How to Eat to Reduce Lactic Acid Buildup in the Muscles

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Reducing lactic acid buildup in the muscles requires making sure you have enough glycogen stores. Maintain a balanced metabolism with information from a licensed and registered dietitian in this free video on nutrition.

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You might be looking for some tips to help improve your exercise program, and things you could eat in your diet to avoid that lactic acid buildup. I'm Charlotte Lawson, a registered and licensed dietitian here in Tampa Bay, Florida. Now, lactic acid happens when our body has exerted all of its energy, and stored energy in the form of glycogen, and is looking for an alternative process. And typically, lactic acid only happens when we're doing our anaerobic exercise, anaerobic meaning the body is metabolizing and accessing our energy when there's no oxygen present. So, anaerobic exercises are your short sprints, or your weight lifting, any sort of flared fight and flight type energy exertion, very quick, versus our aerobic exercises, where you're having a longer, slower metabolism, and utilization of energy. Now, there aren't really any particular foods to eat that can avoid that lactic acid buildup, but my best suggestion would just be to make sure you have enough glycogen stores. Now, it's probably going to be really, you know, it's hard to say you could avoid it altogether, but by containing enough glycogen stores, your body might not have to turn to that alternative form of energy. This is kind of like your carb loading, for instance, the night before a big event, or a basketball game, or a race. Now, don't go overboard with the carbs because again, lactic acid buildup is almost, kind of, you can't prevent it, I guess, essentially. Because, it really does depend on the type of exercise you do. Also, keep in mind, as your body starts getting used to the type of exercises you're doing, you're less likely to have that muscle tearing, and that lactic acid buildup. So, hopefully those are a couple tips. Really, it tends to be with your exercise program. So, maybe you want to switch it up a little bit, and add some more aerobic exercise. I'm Charlotte, and eat happy.

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