance could hold no more, my limits had been met,
I needed time to stand aside, sweet time to just forget.

But where to find the road to peace, an obscure trait to me;
My hectic lifestyle can't comprehend a way to set time free.
I've always rushed from A to B with no side glace allowed,
I had my life so well controlled; in truth, I felt quite proud.

No one could tell me what to do, I was a self-made man;
My schedules were controlled by me, I had a thorough plan.
'Twas good when all things went my way and no one interfered;
I had no one to answer to, my way was always cleared.

But years of this brought me no joy, though fortunes I'd amassed;
It seemed that all the things I owned would oh, so soon be past.
I had no friends that knew my plight, I kept myself at bay,
They all had troubles of their own; besides, what could they say?

They envied me with all my wealth, they never saw my pain,
I had life altogether, what more was there to gain?
But loneliness is terrible and emptiness is sad,
There seems no purpose for each day, no reason to be glad.

So now I wait; why? I don't know, but life for me must change.
There must be more than fortunes, a way to rearrange.
There has to be a purpose, and someone surely knows,
Why life is complicated, and days so full of woes.

Perhaps you have the answer, perhaps you know the route,
Perhaps you've traveled here before; if so, please help me out.
If need be, I'll be patient, I'll even take advice;
I'll gladly make the changes, no matter what the price.

I don't need independence, I've had my round of that;
I long for understanding, to know just where I'm at.
Someday I hope to thank you because you saw my need,
Perhaps with greater meaning, with purpose, not with greed.

I don't know how I got here, what lies ahead of me,
I'm grateful there'll be changes, I'm grateful to be free.

Maybe you are a workout fanatic, or maybe you just want to add an extra boost of nutrients to your diet. Whatever the case may be, we wanted to get the rundown on the sports supplements out there and whether they’re worth the hype or not. There are all kinds of supplements out there from pre-workouts to protein powder to BCAAS. There are also many claims that come with these various powders. Some rave about their “fat-burning” effects while others claim their supplements give you “increased strength.” We wanted to get to the bottom of these claims and find out what the healthiest options are if you’re looking to add to your repertoire of sports supplements, or if you’re a first-time gym goer and want to know what all the hype is about when it comes to these supplements.

 

 

When you read the label of some of the sports supplements out there with claims of strength, increased endurance, and the promise to help you lose weight, it’s hard not to buy them. The benefits sound too good to be true, so you buy the product, but you may not know exactly what you’re consuming. So we need to delve in to see if they are actually healthy for our bodies or not. Dr. Geraldine Moses from the University of Queensland’s School of Pharmacy explains, “People only think about the benefit and don’t think about the harm. Drug companies don’t have to substantiate what kind of benefit there really is and they get away without telling us about the potential harm.” So let’s look at the most popular ones: pre-workouts, protein powder, and BCAAS, or branched-chain amino acids.

 

Pre-workouts help boosts your performance and helps get that sweat going. The caffeine content can give you a real push. However, Dr. Moses suggests sticking with a cup of coffee instead of a scoop of pre-workout because you know where the stimulants are coming from. Then we have a protein powder that everyone seems to be obsessed with. But there are sometimes harmful ingredients we may overlook. But many experts say that a general rule would be getting your nutrients from your diet first before supplementing with other products. When it comes to BCAAS, these are what help grow and build our muscles. There is still research being done to see if these supplements have any long-term benefits. You can actually save money and get your needed amino acids from whole foods because our bodies absorb real foods better, plus you’ll be getting other nutrients along with that. So whatever you decide to take, be sure to look at the ingredients and don’t forget to have a good workout!