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Should You Combine Beta Alanine With Sodium Bicarb? Carbs Are a Must, and the Two Types of "Zone"

Should You Combine Beta Alanine With Sodium Bicarb? Carbs Are a Must, and the Two Types of "Zone"

Welcome to our weekly summary of the latest research updates from the world of sports nutrition. 

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Combining Beta-Alanine With Sodium Bicarb Increases Lactic Acid Buffering and Improves Performance 

This study explored the combined effects of beta alanine and sodium bicarbonate , on the body's ability to buffer acid and enhance sports performance. The findings suggest that taking these supplements together may improve buffering capacity and performance more than when taken alone. This effect is seen mainly during high-intensity exercises lasting between 30 seconds and 10 minutes.


Our thoughts: Sodium bicarb has the potential to cause gastrointestinal issues, which is the only reason it's not widely adopted by the athletic community. Worth a test, just don't stray too far from a washroom. 


Just How Beneficial is Consuming Carbs When Doing Endurance Training 


This study looked at the impact of carbohydrate intake during exercise on endurance performance by analyzing a whopping 136 studies. The findings suggest that consuming carbohydrates during endurance exercise, especially in less trained individuals participating in longer duration tests, significantly improves performance, with a larger effect seen in time to exhaustion compared to time trials.

Our thoughts: We all know to get carbs into the system on those long runs, but the actual impact when compared to a placebo is mind-blowing   


Do You Know There Are Two Ways to be "in the Zone"?


The scientists in this article theorize that there are two types of "zone" you can be in. One where things feel effortless, and one where you purposefully step up your performance when it matters most. The first is called "flow", whereas the second is called the clutch zone. 

Our thoughts: Taking control over being able to get in the zone is the nirvana for athletes. Only those at the top of their game can achieve the clutch zone - the rest of us can only wonder what it feels like.  


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