Any successful bodybuilder takes a post workout supplement. Not only do they replenish the body of the fuel and nutrients lost from intense workouts, but they also help the body build more muscle. However, not all post-workout supplements are created equally. That said, it’s good to do your research before taking any. And to take the time to think what you hope to achieve with these supplements.
Some supplements are great for building rock solid muscle, while others are better for burning off fat, while some are best at netting you lean muscle. Most should offer fast recovery for the most optimal results possible. Either way, taking a muscle supplement comes with some great benefits. But some people may notice some odd side effects. Keep reading to learn more.
Increased Testosterone Levels
Although this seems like it would be a good thing, it’s actually not ideal for every person. Men can certainly benefit from higher testosterone levels, although some medical conditions may get worse with more testosterone. The best course of action is to choose a plant-based post workout supplement that naturally increases testosterone production. For some men, the extra testosterone can cause it to turn into estrogen, which is not ideal for men looking to build muscle.
Nervousness And Irritability
If you are thinking about a post workout supplement to burn fat more than build muscle, be aware that they can contain some not so good ingredients. Since we’re all different, certain ingredients may work well from some and not for others. Caffeine and other stimulants are such ingredients. Although they’re not often found in the post workout supplements, it’s still occurs sometimes. These simulating ingredients can cause long term nervousness, irritability, insomnia, and heart issues. You may even experience addiction and dependency.
Since many ingredients in muscle supplements are used to remove lactic acid build up from the body, they often also increase your likelihood of dehydration. Dehydration is a serious problem, and your body simply cannot work at its best if it doesn’t have enough water. So make sure to drink a lot of water alongside any supplements you are taking.
One of the better side effects of post workout supplements is that some improve your blood flow. Any supplements with arginine or nitric oxide work to relax and widen arteries to allow for optimal blood flow. This increases the oxygen and nutrients sent to the muscles that need some TLC. So you can get to the gym faster. Although it you have heart issues, this may not be a good thing. It would be best to speak with your doctor and do your own research before risking anything to do with your heart.
Build Leaner, Solid Muscle
Another good side effect is that with a post workout supplement you should see better muscle retention. This is because your body is receiving all of the nutrients, amino acids, and proteins it needs to build solid muscle. However, there is some research that many of the common ingredients in muscle supplements can create inflammation or even allergic reactions for some bodies.
Diarrhea And/Or Vomiting
If you consume too much of one thing, you may be at risk for diarrhea or vomiting. Vitamin C is one such ingredient that is safe enough to take a lot of, however many people still experience diarrhea as a side effect. In fact, it is impossible to overdose on vitamin C, but you can become severely dehydrated from diarrhea. So make sure to always read the directions on the supplement and follow them accordingly.
Another side effect of too much of any ingredient in the body is headaches and migraines. This can also be a symptom of dehydration, so always make sure you’re drinking enough water. Consult a doctor or a nutritionist if you aren’t sure why you are getting headaches, as something else could be wrong as well.