Hi all, my question is whether baking soda would be a good substance to include in small amounts as a dietary supplement to reduce acidity of the blood. Is it not the case that the body is the best regulator of internal fluid PH(blood, interstitial fluid, etc.). Would there be any benefit to including baking soda, say after a workout to assist in buffering lactic acid build-up?
PersonMan, you've asked some good questions, but what about participating in some other ways too? like answering some.
I was trying to figure out why someone would downvote your question (which wasn't me btw) and I suspect that what I say above might be why. Also, I've seen on several question that you seem frustrated by some of the answers people give you and you challenge them directly in the comments. Then people sorta snap back at you. I only tell you this to help.
You took the time to fill out your profile and description about yourself and you seem a decent fellow, I hate to killayou... oh oops sorry. Princess Bride moment. I mean... you seem a decent fellow with some really diverse interests.
Good luck PM,
The question of pH balance is answered very nicely by Ed here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/14192/is-urine-ph-useful-as-a-measure-of-acid-base-balance .
You already have a couple devices that reduce acidity in the blood. Also known as kidneys. As long as you get enough glutamine in your diet to go along with the protein you eat, you are good to go, no need to worry about your calcium stores. (If you run short on glutamine, which is really hard to do when you're healthy because you make some of your own conditionally, you have your calcium stores as a backup. Also known as bones.) Happily, meat comes with its own glutamine.
Oh my goodness. I was just going to pass on what they taught me in the Army, that if you breathe properly during exercise you get less lactic acid buildup. What do you know, that's not true! Also, it's a fuel, not a waste product! Read this. It's recent, from about five years ago. I should have known. This was another issue where the experts guessed instead of conducting studies. Shame, shame... So I'm going to guess, based on that information, that the better-trained you get, the more efficiently your muscles use the lactic acid, the better you'll feel after a workout.
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