If you're one of the 207,000 people in Britain who have joined the running tribe since the start of lockdown, or if you've recently rediscovered your love for it after many years, then good on you. But have you ever wondered if certain supplements can help enhance and support your running journey?
Being a runner myself, I understand how frustrating it can be when you're suddenly hit with a wave of fatigue, extra muscle soreness for days on end or inflammation that appears out of nowhere. While it's a good idea to look for professional advice, many people often overlook their daily diet and if a nutritional deficiency could be to blame.
Unless you're eating your greens every day, looking after your gut, nourishing your body with real food and squeezing in a good amount of sleep per night (at the very least), then a vitamin and mineral deficiency can be pretty common.
In order to maintain your athletic health and overall wellbeing, it's essential that you replenish what you lose. While we always promote nourishing your body with real food first, we understand how tough it can be to do so in the modern world.
For runners, we find supplementing your diet (along with real food), with these 5 supplements can help to keep your body healthy and happy...
Although magnesium can be found in many foods, many of us still struggle to consume enough of it. Signs of deficiency include poor sleep, a lack of energy, brain fog and even muscle contractions.
Seeing as magnesium helps to regulate muscle and nerve function, it's really important that runners get sufficient amounts of it. If we don't, we could experience more muscle twitching, cramping and spasming. Now how about that cramping calf?
Another really important benefit of magnesium is its ability to help boost sleep quality. And we all know how important sleep is for recovery, right?
Collagen is mostly known for its beauty benefits and rightly so. But did you know collagen can help support your athletic performance too?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and acts as a scaffolding for the soft tissue in our bodies. When it comes to running, collagen can help by protecting both the soft tissues and joints. Not only that, but it can help enhance your recovery.
We all know that running can be a little tough on our bodies at times, especially our joints, so it's no surprise to hear that more and more runners are reading into the benefits of collagen..
Don't worry, we haven't gone nuts. Turmeric, the ancient spice that many people love to put in their curries, is also known as the wonder spice in the health industry.
You see, Turmeric contains curcumin, an anti-inflammatory compound, and can play an important role in recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage.
When it comes to our joints, turmeric is well-know for its anti-inflammatory properties too. For runners in particular, turmeric can help with the acute—or short-term—inflammation in the joints after a long run. A 2017 study found that those who supplemented with curcumin had less overall muscle soreness than those who did not.
A lack of vitamin D can cause bones to weaken, which can lead to bone deformities and put runners at risk of stress fractures. Bone pain and tenderness is often the most well-known consequence of osteomalacia in adults. If left unchecked, vitamin D deficiency can also cause osteoporosis, stress-related fractures, skeletal diseases, metabolic disorders, cardiovascular disease and more.
Of course, the most obvious way to get more vitamin D is from the glorious sunshine, but seeing as we live in the UK, it's not always easy for us Brits, is it?
If you're not getting enough Vitamin D in your diet from food alone, a high-strength vitamin D supplement is your next best bet.
We all know Vitamin C is a pretty big deal in the nutrition world, but did you know it's really important for runners too? How? It helps aid the repair and growth of the tissues in our body.
Because Vitamin C isn't stored in our body, we have to consume it in our diet every single day in order to keep our levels topped up. If you're a runner and you also participate in strenuous training for extensive periods of time, you may have increased needs for vitamin C (as well as other micronutrients) compared to sedentary individuals.
We're pretty serious about Vitamin C at Primal and we suggest an intake of 1000mg a day (find out why here).
To browse our Vitamin C range, click here.
Perfect for both your gut and immune health.
If you often find yourself with tummy issues (bloating, excessive gas, runners tummy, etc), regular fatigue or low mood, then a high-quality probiotic can help support your microbiome for a healthier, happier you.
Probiotics work by boosting your gut of good bacteria which your gastrointestinal system needs in order to reduce the breakdown of the gut's barrier. Even if you're eating all the right foods, if your gastrointestinal system fails to absorb them, then the chances of you getting all the good bacteria that you need are pretty slim.
To understand more about probiotics and how they can help support your immune system and overall gut health,