We recently had the opportunity to head down to SDSU and sit in on a clinical trial study. The people behind Topical Edge set out to complete their second study on the added benefits of using Topical Edge. The goal of Topical Edge is for athletes to have the added benefits of training harder while recovering faster.
Topical Edge uses bicarbonate in a lotion form that is then absorbed through the skin. Normally bicarbonate is ingested orally but can be hard on your stomach at times. The goal is to have the bicarbonate in and around the muscle while ingesting it orally adds difficulty to this. Currently many endurance athletes orally ingest sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to buffer acid, a strategy known as “bicarb loading.” The challenge currently though is that ingesting high doses of sodium bicarbonate comes with negative side effects including nausea, stomach pain and diarrhea. The Topical Edge proprietary lotion technology allows you to buffer lactic acid without gastrointestinal side effects.
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