This baking soda trick can change your exercise routine forever. Baking soda is able to absorb the lactic acid that builds up in muscles during intense workouts. In turn it helps delay fatigue and enhance your athletic performance.
Baking Soda and Exercise
According to Food and Nutrition Sciences, a build-up of acid inside the muscle cell is a factor responsible for muscular fatigue. Thus, the total muscular capacity is limited by the progressive increase in acidity within the muscles caused by an accumulation of lactate and H+ ions. This inhibits energy transfer and the ability of muscles to contract. The body’s defense against this is bicarbonate buffers, which help neutralize the acid produced by intense exercise.
Since baking soda is an alkalizing agent, it reduces the acidity of the blood (the buffering action). This action may be able to draw more of the acid within the muscle cells out into the bloodstream, and thus reduce the level of acidity within the muscle cells. This in turn can delay the onset of fatigue.
You can consume baking soda by drinking a teaspoon with water.
Source: Living Traditionally