|Putting the 10 Reasons Athletes Should Get Blood pH Testing into personal practiceby Ross A. Hauser, M.D., Ironman Triathlete
1. Proper Blood pH Will Enhance Athletic Performance During Priority “A” Races
Whether an athlete is doing a marathon for the first time or trying to peak for an Ironman Triathlon, there are always races that an athlete is training for. The most important ones are called priority or “A” races. Having the right blood pH at the beginning of a race can be the difference between a “PR” (personal record) race and “PD” (personal disaster) one!
If the race weather is going to be hot, then an athlete’s blood pH needs to be a little on the acidic side at the start of the race. This translates to a blood pH level between 7.380 and 7.419 on our Caring Medical pH meter. As temperature increases the blood pH, the athlete wants to achieve a lower blood pH at the beginning of the race, so during the race energy production is enhanced as the blood pH rises. The longer the race, the hotter the weather, the more important blood pH is in determining ultimate outcome. For cold weather the opposite is true. The athlete should start out the race slightly alkaline (higher blood pH) because cold weather alkalinizes the blood. Of course, in both cases, you must take into consideration your general pH tendencies.
2. Proper Blood pH Will Enhance Training
Imagine if every time you trained you swam, biked, or ran faster and longer than you currently do? Obviously, your sports performance would be enhanced. If your blood pH remains out of the normal range, you will not achieve optimum energy production. Remember that the enzymes that control energy production are sensitive to temperature and blood pH. If the temperature of the blood or the pH of the blood fall too high or too low, your energy plummets. If energy plummets, so does sports performance, even in training. By having a proper blood pH level during training, an athlete is able to swim, bike, run farther and faster. Strength is also enhanced. Something that all athletes want to achieve!
3. Proper Blood pH Will Enhance Recovery
If an athlete can recover quickly even after very difficult workouts, training is maximized. How many workouts do you miss or cut short because you don’t feel like working out? Are your muscles sore for a long time after workouts? Do you wake up stiff? Do you need to take time off every so often because you feel burnt out? All of these are signs of poor recovery. Notice I said poor recovery not overtraining. I feel most of these symptoms can be totally eliminated by optimizing blood pH and nutritional/diet supplementation without any decrease in sports training. Thus, the issue is not an overtraining problem, but an under recovery problem!
One of the main reasons athletes don’t perform as well as they should is because they don’t maximize recovery. Athletes tend to emphasize training, but not recovery. When an athlete has an optimum blood pH level, recovery is enhanced. If an athlete feels refreshed and energized at the beginning of the majority of their workouts, training will be enhanced. If training is enhanced, you get be sure that great races or competitions are soon to follow!!!
4. Athletes Need Maximum Energy to Live the Rest of their Lives
You thought this whole article was going to be about maximizing sports performance didn’t you? Well, what happens when you are wiped out from workouts and work and then are not able to be totally there for your family? Correct, stress! Your spouse gets mad because you just sit on the couch and watch T.V.! The additional stress just makes you more and more tired and obviously this will decrease your training intensity, distance, or time. All of which will cause sports performance to plummet! Do you want to know a better way? I thought you would.
The easiest way I know of to give you more energy to maximize all areas of your life, is to keep your blood pH optimized. The only way to do that is to know your level. It is a simple blood test. Normal or optimum blood pH using the pH meter at Caring Medical is 7.420 to 7.440. pH levels outside of these levels will cause energy to plummet. Yes, you need energy for athletics, but also for the rest of your life!
5. So Do You Really Know What To Eat?
If we athletes were really honest, we would say we really don’t know what to eat! You try to eat healthy, but if you have acid blood you should not be eating all those carbs that you think will help you. Conversely, if your blood pH is alkaline (blood pH over 7.440) you should not be eating all that protein that you think is helping your muscles. Your muscles are hurting because your blood pH is too high!
By routinely checking your blood pH levels, Caring Medical can teach you how you need to eat to optimize sports performance, training, and recovery. If you follow these guidelines, it has been our experience with ourselves and our clients that your sports performances will be enhanced.
6. So You Really Know How To Eat and Drink During Training and Events
#5 above relates to how to eat outside of athletics. But do you really know how to eat and drink during training and events? You see if you are a Lion or Otter Diet Type (have acid blood pH), you need much more protein than the typical athlete. That means more protein and fat in the morning and more protein/fat during the athletic event. Yes, there are athletes that need to make a concerted effort to get more protein and fat in their diets and during training and events.
