Have you ever finished your morning run or perhaps your fitness-training regimen in the local gym and noticed that your muscles really hurt? This pain is caused by the build-up of lactic acid and the micro tearing of the muscle fibers that you overstressed during your workout.
Lactic Acid build-up is a normal by-product of inflammation and micro tearing after a tough or perhaps an unaccustomed workout. Lactic acid can be very toxic. For example: when a person experiences chest pain from an occlusion in one of their coronary arteries, the associated pain is due to a lack of oxygenated blood being able to adequately perfuse the cardiac muscle. This causes cell breakdown and build-up of Lactic Acid. If this is not mitigated and reversed, permanent cellular damage will occur and they will experience a heart attack.
A very similar scenario plays out when overstress your muscles due to running those extra 2 miles or you increase the number of sets that you do, by 25 percent, in the weight room. Later that day or the next, you will feel that pain and severe soreness caused by those micro tears and Lactic Acid build-up. In this case the root cause is different, but the ending result is similar…Lactic Acid build up.
In either case, there needs to be a buffering of the acid. In the case of the person’s heart, the only effective solution is to increase the blood perfusion to the affected tissues and wash out the metabolites causing the acidic environment. In the case of post-exercise muscle stress causing a build-up of Lactic Acid, this will be buffered through natural means by the body. This process can be enhanced and best served by keeping your diet predominantly alkaline. Dr. Robert Young, in his book “The pH Miracle” states that; “proper aerobic exercise—paired with a proper alkaline diet—allows your body to access electrical energy in the form of electrons from fat. You’ll increase your electrical energy, strength, and endurance and move acids out of your body at the same time!” This is an empowering concept that each of us should incorporate into our lifestyles as we look to mitigate our health in a positive way.
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