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Fighting Fit Pt. 1: The Importance Of A Healthy Gut



In recent year’s more studies have been carried out to highlight the importance of a healthy gut and its effect on the body’s immune system and brain health.

Pre and Probiotics are very important for this. So, what exactly are they?


• They are a specialised plant fibre which gives nourishment to the good bacteria in your large bowel and colon
• Helps to promote growth of good bacteria already existing in your gut. They act like a fertiliser!
• There are now studies to suggest they help to alleviate anxiety, depression and stress.
• Prebiotics help to reduce Cortisol, the stress hormone that has a catabolic effect on the body and considered a factor in adrenal fatigue.

Foods like contain high levels of PRE BIOTICS include:

• Asparagus
• Jerusalem artichokes
• Oatmeal
• Bananas


• Good bacteria that help balance out good and bad bacteria and enzymes in the digestive tract and digestive system
• They are very delicate! Heat and Stomach acids can destroy them
• Should be taken after a course of antibiotics as antibiotics kill all bacteria in the gut! You should always consult your doctor or medical practitioner to find out how long after a course you can start taking probiotics.
• They are so delicate they should be kept in the fridge so that the bacteria can survive. You can now purchase shelf stable pro biotics which have a protective coating so they can survive heat and stomach acids
• The higher the living strains and organisms in your product the better. More does mean better in this case!

Foods that contain high levels of PRO BIOTICS include:

• Yoghurt with live organisms
• Kefir milk
• Sauerkraut
• Dark Chocolate
• Pickles

There is not a food that contains both pre and pro biotics however you can purchase supplements that contain both. If the product is not a shelf stable product and doesn’t contain the heat and acid protective coating, then always ask about delivery as they need to be kept in a cold environment so the bacteria doesn’t die.

As with most supplements you won’t feel the effect immediately. The bacteria take’s time to build in your system. Positive effects on the body will range from clearer thinking, less bloating, reduced constipation, relieving the effects of heartburn and indigestion, stronger immune system which helps reduce illness and tiredness.

A healthy digestive tract will help your body absorb more nutrients from your food which as a fighter is vitally important. Better absorption can help will weight loss, reduce fatigue, improve recovery after training and decision making.

Although fighters are now looking after their nutrition better than ever, you will still see starvation and dehydration methods. This has a detrimental effect on the body. Rehydration and refuelling is made harder as the digestive system has been played about with. This often results in bloating or diarrhoea from being unable to digest macro and micro nutrients, something ideally you don’t need after a severe weight cut! This is why you should always plan and control your diet. (Have a read our ‘art of making weight’ series)

We strongly recommend taking a pre and probiotic supplement as it is hard to get the rich containing foods in during camp as they may not be included in your diet plan.

Next time we look at Digestive Enzymes!

Thanks for reading

Darren (dede) Deane


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  1. Victor Vargas

    February 15, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Nice little piece. I usually try to get some probiotics but was rather ignorant on prebiotics. Gonna try and look into that now.

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Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”



Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:

Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”

Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.

Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”

Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217



UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.


This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results



Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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