Take me, for example. I am an Otter Diet Type. During the Ironman I will get most of my calories for the day from protein and fat, not from carbohydrates! How have the results been? I have dropped my Ironman triathlon time from 14 hours to 12 hours, though I have another Ironman race in one month! Yikes! Why am I writing this article? I should be training! Don’t fret, I ran 18 miles in 2 hours 35 minutes up and down hills that were filled with ice today! I thought that speed wasn’t too bad considering the conditions and the temperature outside was 28 degrees. But then again, I know about blood pH and how to manipulate it for workouts and performance. But I digress…I hope this is making sense to you…
7. So Your Future Sports Performance Will Not Be Affected By the Weather
Everyone has an optimum temperature outside where they typically perform their best. Most of us would love to perform our best— irregardless of the weather conditions, right? If you knew your baseline fasting blood pH at a certain time of year, it would be possible to know how to eat at various times to optimize sports performance for all weather conditions. Then you would know what to do—in every situation!
Optimizing sports performance for a specific weather condition is now under your control. If you hate the heat, blood pH can help you love the heat! Hate cold weather? No worries, knowing your blood pH can give you that “bring it on 25 degree” mental edge! Don’t let your hard work go to waste by a bad weather day for your “A” race. Blood pH holds the key!
8. To Get Rid of Sports Performance Limiters
You know what they are! You get nauseated in hot weather. Perhaps your muscles cramp at mile 18. You just can’t finish races well. What if you could have the edge over your competition and your energy got better as the event went on? Would that help you? What if your muscles didn’t cramp anymore? What if your heat intolerance wasn’t a factor? What would happen to your training or your “A” race sports performances? You would be in “PR city” wouldn’t you? I am telling you, blood pH is the key!
9. So the Rest of Your Health is Optimized
Got a scratchy throat, but have a lot of workouts planned this weekend? That is how I was a few days ago. So what did I do? Because of my knowledge of blood pH and access to getting it tested, I tested my blood pH while I was feeling that scratchy throat come on. My blood pH had gone from acid to alkaline. To optimize my immunity, I needed to acidify my blood, which I did. I did a few natural medicine treatments and altered my supplements and in two days I was ready to cycle like a mad man. You know how I ran today. Let’s see 18 miles in 2 hours 35 minutes, lower than 9 minute miles. Remember, 28 degrees and running on ice and hills, not bad. It is now about 2 hours after my run and I am writing this. How can I do it? Let’s recap. Sickish feeling on Thursday, biked 2 ½ hours Saturday, and ran 18 miles today in freezing cold conditions and then have enough energy to write this article. How is it possible? It is blood pH, baby. It is the secret.
You may have hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue, stomach aches, terrible energy, muscle aching, poor concentration, or a host of other health conditions bringing you down. For many of these, the one key to feeling better is knowing your baseline blood pH. If it is out of the normal range, getting it back into the optimal range has got to help you feel better. In our experience, it sure has. Imagine if you had 25% more energy for your body to repair itself? You just might feel good, right? Maybe your immune system would be enhanced? Healing should be enhanced right? Well, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and get your blood pH tested!
10. So the Athlete Has Fun!
Most of us forget sometimes that the reason we do athletics is to have fun. Having a balanced blood pH will give the athlete tons of fun. How will it do this? Well, sports training will be enhanced. You will swim, bike, run, compete, and perform with more energy, vitality, and intensity – won’t that be fun? You won’t get injured and that will keep the fun going! You will PR at your “A” race. That will be a blast! You will recover great, so you can workout the next day. That will be good for your friends you workout with. So let’s not forget their fun! Your stomach won’t become queasy while exercising, so that will be fun. Those stupid side stitches or muscle cramps will stop. That will be great! After workouts you will be awake for your family and then you can have some fun with your kids and your spouse! That will be tons of fun! You may get a promotion at work because you’ll be able to concentrate better and give 110%. Your boss will be so impressed. That will be great! But mostly, you’ll just be able to continue to exercise. You need it! It is your outlet! Your time! Your psychotherapy! It is what you do with your free time! It is how you and your friends have fun together! Ultimately, it makes you the type of person you desire to be and that kind of person is a lot of fun to be around!