4 Keys to Muscle Growth

Research-backed strategies to maximize muscle growth

3. De-Acidifying 
the Body

Research in animals has proved that myostatin is activated in the presence of acid (low pH). This “systemic overexpression of myostatin” was found to induce profound muscle wasting exactly like what we see 
in human cachexia syndromes.(14) If you believe the controversial tenet that the bodily pH can be influenced by what we eat, then this may be
yet another natural approach to inhibiting myostatin expression. In theory there are so-called “acidifying foods” said to produce acids during digestion and metabolism. Depending on your source, there’s a long list of foods that are said to acidify the body. So it’s all a matter of degrees. But included among these are the more potent sources of white sugar, sweets, refined foods, preservatives, coffee, cocoa, tea, and wine. In contrast, there are the so-called “alkalizing foods” like vegetables (lettuce, spinach, kale, peas, cauliflower, celery, carrots, tomatoes, etc.); melons (specifically watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe); and nuts (almonds, chestnuts). I should underscore the fact that an alkaline-diet approach has not been shown to elicit a truly sustained rise in blood pH. While it cannot be denied that diet can certainly influence pH, the question is how much and to what degree. Personally, I always feel better and stronger when I make the so-called “alkaline foods” a part of my diet. I feel that, for me and the athletes I work with, we do tend to walk around in a very acidic state. This is due in part to the constant bombardment of lactic acid in the blood from training and competition coupled with the regular protein loads we give ourselves to recover. So somewhere in the back of my mind,
 I have it there that I need to indulge this purported folly just a little bit. But again, this approach is more science fiction than science fact. Of course, this would hardly be the first time that the science fiction of today becomes the science fact of tomorrow.

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