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Daily Food For Runners & Athletes

Because carbohydrates are the primary fuel source for active muscles, athletes need to consume them on a daily basis.

Carbohydrate-rich foods include: –

  1. Fruits
  2. vegetables (potatoes and beans),
  3. Grains,
  4. Breads,
  5. cereals and some dairy products (milk and yogurt).

In general, the best diet for an athlete is one that contains a variety of foods from each of the major food groups—this will help ensure that your diet is made up of nutrient-rich foods.

Approximately 55-60% of total calories should come from carbohydrates. Athletes need to consume carbohydrates before, during and after exercise to provide fuel for the body and support overall health.

Effects of Lactic Acid on Your Body

During intensive running your body will  reach a point where it will start producing  lactic acid  which causes pain and muscle cramps. Some people call this point “hitting the wall

How dangerous is lactic acid to your body?

On my last visit to my dentist he informed me the cavity on my tooth was caused by lactic acid. The American Dental Association says tooth decay is caused “mostly” by starchy foods like breadsticks, cereals and potato chips that linger on teeth and prolong lactic acid production. Its not the foods that cause tooth decay but what happens to the food. Oral bacteria that live on the teeth metabolize the food particles producing lactic acid. High concentration of the acid causes tooth demineralization.

If lactic acid can do that, then it must be very dangerous to let it accumulate in the body. On my post what happens to a runners body during a full marathon, I showed how at around the 20 mile mark, lactate concentration will begin to rise causing you pain.

Lactic Acid Removal

Don’t worry about the acid in the body because the human body tissues have a natural way to remove lactic acid concentration from the body.  One idea I once read about how runners can detox their body was dipping the lower part of your body in hot water immediately after running.

Uses of Lactic Acid : Lactic acid acne : Lactic Acid Skin

Lactic acid is used in treatment of skin problem such as acne. Through a procedure known as lactic acid peel : This lactic acid face peel will remove dead skin cells, and promote healthier, softer and more radiant skin.