What is a Steroid?
The specific type of steroids we’ll be talking about are the most commonly spoken about ones, Anabolic steroids.
Anabolic steroids can be used to help build bigger muscles, faster. When we work on building our muscles through training, we create micro tears in our muscle fibres, and every time it heals, it grows back bigger. Anabolic Steroids stimulate the male sex hormone testosterone, which Facilitates muscle growth and helps increase the results.
Anabolic steroids can help you builder bigger, better and leaner muscles and can be taken orally or through injections. The taboo around them has existed for a very long time, but they can be both helpful and also have some side effects.
- Promotes muscle building
- Reduces “Overtraining” and allows you to work out longer and harder
- Enhance athletic performance
- Faster recovery
- Higher blood pressure
- Increased body hair
- Increased Cholesterol
- Fertility Issues
- Potential for impotence
- Heart disease
We can see without a doubt that there are both good and bad effects, However due to the fact that anabolic steroids are illegal without prescription and the fact that some of the side effects can be life altering or even life ending, I for one would see the potential risk to be far to high. Especially considering we have supplements that we know can help us achieve fast effective results, there are a plethora of peer reviewed studies to show this. Granted the effectiveness of Anabolic Steroids is much greater but the risks are also infinitely greater.
What is a Supplement?
Dietary supplements can be a variety things i.e.; Vitamins, Minerals, herbal or botanical, amino acids, Concentrate, metabolite, constitute or extract. Depending on what you want to do and what your goals are, there are so many supplements you can take to help you achieve your goals.
Some key supplements that you should include in your daily routine to help achieve muscle growth and better definition are:
- Whey protein:
Protein is one of the most widely used supplements, and for good reason, it will increase your daily protein intake quickly and prevent your body from entering catabolism.
Creatine helps boost your ability to utilise more energy under strain, it’s a nitrogenous organic acid that already occurs naturally in your body.
By the time we get our food, after it has been refined, packed and shipped to us, it has already some of it nutritional value. A multivitamin can help make sure we’re all getting enough of the good stuff we need to nourish our bodies properly.
While it is obvious there is a temptation people to use anabolic steroids, the research is clear; Steroids come with extreme risk. We each take risks every day, we all have that little risk to benefit scale in out minds. For some people the scale can tip towards the benefit even when undertaking extremely risky activities. Some people like to skydive, some like to race high powered cars, some like to tight rope walk. None of these are activities I would personally undertake, but I realise its also not my place to judge. Definitely something to think about when condemning people for their actions. With all that said this girl will be sticking to her good old reliable supplements. Fast, Effective and without the risks. Ill leave the Anabolic Steroids up to the doctors.