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Can i build muscles depending on natural foods only or i need supplements and protein and hormones?

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Dr. Robert Kwok answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Varied natural diet: Most supplements are not studied enough by researchers because these supplements are not FDA-approved drugs for treating particular disorders. Nobody knows for sure what happens if a person takes performance-enhancing supplements. So, it is best for all athletes to train and build their bodies the natural way, with healthy nutritious foods, avoiding sports supplements or body-building supplements.

Answered 10/18/2018

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Dr. Harold Mandel answered

Specializes in General Practice

Well rounded diet: Both good nutrition and regular physical activity are vital if you want to gain lean muscle. If you eat a well rounded diet of high quality natural foods this should be sufficient for your nutrition. Some good foods to help build lean muscle are eggs, salmon, Greek yogurt, chicken breast, soybeans, turkey breast, peanuts, almonds, milk and tofu. Best of luck with your health and well being!

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Dr. Ronald Krauser answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

See details: Weight training is essential. Protein supplements can help especially when taken after exercise. Studies have suggested that low doses of creatine can help without any risk. Natural foods have no value for this issue. Hormones (testosterone) is very dangerous and associated with increased risk of heart disease and atrophy of the testicles.

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Dr. Bernard Seif answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Muscle Building : Please start w/a visit to your doc to make sure all is well medically so you can exercise and then see a certified trainer at a gym who can create a program of exercise for your needs. Good nutrition is a factor. Avoid muscle formulas except for free range whey protein shakes. Peace and good health.

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