How to Keep Lactic Acid From Holding You Back!

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Most of us at one point or another have experienced muscle ache, burning, rapid breathing, nausea, and stomach pain during exercise, caused by lactic acid build up.

Our bodies utilize oxygen to break down glucose for energy during a workout; we begin to breathe faster as we attempt to get more oxygen to our working muscles. Sometimes there’s not enough oxygen available to complete the process, which results in a substance called lactate being created in our muscles. Our body can convert this lactate to energy without using oxygen, but the painful part is if the buildup happens faster than we can burn it off.

This means our body is trying to slam on the brakes, in essence, telling us to stop what we are doing; thankfully, it’s a temporary condition. There’s too much acid built up in our bloodstream, which causes the muscle fatigue and other physical discomfort during a workout.

Our bodies are intelligent machines and it’s the natural defense for the body to prevent permanent damage by slowing down the vital structures needed to preserve muscle contraction.

Once our bodies slow down, oxygen is more readily available, allowing continued aerobic metabolism and energy for the body to recover from the exercise we are doing.

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If we want to go the extra mile to ensure we are doing everything we can to prevent the buildup of lactic acid, we can manage it through diet too. Increasing our intake of magnesium, foods rich in fatty acids, and high in vitamin B, are extremely helpful to our bodies in processing lactic acid. If we really want to help we can take baking soda, because it is an alkaline substance, it helps to neutralize the lactic acid that may build up in the muscles.