I’m not the biggest tennis fan in the world but I’ve been following the case of Novak Djokovic closely since I read an article that, after being diagnosed with celiac disease, he cut gluten out of his diet. Djokovic is now ranked the number one tennis player on the planet, and has been since July 2011. Here’s a list of his achievements since he eliminated this nightmare food from his diet:
- made the final of the U.S. Open
- won the Davis Cup and Australian Open
- defeated Rafael Nadal four times
- went on a 43-match winning streak, the third longest of the Open era.
A coincidence? I think not.
Once you understand the role that gluten can play in creating ill health, it’s not hard to see why such a simple change could create such an enormous improvement in performance:
The New England Journal of Medicine stated that gluten-intolerance can cause 55 different diseases.
It causes inflammation and pain in the intestines, which can also spill over to cause an inflammatory response that may affect literally any or every tissue in the body.
The most common every day symptoms we see with gluten are:
- Stomach pain
- Constipation and diarrhoea
- Low energy
- Depression (its effects on the brain are significant and it can cause lesions, ADD, ADHD and many mental conditions)
- Skin problems, particularly dermatitis
As you can see, these symptoms are uncannily similar to those caused by Helicobacter pylori, which is why, even when folk have H pylori, ALL their symptoms sometimes go away when they simply follow a gluten-free diet!
We have some wonderful tools to help you learn more about gluten and successfully. Please learn more about this epidemic. It is hurting people everywhere.
The full article detailing Novak Djokovic’s meteoric rise is here: