#311: How To Use Baking Soda For Performance (And Alkalinity), Anti-Aging Effect Of Saunas, Can Mud Help You Recover Faster & More!

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Mar 4, 2015 Podcast: How To Use Baking Soda For Performance (And Alkalinity), Natural Ways To Increase Glutathione, Can Mud Help You Recover Faster, and What To Do About Snapping Hip Syndrome.

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As compiled, deciphered, edited and sometimes read by Brock Skywalker Armstrong, the Podcast Sidekick and Audio Ninja.

How To Use Baking Soda For Performance (And Alkalinity)

Neeraj says: You recently talked about a study where taking Sodium Bicarbonate helped increase time to exhaustion. Is this because it lowers the acidity of the body? There are other supplements out there (like Acid Check) that claim the same thing. Should endurance athletes take these types of supplements, sodium bicarbonate or make their diets more alkaline?

In my response, I recommend:
-Arm & Hammer Baking Soda

Natural Ways To Increase Glutathione

Janine says: She is looking for natural ways to increase her glutathione production. She knows she can supplement with it, and the liquid can be effective but she is hoping to not have to spend more money.

Can Mud Help You Recover Faster?

Jason says: Lately he has been using this stuff called Primal Sports Mud after his workouts. It is supposed to aid with recovery. You apply a thin layer to the affected area, wrap it and apply heat. How exactly does applying something to your skin help your muscles recover faster?

In my response, I recommend watching the video below… and also these mud and pain studies.

What To Do About Snapping Hip Syndrome

Tyler says: He has what is called “Snapping Hip Syndrome.” Basically, when he is laying on his back and he lowers his left leg, just before the foot meets the ground he hears a loud clunking sound. He also has limited movement in his psoas which causes his opposite hip to overcompensate when he does any long distances. What would you do to help or release this impingement issue in his hip… he already does the usual smashing and stretching religiously.


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10 thoughts on “#311: How To Use Baking Soda For Performance (And Alkalinity), Anti-Aging Effect Of Saunas, Can Mud Help You Recover Faster & More!

  1. Donny says:

    Ben, do you have any links to the studies about sodium bicarbonate? Would be nice to check them out.

  2. tdolanguage says:

    I get this snapping hip syndrome also (in my right hip, where my psoas is always tight). I've found that in certain movements if I focus on keeping my core tight (ad maybe keeping my spine lengthened a bit), it seems to stabilize and eliminate the snap. Proper form always wins.

  3. Pestodude says:

    I tried the baking soda for performance trick…and damn if it didn't work! 60lb dumbbells on an incline bench. Previously was able to barely squeak out 13 reps. Took a tablespoon of baking soda in juice, waited an hour and EASILY did 16. (25% increase). Second and third sets were not as impressive, maybe 10% better than last time. But felt like I was gonna puke the entire time. Maybe the juice was not a good mix.

  4. Kat_f says:

    Hey, Ben,
    I heard Chris Kresser talk about the safety of curcumin. He wrote 'research suggests is that the way they work is they’re pro-oxidants and they have more of a hormetic effect.' And, if that's the case, that it would be possible to take too much. Thoughts on that? Also, what do you think of the BCM-95 form?

    1. Take a look at this page http://superhumancoach.com/how-to-use-turmeric/ and this one for BCM-95 https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/2012/12/heavy… and feel free to call this in as a question for the podcast and I'll get more specific http://www.speakpipe.com/bengreenfield

    2. Curcumin has been pretty well tested in human and animal models and there is even more data coming. The typical doses for joint/musculoskeletal health etc are in the range of 500mg to 1500mg. Safety data at 3 months shows that even doses of 8000 mg per day don’t produce problems (though I am not sure those doses produce additional health benefit and they would be very costly). Animal studies of genotoxicity looking for possible reproductive harm have allowed Europe to set a NOAEL (No Observable Adverse Event Level) of 250-320 mg/kg of body weight per day – again levels way beyond what we use for most health benefits.

      As with any antioxidant, people with significant health issues such as cancer need to talk to their physician about unique health risk.

      1. Kat_f says:

        Thanks, Ben! My husband strained his AC joint a few days ago on a trip to Telluride, so maybe I'll put those curcurmin limits to the test!

  5. Pestodude says:

    Was surprised you didn't mention N-acetylcysteine as a way to endogenously raise glutathione levels.

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