Bicaronate boost

The use of sodium bicarbonate as a sports supplement for high-intensity performance has been documented since the 1930s, and although it never gained widespread popularity, bicarbonate supplementation was used extensively during the 1980s by short-distance athletes such as cyclists, swimmers and rowers.

The downside was that its use was often accompanied by unpleasant side-effects such as nausea and gastric distress - severe enough in many cases to be counterproductive.

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