Lactic acid, also known as lactate used to be considered a waste product after exercise. New studies now show that it has multiple beneficial effects. It has been shown to balance out the acidity that builds up after intense movement. The burn you feel during intense exercise, which is usually blamed on lactic acid, is really created by a accumulation of toxic metabolic waste products like ammonia and hydrogen. Lactic acid buffers their effects and this helps the body to have better performance over a longer period. Lactic acid has also been shown to act like a hormone, stimulating the release of testosterone and growth hormone. These two powerful, anti-aging hormones are what keep the body lean and strong. Another added benefit of lactic acid is that it increases the the number of energy factories (mitochondria) within each cell. This increases the body's ability to burn fat to produce more energy and support overall body function. Interval training and sprints are a great way to trigger "the burn" and will get the muscles talking to the entire body which forces it to adapt and grow.
Info provided by: What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Heart Disease, by Mark Houston, MD, MS
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