Alkaline forming foods are foods that are or become alkaline when ingested. By eating these foods after a long run or race, you can speed the clearing of lactic acid from your muscles.
Your body wants to keep an alkaline to acidic balance. When jogging long distances or racing, your body builds up lactic acid in your muscles. Anaerobic metabolism is why you have those sore muscles. When in a healthy condition, you need to be eating 60% alkaline foods.
It is likely that your normal diet exceeds the 40% acid forming foods when you consider the following are all acid forming foods:
By maintaining the above foods in your diet, you prolong recovery because the body already has to handle the acid formed by these foods. Instead, by simply eating more of the foods shown below after your run, you reduce the amount of time it takes your body to clear out the lactic acid from your muscles.
|Fruits|| Vegetables  || Other  |
|Apricots|| Egg plant||Buttermilk|
|Bananas|| Lettuce||Raw milk|
|Grapefruits (alkaline forming when eaten alone)|| Cuccumber||Egg yolks|
|Oranges (alkaline forming when eaten alone)|| Spinach||Green Tea|
|Nectarines|| Leeks||Herbal Tea|
|Peaches|| Sprouts||Chinese Tea|
| Ripe Tomatoes|
This means that by incorporating more of the alkaline forming foods and limiting the acid forming foods following your more intense workouts you can actually be ready for your next jog sooner. You might even say you are fueling your own recovery.
Do you want to see if alkaline foods would make you a better jogger? We all know vegetables are good for us, but have you ever thought of it from the viewpoint of the acidity of foods? Challenge yourself to eat more of these foods and actually notice if you experience a change in both running performance and ease of accomplishment.