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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What natural supplements are considered good to optimize my body within training?

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    Dina Savitz

    Naturopath, Personal Trainer

    As an expert on natural health, fitness and well-being, I can work with you to provide a greater understanding of your health concerns. Whether it's … View Profile

    Looking at training, it really depends on what your training goals would be. As a naturopath, I like to treat each person as an individual. I am only going to recommend supplements according to that individual person’s fitness goal and what they will need to help support their training. An example of supplements could be magnesium, which is often taken in a powder form. It often contains a lot of other electrolytes in there that will help replace lost electrolytes which happens during training. It is also good for helping with muscle cramps, spasms, and that kind of thing. A lot of people find post-exercise, they get spasms and they may get a little bit of an energy drop, and magnesium will help with their energy, as well.

    A few other supplements I would say would be fish oil; that can help support joint health if someone has got a little bit of osteoarthritis or some tendonitis. It really depends on what the person’s specific fitness goals are according to what the supplements would be.

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    Chris Fonda

    Dietitian, Nutritionist, Sports Dietitian

    As an Accredited Sports Dietitian, APD and athlete (springboard diver), Chris has both professional and personal experience in sport at the sub-elite and elite level.Chris … View Profile

    This depends on your level of training, are you an elite athlete? amatuer? or regular gym goer? If you fit in the last two, I wouldn't recomend any supplements as you should be able to get all your nutrition to support your training through a well balanced diet. If your not a huge fan of fish, taking a fish oil supplement can help with joint health and a healthy heart. If you are an elite athlete, you may need some supplementation to support your increased training requirements or goals.

    There are alot of supplements out there and much of which are all just hype. If your looking for a natural protein supplement, a glass of low fat milk, skim milk powder, a piece of fruit and some low fat yoghurt is a far cheaper alternative to commercial protein powders.

    I would recommend you speak to an expert such as an Accredited Sports Dietitian or Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) to sort out a plan that works for you. You can find either by logging onto the Dietitians Association of Australias website (www.daa.asn.au) or Sports Dietitians Australia (www.sportsdietitians.com.au)

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