Coach Robb's Quick Tips: Should you supplement to ride your best?
I received a phone call from a rider who wanted to know if taking vitamins was going to help him recover from Epstein Barr.
The answer is maybe.
The key to any level of health, wellness and ultimately performance is consistent intake of fresh fruits, vegetables and lean protein. Nutrition is literally that simple. Supplementation is designed to "supplement" your raw food intake - if you are not getting enough, supplement with some extra.
I only recommend that supplementation become part of a riders program when the rider is burning up more of a certain trace mineral or vitamin during riding, racing and cross training. The way I determine if a rider needs additional supplementation is to have a full blood panel drawn and evaluated. Please note, when you receive your blood panel back, the ranges that are denoted as "good" are only a range that represents the absence of disease. Your numbers need to be based on true health and performance! If you don't have a qualified person available to read your blood results, please forward me a copy and I will have it reviewed by a qualified physician who understands the demands of riding and racing.
Please email me if you have any questions or need anything clarified.
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