SOBBA Improves Endurance & Stamina 2019-02-18T08:33:37+00:00

CAN SOBBA IMPROVE ENDURANCE AND  STAMINA?

SOBBA is concentrated hydrogen carbonate (bicarbonate) plus mineral ions – Sodium, Chloride, Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium and other trace minerals, used to maintain optimum health and as a supplement to certain types of diseases, depending on the number of drops you take in per day.

SOBBA’s main ingredients is bicarbonate, a compound that was found to clear out lactic acid in muscle cells after high-intensity exercises, helping restore muscle environment into an optimal pH. Most research reported improve performance in the later stages of high-intensity exercise, decrease fatigue and increase endurance and stamina

Why Does Lactic Acid Build Up in the Muscles? And How Can Bicarbonate Help?

When you exercise by jogging, cycling, lifting weights, or playing any sport, your muscles produce waste and breakdown products. These products build up in your muscles, and one of the biggest waste products of exercise is lactic acid. Lactic acid builds up in your muscles is what makes your muscles burn during sprints or when trying to complete that last repetition on the bench press. The type of exercise you perform also affects how quickly this lactic acid accumulates in your muscles. The more anaerobic the exercise, the faster the lactic acid levels climb in your muscles. A maximum effort weight training session or a 40-yard sprint workout tends to make lactic acid levels soar much faster than a slow five-mile jog since the first two are much more anaerobic.

The body does have its own buffer system to prevent muscle pH from rising lactic acid and the muscle tissue becoming acidic. However, as a workout continues your body’s natural buffering system becomes unable to keep up with the acid levels. There are three main substances that buffer muscle cell tissue from rising pH levels and hydrogen ions: carnosine, phosphate, and bicarbonate (1). Interestingly, bicarbonate only accounts for less than ten percent of the body’s buffering potential. The body’s primary buffer in muscle tissue is carnosine with phosphate the secondary buffer (1).

Where sodium bicarbonate becomes more important to athletes in terms of buffering potential is in the blood. Exercise not only increases the acidity in your muscles but also acidifies your blood as well. When lactic acid levels rise in your blood, you get exercise-induced fatigue. The main buffer in the blood is sodium bicarbonate (2). This is how the idea came for athletes to ingest baking soda, otherwise known as sodium bicarbonate, to buffer their blood and muscles from acid. The concept was that by taking baking soda an athlete could train harder and longer because the added sodium bicarbonate would delay the rise in lactic acid levels.

The baking soda you eat or drink never makes it to your muscle tissue because it can’t make it through the muscle cell membranes, but it does make it into your bloodstream (3). Because your body is always trying to reach a state of equilibrium, when you ingest the bicarbonate, it lowers your blood pH. This creates a gradient that brings the lactic acid out from the muscle tissue and into the bloodstream, thereby lowering the pH of your muscle as well. Next, let’s examine how well this actually works on improving athletic endurance, performance, and time until exhaustion.

It has been well documented in the scientific literature that supplementing with bicarbonate does improve performance. One study gave athletes 200mg/kg body weight, about 18 grams for a 200 lb athlete. The athletes then performed five successive 60-second sprints on a stationary bike, with the last sprint lasting until the athlete reached exhaustion. The bicarbonate improved time until exhaustion by 42% (4). Another study gave athletes 300mg/kg which equals 27 grams for a 200 lb athlete. In this study, college varsity track athletes ran an 800-meter sprint. The baking soda improved times by an average of 3 seconds or a distance of 19 meters. In elite runners such as these collegiate track athletes, cutting three seconds off your 800 times is a huge improvement (5). In rowers taking this same dose of 300mg/kg, the baking soda group rowed 50 meters further in a six-minute time trial over the placebo group (6). Most studies that have shown beneficial performance effects of supplementing with sodium bicarbonate have used high doses, over 200 mg/kg, and short high-intensity exercise lasting less than six minutes.

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