What Every Runner Needs To Know About An Alkaline Diet

Balancing the body with food for energy


To meet energy and oxygen demands, both lactic acid and carbon dioxide accumulate in the body. An alkaline diet helps your body create a neutral environment to stabilize and combat the amount of acid build-up. An increased level of acidity in the body has been connected with muscle pain and fatigue. It also decreases your body’s metabolic rate.

New research has shown a diet rich in alkaline foods can not only buffer the acid created by food and exercise, but it can also stop the body from pulling out nutrients from our bones. An alkaline-rich diet preserves muscle mass, reduces calcium loss and boosts metabolism. Simple actions like eating more greens, drinking lemon water and avoiding processed foods can help you improve as a runner.

The alkaline diet is equally important for older runners, since with age, the body’s ability to make muscle protein in the form of nitrogen is significantly reduced. With an alkaline-based diet, nitrogen levels are consistently balanced in the body, leaving muscle mass less affected.

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