Success Story: Nicole – The Hauser Diet for the Competitive Runner
When being ÔÇťacidicÔÇŁ is not necessarily a bad thing
If your friend asked you to go to Florida in July, you would expect it to be hot, right? If your friend suggested that a group of you were going to run a half marathon in these conditions, you would probably think they were nuts. But, being up for the challenge, you agree to run the race. Do you know how to eat for YOUR Diet Type for a race in these conditions? Did you know that your blood pH can be indicative of your heat tolerance and even help or hurt your race time? The Hauser Diet explains why athletes may want to use this information to help tailor their nutrition plans to getting better results on race day.
For an athlete competing in endurance events, pH is a key factor. The longer the event, the hotter the body will become, and raises the blood pH to become more alkaline. We have to remember, also, that hot temperatures raise blood pH, to be come more alkaline. These two combined together can cause athletes who start off alkaline, to experience symptoms of nausea, heat headaches, and the like. One of the key factors that sets The Hauser Diet apart from others is blood pH testing. We test blood pH because we believe that it is the better metabolic indicator of other pH testing methods. We discuss this more in Chapter 1 of our book, The Hauser Diet: A Fresh Look at Healthy Living!
Nicole is a Bear Diet Type, who typically does not have acidic blood pH and feels great eating a balanced Bear Diet. She was scheduled to run a half marathon in Florida on July 4th. Sounds hot, yes, very hot and humid! She had never run this distance before, but based on her running times, she estimated the length of time would be 3 hours at best.
During her training, she admitted to giving in to a lot of sugar cravings, and eating more sweets and carbohydrates than she would normally eat. A week before the event we tested her blood pH and found that she was in the acidic range. All of the carbohydrates she was eating were pushing her blood pH to be acidic. When she would be training, she would get really hot and, knowing the connection to blood pH and food, she would counteract that heat with a larger amount of carbohydrates than she would normally eat. (Carbohydrates acidify, or lower, blood pH.)
Normally, we encourage people to shoot for balanced blood pH for optimal health. But instead of telling her to stop eating so many carbohydrates in order to balance her pH with more protein and fat, we told her she was right where she needed to be. ÔÇťBut arenÔÇÖt I ÔÇśacidicÔÇÖ and isnÔÇÖt that bad?ÔÇŁ she asked. If her body stayed in that state for a long time, yes. But due to the circumstances, her short term goal was to finish this race and to feel good doing it. If she starts the event with acidic blood pH, it will work its way into the normal, or even alkaline, range over the course of non-stop exercise in the heat of the Florida summer. If she were to start the race with balanced pH or alkaline pH, she would likely succumb to every athleteÔÇÖs nightmare: nausea, fatigue, heat headaches, and cramping. So, in this particular instance, the Hauser Diet would indicate that Nicole should actually aim for acidic blood pH prior to the race.
We encouraged her to be more selective with the specifics of the carbohydrates she chose to eat. For instance, Nicole was told to eat fruit, veggies, fruit juice, rice, and whole grain crackers versus cookies, cake, and chocolate. NicoleÔÇÖs diet became more like a Monkey Diet Type, just prior to the race. She still felt best eating some protein and fat, and definitely would not feel good throughout an endurance event on carbs alone!
Using these dietary tools, Nicole completed the half marathon in just under 3 hours. 2:56:31 to be exact. She did not have extreme heat fatigue, headaches, nausea, or cramping. She felt great all the way through to the end of the race, which is when many athletes are suffering from heat-related issues. Now that the race is over, she will return to eating more like a Bear, and we will continue to check her blood pH to ensure that she gets back into the Balanced range. If she chooses to do another endurance race, we will again work with her to analyze the expected race conditions, her current diet, and her pH level to help give her the tools to fuel correctly!
To get Diet Typed, and use The Hauser Diet to reach your goals, we would love to see you in our office! Call us at 708-848-7789. To read more cases about blood pH and diet, please check out our book: The Hauser Diet: A Fresh Look at Healthy Living! on www.amazon.com.