Sports Supplements for Swimmers: Are Vitamin Supplements Good For You?

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Sports Supplements for Swimmers: Are Vitamin Supplements Good For You?

To supplement or not to supplement? You don’t need a Shakespearean soliloquy to answer this question, but it is helpful to know when to take sports supplements as a part of your athletic training and nutritional program. In general, having a well-balanced diet is recommended. However, for many aspiring and elite level athletes, a balanced diet does not always provide your body with all the nutrients it needs to compete at that level of training.


Imagine your body is a car. 

An easy way to understand this is to think of yourself as a car which, like your body, is made up of many different parts. If you want to drive your car a short distance, you are going to need a little bit of fuel, or in your case, calories. The types of fuel, as well as the amount, are important.
Putting diesel into a regular car would hurt its performance, and putting in too little fuel might not get you where you need to go. Furthermore, a car requires oil, brake fluid, and a number of other factors for it to work effectively. Not having all of these in the right quantities means the car's performance will suffer - it can even damage the machine. Your body is no different. 
Athletes, however, are not "driving" short distances. So naturally, they will need more fuel as well as nutrients to work properly. Our philosophy is, "I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it." After all, would you rather drive home hoping you have enough gas or knowing that you do?
Below we've included a small list of those who should consider taking some form of supplements.


Athletes who train a lot.

The more you train, the more fuel and nutrients your body needs to carry on performing those actions. The right nutrients are critical to ensuring that your body is repairing itself correctly. If you are lacking certain minerals, you have a much higher chance of going to practice not fully recovered, which, at best, will give you a less effective workout, and at worst can lead to injuries. As mentioned, a healthy diet is a great start, however for intense level athletes it usually is not enough, and this is where supplementation is recommended.

If you are looking for a supplement in the form of liquid, the Performance Shake is a great choice. You can also read about whether to take the protein shake with milk or water. 


For the vegetarians and vegans out there

There are a ton of benefits associated with being a vegetarian and vegan, however, this dietary choice means you'll need to take extra care in making sure you provide your body with the nutrients that could be missing from your diet or are harder to acquire. Taking sports supplements is a great way to make sure you are not left with any potential "gaps" in your diet.

Take special care in making sure you get these nutrients:

  • Proteins
  • Vitamin D3
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin B12

Ultima Sports Performance Shake is a perfect choice for any vegetarians (especially vegetarian athletes) who want to make sure they are not missing out on any nutrients that they need on a daily basis.


Those who aren't eating as healthily as they should

If you fall into this category this will not only have a negative short term impact on your athletic performance and health but a long term one too. You can improve your diet by focusing on quality rather than quantity, and keeping in mind that the more colourful (meaning vegetables and fruits) your plate is, the healthier it is likely to be.

Supplements can be a great help, especially if you feel a healthy diet is hard to maintain given your demanding lifestyle. However, if you are serious about improving your athletic performance, changing to a healthier diet is a must.  


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