Fight the Burn With Baking Soda!

These Insanity Workouts have definitely been hard, and I get quite the muscle burn during some of the exercises in some of the workouts.  I took to the web to try to find a way to combat that, and I was surprised to find that baking soda and water can really make a difference.  The original article I read, which I can no longer find, mentioned 300 mg in a glass of water while working out – unless I completely misread that.  This is what I’ve been doing and I have noticed a difference.  Even if it’s just the placebo effect, it’s still positive and that’s all I need.

I’ve come across other articles that say more like 300 mg per kg of body weight, such as this one: baking-soda-may-beat-muscle-burn.  For me that would that would work out as follows:  I’m 213 lbs, which is roughly 97 kg X 300 mg = 29.1 grams!  That sounds like a lot.  Another article suggested 200 mg per kg of body weight: q-a-using-bicarbonate-to-buffer-lactic-acid-in-athletes-2.  That works out to 19.4 grams, and that still seems like a lot of baking soda to me – a table spoon is about 15 grams.  I think I’ll stick to my 300 mg per glass of water.

Potential Side Effects

  • It can cause diarrhea for some people.
  • Bad for blood pressure – 20 grams of baking soda contains about 5 grams of salt.

Muscle Pain After Workout

It’s called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)  It’s normal after a new or very hard workout, and it’s basically microscopic tears in your muscle fibers.  Unfortunately, baking soda won’t help with this.

Muscle Pain During Workout

Lactic acid is a by-product when the muscles use carbohydrates to create energy for exercise. Lactic acid then breaks down into hydrogen ions and lactate, and it’s the hydrogen ions that cause the pain.

How Baking Soda Fights Muscle Burn

Baking soda and water create an alkaline solution that helps buffer the acidity level within the blood and muscles. Reduced acidity means a balanced blood pH level, which in turn means no more muscle burn.

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My Fitness Blog to help me keep myself on track, and to be able to go back and look at what I've done.
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