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Jul
06

Gluten-Free Diet behind Tennis Star's Success

Author : Hazel Econs
Related Conditions : Crohn's Disease , Food Intolerance / non-allergic food hypersenstivity , Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I love the annual ritual of Wimbledon Tennis, made even more special this year by Andy Murray now playing in the finals!  

Although Andy's opponent will not be Novak Djokovic in this final, I was particularly interested to see the reason being given for Djokovic’s recent success is not just due to his agility, baseline aggression and strong serve, but also as a result of his recent change in diet.

Djokovic was known in the past for frequently calling for the trainer on court in his matches and whispers in the locker room were that he lacked stamina and was a weakling.  Now all that has changed since he saw a nutritionist, who identified he has allergies to some foods.  He was diagnosed with coeliac disease.  The dietary changes he has had to make included avoiding wheat and other grains containing gluten - a protein in many grains which irritates the small intestine and causes a number of symptoms such as bloating, change in bowel habit, weight loss, loss of appetite and others.

Avoidance of wheat and gluten includes not only bread, pizza, pasta and cereals but also cakes and biscuits.  Food manufacturers frequently use grains in processed foods as well as being used as a filler in foods such as sausages, coating for fish fingers or chicken nuggets, as well as a thickener in gravy and sauces.  However, with more and more “Free From” products available on the market there are now many alternatives, which makes avoidance much easier.

Novak Djokovic is living proof that once one has identified food allergies and intolerances, which can have a serious effect on one’s health, we can lead not just a relatively normal life but rather can excel.

At Allergy Medical UK, we help many people to identify their food allergies and intolerances.  Our aim is to ensure they once again see and feel the benefits of good health and well-being and no longer suffer with the various symptoms that can be the result of various food allergies and intolerances.

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