Let’s talk about supplements – Stabroek News

Good health and well-being are things we should all strive for. We should be comfortable in our own situations in life, happy with the decisions that have brought us to where we are today, and with our health status – wellbeing can mean something different to everyone. Unfortunately, things like immunity and health are often taken for granted because life can be so busy at times that things get overlooked.

The best way to keep fit and healthy is to eat a nutrient-rich diet that includes plenty of vegetables, fruits and other healthy ingredients. Exercise also has a part to play, even if it means working out at home. And, as hard as it can be, keeping a lid on stress will help, too.

There are also a handful of supplements that can help boost your overall health and well-being.

Protein powder

Your immune system needs adequate protein to function properly. Although you can get protein from foods such as eggs, meat, fish, poultry, nuts, lentils, and some grains, cooking these foods is not always practical.

The good news is that you can use protein powders to give your body the protein it needs to stay healthy.

Protein powders mix easily with water to make a smooth and delicious shake. They are very digestible too. Protein powders also contain a range of added vitamins and minerals to support your health and improve your recovery after exercise.

Not eating enough protein means your body has to break down muscle tissue to get the amino acids it needs – a process called catabolism. Lost muscle mass will affect your physical performance and metabolism.

Eating enough protein, about one gram per pound of body weight, can help maintain muscle mass and, because protein has a high thermal effect, also increase fat burning. Protein is also very satiating, so it will help prevent unwanted hunger pangs and cravings.


Most people who use glutamine do so for the effect of boosting recovery. It is also useful for reducing post-exercise muscle soreness, increasing protein metabolism, and accelerating fat burning.

However, glutamine is also good for promoting gut health, which is essential for a properly functioning immune system.

Glutamine is also a key ingredient for glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from damage.

Glutamine, an isolated amino acid, is very easy to use. Add one serving of five grams to 10 oz. of water and drink it down. Alternatively, you can add it to juices, smoothies, or shakes.

Amino chain amino acids (BCAAs)

Your body contains about 60% water. It uses water for essential processes, including temperature regulation, lubrication, nutrient transport, and keeping your skin supple. Although you can go for several weeks without food, only a few days without water can be fatal. Water is vital to your health and wellbeing.

Many people are mildly dehydrated most of the time. This can cause a range of problems, from low energy levels to sluggish digestion to headache and unspecified back pain. Dehydration can also affect your immunity.

Drinking a quarter to a half gallon of water a day can help prevent dehydration, but you may benefit from more than just plain water.

BCAAs contain electrolytes, which are minerals commonly lost during sweating and urination. BCAAs help make sure the fluids you eat end up in the right places in your body, inside cells. BCAAs also contain vitamins and minerals that can help boost energy and immunity. Drink BCAAs several times a day instead of sugar-laden sodas and juices.

Final thoughts

Although none of the products listed are a cure for illness, all will still have a significant impact on your mental and physical well-being. Eating as healthy as you can, exercising where it suits you and your lifestyle, and using some well-chosen supplements should help improve your overall health and well-being.