Adding Supplements to a Foundation of Nutrition

We hope you’re all having a wonderful week and staying safe! Although the shutdowns are causing a large amount of change in the daily lives of many, this could be the perfect time to focus on pursuing better nutrition, exercising, and researching supplement options. 

Last week, we covered the popular, incorrect mentality that working out well is what’s needed most to meet your goals. We wrote that working out is something we undoubtedly support and love participating in -- but, as professionals, we can confidently say it’s not the end all be all when it comes to achieving your health and fitness wants. Similar to our statement “proper nutrition before supplementation,” you need proper nutrition before successfully working out, too.

We also love this similar quote from Conner Hefferman, who says it’s necessary to be “focusing on the fundamentals before dabbling in the finer arts.” Having covered the foundation of nutrition and the human need for it, we’re now going to dive into the original and current purposes of supplements.

Original Purpose

Vitamins (now known as a type of supplement) were used to treat “deficiency diseases” in the 1700s.

These diseases were:

Caused by something missing in the diet rather than by the presence of a toxic substance or infectious organism [and] required a change in perspective on the part of scientists, medical practitioners, and the public. The change was made more difficult because these mysterious substances could not be isolated, seen, or measured. Their absence caused horrible diseases, yet health was miraculously restored by seemingly small corrections to diet.

This perspective change provided the foundation for the supplement industry that has really exploded over the past century -- the last 50 years especially.

Current Purpose

Today, supplements such as those specific to nutrition and fitness are widely used. We’re going to focus on their use in the fitness industry since that’s our area of expertise! Once caloric and protein intake are accounted for (aka, nutrition), it has been shown that supplements such as pre- or post-workout can hold positive advantages in terms of the rate at which body goals can be met.

Factors that affect supplements’ effectiveness include: 

  • Training status (e.g. novice vs. advanced or recreational vs. competitive athlete)
  • Duration of exercise
  • Number of training sessions per day
  • Number of competitive events per day

How Supplements Work WITH Nutrition

As we’ve been emphasizing in this blog series lately, supplements on their own will not give your body all it needs. “Food before supplements, always” is what our co-founder and formulator, Raul Hiteshew, likes to say.

Food gives the human body the essential nutrients it needs -- its array of nutrients and substances work synergistically to assist our bodies in a manner pills and powders cannot act as a substitute for. Nonetheless, supplements can assist significantly with the body’s processes as a manner of reaching goals more quickly.

The goals a supplement can help you meet depend on the specific supplement and the purpose for which it was created. Certain supplements do things such as:

  • Increase strength and endurance with sharp energy
  • Reduce free radicals and increases serotonin levels
  • Maximize muscle synthesis
  • Repair damaged cells reducing delayed onset muscle soreness

In the next blog, we’ll be discussing more of the specific functions of various supplements. We’ll also cover certain HiveFit supplements that may be a good fit for you and your unique goals, so check back next week!

How could supplements help you reach your goals? If you’re ready to check ours out and read more about their abilities, head on over to!