Practical considerations for bicarbonate loading and sports performance.

  title={Practical considerations for bicarbonate loading and sports performance.},
  author={Louise M. Burke},
  journal={Nestle Nutrition Institute workshop series},
  • L. Burke
  • Published 15 August 2013
  • Education
  • Nestle Nutrition Institute workshop series
Consumption of sodium bicarbonate (300 mg/kg 1-2 h before exercise) can temporarily increase blood bicarbonate concentrations, enhancing extracellular buffering of hydrogen ions which accumulate and efflux from the working muscle. Such 'bicarbonate loading' provides an ergogenic strategy for sporting events involving high rates of anaerobic glycolysis which are otherwise limited by the body's capacity to manage the progressive increase in intracellular acidity. Studies show that bicarbonate… 

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