The natural health researchers at Institute for Vibrant Living (IVL) have investigated the natural remedies available for excess lactic acid production. Here is their report:
Lactic acid buildup is often blamed as the source of all many post-workout effects such as muscle fatigue and pain, but how much is really true?
Understanding how lactic acid is produced and how our body processes it gives a greater understanding of how our body works during extreme exertion.
How is Lactic Acid Produced?
During anaerobic exercise such as weight lifting or sprinting, more oxygen is required than is available.
Normally energy is produced through glycosis. Glycosis breaks down the glycogen which is stored in the muscles creating a by-product called pyruvic acid. This in turn converts to lactic acid which is released into the blood stream.
In short, when the body has an oxygen deficit during times of exertion, lactic acid is the primary by-product of the cell's glucose metabolism.
Once the lactic acid is produced, it takes about 30 minutes to reach the liver where it may be reconverted into pyruvic acid, released for further use by the muscles or converted to glycogen via aerobic metabolism.
Lactic acid therefore plays an important role in the production of energy.
Lactic Acid Buildup – The Bad
One of the side effects of acid buildup is lactic acidosis, where the level of lactic acid has escalated in the blood.
The signs to look for may include:
nausea and vomiting
pain in the stomach or lower abdomen
Lactic Acid – The Good?
Despite these unpleasant side effects of lactic acid buildup, lactic acid itself is believed to be good for the body during exercise as it prompts glucose production in the liver.
Lactic acid also helps the body cope with stress in high-intensity sports and becomes the main fuel for the brain at that point.
Furthermore, lactic acid is itself a quick energy source and is good for the heart and lungs.
How to Get Some Relief
However, it has been proven that lactic acid buildup causes fatigue. It may also trigger cramping and spasms if the muscles cannot relax.
Massage therapy can help by stretching, kneading and manipulating the muscle tissue. This increases circulation, thereby assisting in oxygen delivery and prompting rapid removal of waste.
Liver Maintenance Helpful
Lactic acid is produced by the body to some degree all day long and is converted by the liver into glucose which gives us energy.
It is only the sudden and excessive demand by the body for more energy that may produce lactic acid buildup with its associated unpleasant side effects.
Liver supplementation can be helpful by keeping the body's waste metabolism on an even keel - day in and day out.
The Institute for Vibrant Living offers an all-natural liver formula called Liver Clear. It helps to protect your body's precious toxin filter by promoting a natural, gentle, continuous cleansing activity with natural herbs.
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In this case, an ounce of prevention can be worth many pounds of cure!