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MMA Nutrition: Hydration

Written on September 07, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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In order to perform at your best, a MMA fighter also requires proper hydration.

Muscle cramps, chills and nausea are signs of dehydration — a MMA fighter’s worst enemy against optimum performance. In fact, an athlete can experience a rapid decline in performance when losing 1 – 2% of water weight.

According to Miyagi “Mack” Kurihana, California Boxing Hall of Fame trainer, it doesn’t matter how good of a fighter you are if you loss steam in the middle of a fight. Even notable fighters can be out pointed when they are overcome with cramping and muscle fatigue. That said, nutritional products that enable athletes to stay hydrated and keep their muscles in fighting form must be included in their fitness repertoire.

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