Muscle Cramps from Lactic Acid

lactic-acidHave you ever had a heart attack? Believe it or not, the pain is just a muscle cramp. Probably the worst you might ever experience. But it’s simply when the heart muscle is not getting enough circulation and it doesn’t get enough oxygen.

Muscle cramps are more a result of circulation issues, which includes inflammation. When blood flow is restricted, less oxygen travels to our cells, which causes pain or cramping. Lactic acid can cause such restriction. Acid also results in a reduction of oxygen, which results in cramping.

Paramedics and doctors inject bicarbonate directly into the heart following a severe heart attack. This is done to protect the body from a wave of acid that will flow when they restart the heart. Our blood has a pH between 7.35 and 7.45. Death results anywhere outside this range. Heart failure causes a loss of oxygen in our blood, making it acidic and dangerous.  Doctors have learned that bicarbonate will correct this issue.

When we exercise, we breathe heavier and quicker as we deplete our blood oxygen. We increase production of carbon dioxide as we burn calories for energy. This increases carbonic acid.

Some of you are hoping this is a good excuse stop exercising. On the contrary, movement and exercise causes circulation to increase. For this reason, stretching is also critical before exercise. It keeps our bodies supplied with oxygen and avoids atrophy. There are issues with excessive stress on the body, however, and it is important to seek professional advice before beginning an exercise program. This is especially true for people over 50 or who have medical conditions.