How to pick the right supplement is a question that I get both as a pharmacist and as a trainer. This article will start off a series on specific performance-oriented supplements, but first we have to run through some basic guidelines when looking through the plethora of available products.
The name “The Primal Pharmacist” can conjure a lot of different preconceived notions about what I am here to offer, so I’m going to lay a few ground rules to clarify what is to come. First, I’m a Doctor of Pharmacy who enjoys educating people about fitness and performance nutrition. Second, I chose to use the word “primal” because I believe it incorporates many of the fundamental themes I teach in optimizing an individual’s lifestyle. Using this word does not mean I am a strict Paleo or primal eater, and it does not mean that I exclusively exercise in a loin cloth…although on second thought, summers in Virginia are pretty hot.
I do, however, enjoy the primal mentality’s simplicity and efficiency. The diverse challenges that our ancestors faced created an ever-adapting and evolving individual which I hope to help foster in the modern human. Challenging ourselves, whether physically or mentally in today’s society, pushes us to adapt and grow as individuals.
Expect me to challenge myself and my readers to look at the current health trends with a scientific eye. Expect me to assess new literature on diet and exercise to better understand how we work and how we can make ourselves better.
Expect me to ask the most of my readers by encouraging you to challenge me with questions and comments.
We live in a time of fantastic information exchange and medical knowledge growth. I hope to help people capitalize on that and together we can grow to be healthier and stronger people.
At the end of the day, this website and blog is chiefly about me reaching out and helping people. Whether you have been working out for years and train others or are just trying to figure out your best path to wellness, I hope I can contribute to your growth.