Sodium Bicarb As A Supplement

In a recent article in, one may be surprised to find that the old school box of Arm and Hammer Baking soda may also be a key natural form of supplementation in athletic performance. Not just to absorb odors in your ice box!

Sodium bicarbonate, also known as baking soda, is a common baking ingredient you can buy in any grocery store. It is a naturally occurring substance in the human body, produced by the kidneys and in a lesser degree in the intestinal tract, bicarbonate works to eliminate hydrogen ions and reduce acidity in the blood.

Given how blood acidity builds up over the course of strenuous exercise, it should be no surprise that people have looked at sodium bicarbonate as a performance supplement. It is also included in some pre-workout and fat-burner blends. Competitive endurance athletes in particular have been including baking soda for decades in their own home-brewed pre-workout blends.

For this reason, it has also been studied rather extensively in the context of various sports including boxing, swimming, cycling, sprinting, and to a far more limited degree, weightlifting. Baking soda training claims have long populated forums and blogs, so if you've ever been curious, here is the link to the article on Body Building website to find out more:


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