In our last blog post we detailed what carbohydrates are, how beneficial it is in your nutrition and what our body does when we eat them. To understand how to fuel a MMA fighter you have to understand the fuel itself, and to do this we need to continue covering the Macronutrients and how it can be added to your MMA diet. The next one to examine is probably the best known and least understood, protein.
When we eat protein, our stomach breaks it down in to amino acids and these pass into our small intestine where they can enter the blood stream, and then be used in our body as we need.
Protein gets so much attention because our whole body is built on it. Our muscles, skin, immune system, enzymes, hormones and chemicals are all made from protein (more specifically amino acids). Unlike carbs, we don’t have a particular place that our body can store these amino acids (broken down protein). If we have too much, we simply send them to the liver, then to the kidney, and then down the toilet.