The Skinny on Lactic Acid

Lactic acid sure gets a bad rap.  As it turns out, it’s a case of “guilt by association” because lactic acid turns out to be fairly well misunderstood by your Average Joe.

Once again, the good folks over at Eat.Move.Improve have taken it upon themselves to set the record straight on the topic in a blog entry from last month: “The Truth About Lactic Acid“.

Lactic acid:

– Does not cause delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)

– Does not cause muscles to cramp

– Does not cause muscle soreness

– Etc. (There are other things unjustly blamed on lactic acid in addition to these.  Read the article if you’re really curious.)

Bottom line: The role of lactic acid is misunderstood, as are the true sources of cramping.  Do some of your own research before accepting commonplace “popular” explanations for things.   (For example, apparently no, loss of electrolytes is not the cause of cramping either!  I’m telling you, read the article!)


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