Stimulant from the kitchen
Stimulants directly stimulate the central nervous and cardio-respiratory system, and therefore athletes like to use them to prevent fatigue and to increase self-confidence, especially in sports that require endurance. The effect of stimulants, one of which is, for example, caffeine in coffee and tea, is reflected in the reducing appetite and increasing aggression.
According to the latest research findings the similar function has baking soda or bicarbonate of soda, which is slightly alkaline; its chemical name is sodium bicarbonate. Since raising the pH value in the blood and thus reduces the acid content, it is a popular substance to increase the productivity of the body. In particular, during intense, anaerobic activity, such as jogging or swimming, the fast accumulation of lactic acid in the muscles increases the acidity. Muscle cells shrink and this cause muscle fatigue.
Bicarbonate of soda for swimmers and runners
In a study by Jonathan Follanda, swimmers who had an hour before 200 meters swimming eaten baking soda, achieved a much better time, and that almost in ninety percent. On average they have for the second and half shorten their normal swimming time.
This kind of stimulant can also cause unpleasant side effects. For optimal effect it is necessary to consume 20 grams with water an hour before exercise and on an empty stomach. Many become ill, have stomach hurt, may occur with diarrhea or other gastrointestinal disorders.
Similar results were also obtained in the American College of Sports Medicine ACSM, where they studied athletes, especially runners. In the 800 meters are much faster than individuals who were consumed placebo, run by those who were taken the capsule with sodium bicarbonate. The average time to improve has been 2.2 seconds. This indicates a greater speed and endurance of athletes.