7th December 2019

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Is lactic acid harmful to the body?

As you run faster, however, your muscles burn more carbs and produce more lactic acid, which quickly breaks down into a good guy (lactate) and a bad guy (hydrogen ions). The hydrogen ions are bad because they lower the pH of your muscles, decreasing muscle efficiency, and causing that awful burning sensation.

Similarly, it is asked, how does lactic acid affect the body?

Lactic acid is nasty stuff. Your muscles produce it during intense exercise. It's a metabolic byproduct that makes no contribution to exercise performance. It causes muscle fatigue and post-exercise muscle soreness.

What happens when too much lactic acid in your muscles?

Lactic acidosis occurs when there's too much lactic acid in your body. Causes can include chronic alcohol use, heart failure, cancer, seizures, liver failure, prolonged lack of oxygen, and low blood sugar. Even prolonged exercise can lead to lactic acid buildup.
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