I’ve taken nutritional supplements for most of my life – from the age of about 18. Earlier on, when I was a full-time gymnast, it was just the thing to do. Everyone was taking supplements. Some people I knew and competed against were on steroids. Later on, when I discovered the truth about the poor state of our food supplies, I started taking them for their true purpose – to supplement my nutrition.

So I know about the rubbish that can be legally put in supps and still be called “natural”. I’ve researched the subject thoroughly and am still shocked when I read the back labels on most high street and internet brands at what’s in them. But the other day it came home to me that this issue can cause more than just health problems.

Five months ago, a promising boxer called Dillian Whyte packed his bags for a training camp, said goodbye to his family and told them the next time they saw him, he’d be the English heavyweight boxing champion.

Two weeks later, the 24-year-old received a phone call from the UK Anti-Doping Agency saying they’d found a banned stimulant in a urine sample he’d provided. He’d inadvertently taken it in a protein mix that is readily available in the high street and on the internet. It’s massive in gyms all over the world, even though it’s been linked with deaths on both sides of the Atlantic.

The positive test meant he was immediately banned for 2 years, so no title shot, and no way to financially support his wife and 3 children. The problem for Dillian – and British boxers Ryan Barrett, Tony Dodson and Enzo Maccarinelli before him – is that many supplements on the market may be legal for you and me, but are forbidden to elite athletes because they contain banned performance-enhancing substances. But by the sound of it, they were lucky to escape with their lives.
Even though it was banned last August, Dillian managed to get hold of his tub in October.

So all I can say is when you’re buying your supps and proteins, etc., please, please check the back label for anything that looks or sounds unnatural. Google the names of the contents to check what they are.

You should only ever put truly natural ingredients in your body. That applies to your supplements as importantly as it should to your food. In fact, your supps should be able to be sold as food. If you want any more information, check out my free download “the truth about most supplements” at skipsnakedhealth.com

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