Daughter Who Swims Competitively Throws up During Workouts
My twelve year old daughter swims competitively. She has times when she throws up during workouts. It sounds like acid reflux. Do you have any suggestions that would help this problem?
Dear Candie: When you do competitive workouts, the body accumulates too much excess acidity. As a result the body tries to get rid of acidity by throwing up. And hence she will feel better after throwing up. However, this is not a healthy way of getting rid of excess acidity.
Under normal non competitive situation, in the morning she should take, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid plus 1/4 teaspoon of vitamin C. This three way formula should be enough to increase some alkalinity in her system as well as increase the antioxidants the body needs.
In a vigorous workouts however, the amounts of bicarbonates and alkalinity needs to be much larger. So my guess, is first try the above, the slowly increase the baking soda to a level where the throwing up stops, assuming of course it is excess acidity. However, in most chances, acidity is very likely to be a problem and lactic acid buildup is mostly responsible for it. The body needs away to rid the lactic acid. Therefore, baking soda and drinking plenty of water should help. After a rigorous workout, only one pack of electrolytic drinks or sports drink should make up for the lost salts. These salts should replenish the potassium, so we are now missing magnesium which she should take only 100-250 mg. of magnesium citrate per day when the body is needs to recover or do training, especially.