This is a very popular question that I hear from most new clients. Right now, you are probably bombarded with advertisements for all types of supplements: energy, weight loss, recovery, nutrients, etc. The answer to this question depends on your goals and your current diet and exercise routine.

No matter your goals, here are the 2 best supplements available to you:

  1. sleep
  2. a diet rich in protein and vegetables

If you are embarking on a rigorous exercise regimen and are looking for extra energy, first examine your sleep habits. If you are getting fewer than 7 hours of good sleep every night, then you need to prioritize sleep before taking a supplement. Also, if you are frequently injured, sick, or sore, then first increase your sleep amount before taking a supplement. Weight loss and muscle gain are also very difficult to achieve without the optimal 7-9 hours of sleep per night.

A diet devoid of proper protein and vegetables will leave you lethargic and lacking in results from the gym. Eating the right proteins and vegetables is the foundation to base all your nutrition. If this is not already in place for you, then focus on this first.

Once sleep and diet are in place, then there are certain compounds the body may need to support the results you desire.

  1. Protein shakes: These are great if your goal is to lose weight or add muscle. Your muscles need the extra protein for growth and protein shakes are great snacks that are low in sugars to help aid your weight loss. Amino acid supplements can be a better choice to avoid any dairy components for those who are vegan or casein sensitive.
  2. Glutamine: This comes in a powder form. It supports recovery and your immune system. If you workout really hard, have a stressful life, or find yourself sick often, then this could be a good supplement for you.
  3. Calcium and Magnesium: Deficiency in these can lead to muscle cramps. Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxer. If you are tight after a workout, a powder or liquid form of magnesium can help relieve the muscle tension. Even simply sprinkling sea salt into your water can provide necessary minerals.
  4. Green Tea and Green Coffee Bean Extract: These are better sources of natural caffeine than coffee or an energy drink. If you need an extra boost to get through a hard workout, try a pill or drink that uses one of both of these ingredients. If you are sensitive to caffeine, try beet root powder or an No2 booster.

Remember to check with your doctor for any specific recommendations. There is such thing as too much of a good thing. Feel free to contact a fitness professional or doctor for any additional questions.