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MMA Health: Nutrients Overview

Written on September 20, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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To acquire good health and physical fitness, you'll need proper nutrition. Check out Fighting Insider's overview of the basic body nutrients.

The key component for a good health and physical fitness is proper nutrition. For athletes who works on their weight, proper nutrition consumption is the most important aid for gaining. According to fitness expert, Joe Franco, an appropriate assortment of food from the four food groups can offer all the basic nutrients that the body requires for an optimum performance. Food satisfies three bodily needs:

1. Energy requirement
2. Tissue growth and repair
3. Energy regulation of metabolic functions

That said, know the basic nutrients that the body requires and their benefits by hitting the break.

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MMA Nutrition: Post-activity Carbohydrates

Written on August 17, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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While taking your carbs before your training is important, the same goes with post-activity carbohydrates.

While taking your carbs before exercise or training is important, taking your carbohydrates after session is equally imperative. Repleneshing the carbs you’ve burned during your training can bring your body in a better position to perform at high level again. However, you should take in higher glycemic carbs like carb drinks, bar and fruits, since they are fast acting. These makes your body recharge faster, compare to its slow burning counterparts.

Research also shows that combining carbohydrates with protein within 30 minutes of exercise increases the insulin response by almost 100%. This results to more store glycogen. However, eating more protein than carbohydrates slows rehydration and glycogen replenishment. As such, the optimal carbs to protein ratio is 4:1.

In relation to this, one study found that athletes who refuel with carbohydrates and proteins have 100% greater muscle glycogen stores and higher insulin than those who take carbs alone.


MMA Diet 101: Protein

Written on March 13, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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In this week's edition of MMA Diet 101: How important is protein for our body and how should it be consumed?

It’s no mystery that protein builds muscles and that it is made up of various amino acids. Hence, most fighters make protein and protein supplement the cornerstone of their unbalanced diet. Typically, scientific advice would say that athletes of any discipline must take one gram of protein per pound of body weight. But wouldn’t that make the fighter think too much about food measure? In reality, there is no perfect number of protein intakes. All that a fighter needs to do is take some protein with each meal.

The most common sources of protein are chicken, buffalo and turkey. However, animal proteins can also make human blood more acidic. Biologically, mineral calcium balances the acidity in the body. That said, too much acid in the body can take calcium away from the bones if necessary. There are various foods that can give quality protein, while also containing healthy compounds. Beans, for instance, are high in protein and in fiber. It also has various heart-healthy and cancer-fighting antioxidant compounds.

If you want to have a balance protein intake on your diet, follow the five simple tips posted after the break.

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