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Why do Tums keep you from cramping?

 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2004 1:34 pm GMT +0000    Post subject: Why do Tums keep you from cramping? Reply with quote

Does it avert lactic acid build up?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2004 8:11 pm GMT +0000    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has Calcium and acid buffers
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2004 4:16 pm GMT +0000    Post subject: Reply with quote

loco-gringos:

TUMS' active ingredient is Calcium Carbonate. The calcium helps replace what you loose in your sweat (approximately 200mg/hr of intense workout). The carbonate portion may help neutralize the lactic acid that builds up from anaerobic exercise.

Though TUMS is not likely to give you a significant increase in your overall performance, you can reap benefits by replacing your lost calcium from your sweat with the TUMS and you will not pull as much calcium from your bones which over time will cause a gradual thinning of the bones (osteopenia) or significant weakening of the bones (osteoporsis). Your serum calcium levels are unlikely to fall while exercising because the body is extremely efficient at pulling calcium from the bones on a minute by minute basis. But over the years the bones will get thinner and weaker. Bicyclist are prone to developing osteopenia and osteoporosis due to the non-weight bearing nature of the exercise combined with the calcium lost in the sweat. There was an excellent article in Bicycling magazine two months ago on this very topic.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2004 1:44 pm GMT +0000    Post subject: Reply with quote

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loco-gringos:

TUMS' active ingredient is Calcium Carbonate. The calcium helps replace what you loose in your sweat (approximately 200mg/hr of intense workout). The carbonate portion may help neutralize the lactic acid that builds up from anaerobic exercise.

Though TUMS is not likely to give you a significant increase in your overall performance, you can reap benefits by replacing your lost calcium from your sweat with the TUMS and you will not pull as much calcium from your bones which over time will cause a gradual thinning of the bones (osteopenia) or significant weakening of the bones (osteoporsis). Your serum calcium levels are unlikely to fall while exercising because the body is extremely efficient at pulling calcium from the bones on a minute by minute basis. But over the years the bones will get thinner and weaker. Bicyclist are prone to developing osteopenia and osteoporosis due to the non-weight bearing nature of the exercise combined with the calcium lost in the sweat. There was an excellent article in Bicycling magazine two months ago on this very topic.

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Can you eat too many Tums on a ride???
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2004 5:10 pm GMT +0000    Post subject: Reply with quote

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You can over do TUMS. As your body looses about 200 mg of Calcium per hour of intense work out, if you munch one TUMS EX an hour, the calcium absorbed will closely match the calcium lost. If you take too much you may get some diarrhea from too much carbonate in your gut.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2004 2:10 pm GMT +0000    Post subject: Reply with quote

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loco-gringos:
There was an excellent article in Bicycling magazine two months ago on this very topic.



Doc, read the same article. What was your take on the suggestion of soft drinks adding to the depletion of bone mass.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2004 5:40 am GMT +0000    Post subject: Reply with quote

chongo loco:

The sodas causing depletion of calcium in bones has been known for a long time. The phosphoric acid in the sodas decreases calcium absorbtion from the gut and increases the calcium pulled from the bones to mainain normal serum calcium levels. In addition, the calcium is pulled from the teeth making the teeth more prone to cavities, even in individual who drink only diet sodas. Coke, its the real thing!

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