Baking Soda For Strength Training?
A lot of people think that baking soda will improve their strength training performance. But there are some issues which have been raised against it. One of them is that baking soda might not be effective for increasing muscle mass or strength. You need to know that if you want to build muscle mass, then you must use other types of exercises like weight lifting and cardio exercise instead of using only weights and resistance bands. If you want to gain strength, then you must use different types of exercises like push ups, pull ups, squats and deadlifts.
If you don’t want to waste your time and money on expensive supplements or expensive workouts, then you can easily make yourself stronger by simply adding baking soda into your diet. The best thing about it is that it doesn’t require any special equipment such as a kitchen scale or measuring cups.
All you need is a small bowl and some water.
What Is Baking Soda?
Baking soda is a common household chemical used in many home appliances. It is very useful because it helps in making certain things easier and less messy.
So, why would you want to add baking soda to your diet?
Well, here are some benefits of baking soda:
It increases blood flow to muscles and improves their endurance. (
1) It promotes healthy skin by removing impurities from the body.
2) It can relieve stomach pain and ulcers.
3) It can treat the onset of colds and alleviate their symptoms.
4) It can also be used as a tooth whitener.
Most people take baking soda in tablet forms or as a common household cleaning agent. However, you can also get benefits from taking this chemical by mixing it with water and drinking it.
This article will focus on the benefits of drinking baking soda for your bodybuilding goals.
How Does It Help With Building Muscle?
Baking soda contains large amounts of sodium. This is good because the human body needs both potassium and sodium in order for it to work properly. Sodium helps the muscles contract. Put simply, more sodium means greater muscle contraction. More muscle contraction leads to greater strength and endurance. So, by drinking baking soda you can greatly improve your strength and muscle mass. Also, consider that this chemical is essential for blood clotting. If blood loss should occur, then your body will be able to stop the bleeding much quicker. This means more energy for training and less time spent recovering from injuries.
How Much Baking Soda Should I Take?
The recommended amount of baking soda for people that weigh more than 200 pounds (90 kilograms) is 1/8th a teaspoon. This is equivalent to 0.75 grams. (
5) If you weigh less than 200 pounds (90 kilograms), then you should reduce the dose to ¼ of a teaspoon.
This is equivalent to 0.5 grams.
6) Always mix the baking soda with water before drinking it.
When Should I Take It?
There are two main times that people recommend taking baking soda: before a workout and after a workout.
Some people like to take the baking soda before working out. They argue that it gives them an energy burst and that it also counteracts muscle pain.
The theory behind this is that the baking soda will help you lift heavier weights by increasing your endurance.
However, if you take it before a workout then you won’t feel the full effects until after your workout is over. In fact, some people recommend taking the baking soda immediately after a workout because the body will absorb it much quicker when your metabolism is increased.
Personally, I like taking the baking soda after a workout because I can instantly feel the effects. By taking it afterwards, this also gives me an opportunity to test how my body reacts to it.
If I feel any adverse side effects then I know that I should stay away from it in the future.
Also, you might want to take the baking soda on days that you don’t go to the gym. This ensures that your body always has extra sodium in the appropriate quantities.
How Long Does It Take To Work?
For most people, it takes anywhere from a couple of days to a week before they start noticing a difference. Everyone is different though so keep that in mind. The minute you start feeling any side effects then you should probably stop taking the baking soda. These could include digestive issues and general malaise (general feeling of discomfort or sickness). If you experience any of these problems then don’t take the baking soda for at least a week.
If you don’t experience any ill effects then you can continue to take the baking soda on a daily basis. Also, you should look into taking other supplements along with the baking soda.
These can be anything from multivitamins to protein shakes. Supplements are great for giving your body raw materials that it can use to grow bigger and stronger muscles. (7)
What Are The Possible Side Effects Of Baking Soda?
As I mentioned before, you may experience some minor side effects at the start of your baking soda supplementation regiment. If this happens then don’t panic and just keep taking the recommended dosage. These side effects should only last for a day or two. They include:
If you start experiencing any of these problems then stop taking the baking soda for at least a week. If you stop experiencing these problems then you can try taking a ¼ of a teaspoon on the second day and a ½ of a teaspoon on the third.
Keep doing this until your body gets used to it. (8)
On the other hand, if you experience any of the following problems then you should stop taking the supplement and seek medical attention:
Chronic diarrhea that lasts over a day
Blood in your stool or black stools (this could mean bleeding in your upper GI tract)
Severe stomach or abdominal pain
Overall malaise or sickness
Burning sensation when you urinate (could mean a UTI)
A Word Of Warning
While taking the baking soda, you should always stay hydrated. This is especially true when you first start taking it.
While most BMS brands don’t taste bitter, they can cause a dry mouth and you may not feel like drinking anything. Stay away from hard alcohols while supplementing with this as well because it can cause dehydration.
While you’re taking the baking soda, you should eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. These foods release gas in your digestive tract which can sometimes cause issues with bloating and gas.
By eating these foods separately from when you take the Baking Soda, you can prevent unwanted flatulence.
In addition to this, be careful about the exercises that you do while taking this supplement.
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