Avoiding supplement misuse

Supplements can and do help people’s body reach its fitness goals, but misuse of said supplements can harm, rather than help their bodies.

Physical education instructor Shane Toal explained that overusing supplements can
cause jaundice, which according to Wellness.com, is a visual symptom of liver toxicity which can lead to bruising or bleeding when the liver fails to produce blood clots.

“Creatine has been getting a lot of mixed reviews,” Toal said. “What some people do not realize is when you take creatine, you have to increase your intake of water.

“Body builders misuse supplements,” Toal said. “They take way more than they need.”

Toal explained that long-term misuse of creatine can lead to a “major let down” in the future, causing loss of weight and muscle mass. He recommended cycling it.

Wrestling head coach Don Garriot is for supplements when the amount is not irrational.

“I definitely think science helps athletics if it’s done within reason and if it’s done with a lot of information.

“I don’t think guys should just grab things and start taking things. They should do a lot of research on (them and) talk to doctors about (them).

“My theory has always been to work hard and just rest, you know, and natural things will take care of (themselves).”

An alternative would be to have a healthy diet, a good structured workout and to switch up workout routines.

Freshman wrestler Java Maglasang uses protein and creatine in the off season.

“With protein, it helps me recover from my workouts. Creatine helps me work out a little bit longer and a little bit harder.”

Maglasang is aware of the harm that supplement overuse can cause.

“Creatine causes dehydration, so you always want to stay hydrated.”
Supplements like protein and creatine have labeled instructions on how to take the product properly. Misuse of the supplement can leave you with harmful heath issues.