Topical Edge Cracks the Sodium Bicarbonate Code for Athletes of All Stripes

Before Topical Edge introduced Performance & Recovery Lotion, the muscle-buffering benefits of sodium bicarb remained painfully out of reach.

A Crippler Called Acidosis

We’ve all been there: You're pushing hard into anaerobic no-man's land during a workout or competition when your muscles suddenly blow up. So what just happened? As your muscles produce lactate for energy, acid (often erroneously referred to as lactic acid) is also a by-product. When buffered, the acid is held at bay and the muscle is able to use the available lactate for energy. When not buffered, the unmistakable muscle burn kicks in, and in worst-case scenarios, muscles shutdown.

In a nutshell:

  1. Lactate: Fuels your muscles during high intensity exercises – think cycling, running, interval training, high intensity bursts in basketball and soccer, rock climbing, and so on.
  2. Acidosis and Performance: That burn in your muscles after going anaerobic for too long? That's naturally produced acid forming that, if left unchecked, will cause muscle burn and fatigue.
  3. Soreness: Furthermore oxidative stress caused by high levels of anaerobic energy production damages the muscle's mitochondria and results in inflammation. This inflammation contributes to delayed muscle soreness and noticeably compromises future performance.

The Great Emancipator: Sodium Bicarbonate & Buffering

In 1843, Alfred Bird invented sodium bicarbonate—baking soda—to help his wife in the kitchen. In the late 70's and early 80's, sports physiologists and athletes began attempting to use it as a base in neutralizing muscle acidosis and balance the pH levels in muscles. Those who tried absorbing the powder by ingesting it quickly abandoned their experiments after erupting into severe gut-wrenching pain and other distressing reactions.

And then in late 2016 Topical Edge created and patented the technology that allows sodium bicarbonate to pass directly into hard-working muscles. Through independent clinical trials, conducted by Dr. Mark Kern, it was proven that the acidosis beast had finally been tamed. Athletes who use Topical Edge's Performance & Recovery Lotion in their pre- and post-workout/competition routines rejoice with every use.

Bettering Your Best With Patented Technology

There is no doubt that sodium bicarbonate positively affects exertion-weary muscles. But equally significant is the technology involved in delivering the buffering agent where it's needed most.

Topical Edge spent more than two years perfecting the means for conveying sodium bicarb through the skin directly into the affected muscle. The underlying technology was so compelling and unique, there are multiple US and worldwide patents pending on it.

Clinical Trials: Understand the Science of PR Lotion & Sodium Bicarbonate.

Mark Kern, PhD, RD is a tenured professor of Exercise & Nutritional Sciences at San Diego State University. He conducted a rigorous Institutional Review Board-approved, double-blind, randomized, placebo controlled, cross-over study of Topical Edge Performance & Recovery Lotion in 20 elite professional and semi-professional cyclists.

Summary of Dr. Mark Kern's Study Dr. Mark Kern's Whitepaper

The results of the study concluded that PR Lotion:

  • Reduced muscle soreness following intense exercise
  • Lowered heart rate and rate of perceived exertion under the same training loads
  • Elevated lactate levels to fuel the muscle

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Topical Edge Performance & Recovery Lotion Ingredients

Topical Edge Performance & Recovery Lotion is comprised of pharmaceutical grade ingredients sourced from certified suppliers. Topical Edge PR Lotion contains: menthol (0.5%), sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), water, isopropyl palmitate, lecithin, poloxamer 407, denatured alcohol, benzyl alcohol, coconut oil, jojoba seed oil, caprylic/capric triglycerides, lippia citriodora flower extract, sorbic acid, and sodium hydroxide.

Certified Banned-Substance Free

Topical Edge Performance & Recovery Lotion is powered by menthol and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). Menthol is approved by the FDA as safe and effective when used according to the label. Baking soda is a commonly consumed ingredient in food, toothpaste, and antacids.

Every allotment of Topical Edge is tested for banned substances at an accredited lab under the Informed-Sport and Informed Choice programs. Topical Edge assures you that our products are safer for athletes to use and permitted in sport by all governing bodies.

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Topical Edge's clinically proven PR Lotion helps you train harder, go faster, push longer and recover quicker. Use it every time you suit up. You’ll feel stronger and your muscles will feel better afterwards, so you can hit it again tomorrow.

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