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Baking Soda and Lactic Acid in Muscle(7 posts)

Baking Soda and Lactic Acid in MuscleWoof the dog
Aug 17, 2001 9:15 PM
I just got this info from a friend. If you drink 2 dissolved tablespoons of baking soda (before and during? a race), it makes your muscles hurt less in a race (or after). His explanation is that Baking Soda acts against lactic acid in muscles....how? I don't know, I haven't researched this yet. What ya all think?

Sincerely

Woof the baking dog
re: Baking Soda and Lactic Acid in MuscleJohnG
Aug 17, 2001 9:35 PM
I've done it a couple of times to stops post ride cramps. Seemed to work but that's pretty anecdotal.

Lactic acid "tolorance" and the training techniques to build up the LA threshold seems to be pretty popular right now. Lots of books cover this subject and HR monitoring.

JohnG
re: Baking Soda and Lactic Acid in Muscleflag
Aug 17, 2001 10:21 PM
tried this once after a run, same deal a friend told me it worked well. anyway the baking soda made me burb like mad, i literally felt like i was going to explode. maybe i took it to fast, but i think its hard to take slowly because it tastes horrible. anyway try it if you like, but for me i'd rather suffer through sore legs than try that again.
They once got nailed with a lawsuit ...Humma Hah
Aug 18, 2001 7:30 AM
... there is now a warning label on baking soda containers about it's use as an antiacid. My old company was involved in the investigation. Some fool stuffed himself to the gills, ate until his belly was stretched full. Then, suffering from discomfort and thinking he needed an antiacid, he took a few tablespoons full of baking soda. His stomach DID explode!

The case was extreme stupidity, but the company lost it, and there is now a warning not to use the product as an antiacid if you are really full.
True for me andcoonass
Aug 18, 2001 5:39 AM
Chapter 24 (Bicarbonate buffers Acid) of "Optimum Sports Nutrition" by Dr. Michael Colgan (ISBN 0-9624840-5-9)explains it's effects...I do take a little during a ride and generally afterwards to ward off LA...All I can tell you is, it works for me. However, Colgan cautions that you should be aware that under the right conditions and wrong amounts, it will cause diarrhea.
(Chapter 23 is titled 'Beating the Burn' also makes good reading)
Carbonate ions may also ...Humma Hah
Aug 18, 2001 7:26 AM
... increase your blood's ability to absorb oxygen. Has something to do with interaction with phosphate due to pH changes. Increased oxygen uptake would tend to reduce lactic acid formation.
I hear endurox R4 does the same thing for you (nm)Lone Gunman
Aug 18, 2001 11:28 AM