The Supplements I Take
By Michael Harland
Let me start this by saying I’ve run the spectrum when it comes to supplements. I went from taking none, to taking pretty much everything on the market when we were selling supplements at the gym. I was given samples galore and explored them all. Some I liked, some I didn’t, and below is the outcome of that.
I also want to mention that supplements are only an aid to an already healthy lifestyle. They’re a “just in case” measure or a tool to help you break through a plateau. They are not the thing that gets you results.
You create your own results based on the dedication to your healthy lifestyle. If you eat like shit a fat burner isn’t going to make you healthy. If you sleep 3 hours a night and demolish pre-workout to wake up, understand that that’s just not healthy. Protein bars taste great, but aren’t a real, whole food and shouldn’t be counted as a daily meal for yourself. If it’s a choice between a Snicker’s Bar or a Quest Bar, pick the Quest Bar. At least you’ll get some protein, but don’t think that that will ever replace chicken or eggs or any other real protein source.
So what do I take?
Vitamin B & D
I had blood work done and I am deficient in both of these. The supplements just ensure I’m where I need to be in regards to these numbers. I use Thorne Research products for any item like this.
Barlean’s Ultra High Potency Fish Oil
I’m not a fish eater. I try, but I’ve got cooking chicken, beef and pork down to a science, so they’re much easier for me to keep on track with. I do, however, understand the importance of consuming omega’s daily; heart health, brain health, inflammatory response, etc… So since I won’t be getting this through my food consumption, I supplement it in.
Barlean’s Organic Greens
I start each day with a mixture of ACV (for gut health), lemon (same), and these organic greens. They contain a ton of great things, are made well, and help to mask the flavor of the other 2 ingredients. They also mix easily so there’s no clumping when I drink it.
Spirulina and Chlorella
“Our Spirulina & Chlorella Tablets are a 50/50 blend of two potent, chlorophyll and protein-rich algae. Combined, they provide a full array of micro and macro nutrients including all the essential amino acids, vitamins B1, B2, B6, and B12, magnesium, iron, zinc, healthy fats and vitamin A (beta-carotene). The two algae complement each other perfectly, containing antioxidants (carotenoids) and anti-inflammatory compounds to boost immunity, while simultaneously working to detoxify and alkalize the body. This powerful green superfood nutrition aids the body in maintaining optimal health on the molecular level. Consuming Spirulina and Chlorella daily is a highly recommended practice for strengthening and elevating your body’s nutritional profile.”
Again, the reason for this is gut health. The rest of the body won’t work well if your gut doesn’t, so I do my best to keep it healthy.
OWYN Vegan Vanilla Protein
2 or 3 times a week I’ll grab this. It’s usually because I’m rushed or missed the timing of a meal I was supposed to have and want to make sure that I’m hitting my daily requirements. Also, sometimes I’ll make an ice cream out of my smoothie meals for a fun treat. I’ve come to realize that this is still a processed food item and not something I need to consume daily. Real food makes me fuller, is better for me, and is the first thing I go to.
Why vegan? My stomach just isn’t a fan of whey proteins. I would much rather have a quality 100% whey isolate (like Isopure), but that’s just not in my best interest…
I added this in because I do drink it each morning. I love my morning routine or brewing some fresh coffee, drinking my morning cocktail, and then sitting down with my coffee to start writing. Well, we all know it’s a stimulant, so I’m using it to get a little pep in the morning and hit the gym as soon as I’m done writing/emailing each morning.
Something I hope people consider is that supplementation is not meant to replace hard work and dedication. They are not the be all, end all and do not determine your results. You determine your results based on your level of commitment. Is there a protein shake you like drinking? Well, drink it! Just make sure there’s a reason for it; it allows you to hit your daily caloric/macro needs. Don’t drink it because it helps you lose weight. It doesn’t. Your lifestyle determines your weight. Are you tired and need a pick me up? Have some pre-workout! Just don’t think it’s the thing that is going to help you get better results and don’t think that you need it every day of your life. Work on your mindset and allow that to get you where you need to go.