Pat Clayton doesn't think minors should be taking supplements.
The Calgary Stampeders athletic therapist emphatically insists healthy teens should first and foremost eat a well-balanced diet, drink plenty of water and get enough sleep.
In short, avoid trying to find health in a tub of powder.
"I really question the claims," Clayton says of the promises of bigger muscles, more strength and better stamina.
"I want to see scientific support for these things.
"There are a number (of products) out there that I don't know if you can be assured of what you're getting."
Still, if teens want to improve their physique with supplements such as protein powders, Clayton is willing to support the plan only if the following criteria are met.
Phase 1 is visit a physician.
"If (a doctor) says so, then they can move on to the next step," he says.
Phase 2 is see a nutritionist.
Once a proper diet is created and followed, Phase 3 should be brought into the picture -- weight training.
"This way they'll learn how to properly do the exercises," Clayton says.
"It may seem like a lot of effort but it puts it all into a controlled environment with the proper people who can assess these things."
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