Djokovic gluten free

EVENTSNovak Djokovic’s book, Serve to Win (Bantam Press, £12.99), details his rise to success and how going gluten-free has helped him to go on to become one of the top players. The 27 year old tennis player now has 41 titles to his name including six Grand Slams.  Try our December competition to win a copy.

A few years ago he was suffering from health problems on court – breathing difficulties,  aches and pains, and persistent injuries. As soon as he gave up gluten – forgoing his favourite pizza, as well as pasta and bread – he began to feel clearer, lighter and quicker.  Gluten is a protein found in the cereals wheat, rye and barley.  His record shows the results, and he ends 2013 as the winner of the ATP World Tour Finals.

Allergy or intolerance?

Although often described as an allergy, it is usually food intolerance that affects people, but the symptoms can be wide-ranging.  Food intolerance manifests itself as discomfort because of the body’s inability to process a particular food, but it is not life-threatening. A food allergy can be very serious such as the anaphylactic shock response to peanuts that can endanger life.

The strange thing about food intolerance is that you may have absolutely no idea and it may only be obvious after a very long period of time, but you can take an intolerance test in your own home. There is such a huge range of symptoms that in general we put them down to other factors such as age, stress or just ‘one of those things’.

 

Symptoms include:

Abdominal pains

Aches and pains

Acne

Bloating

Constipation

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Depression

Diarrhoea

Dizziness

Eczema

Fatigue

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Itching

Fluid retention

Headaches

Hyperactivity

Loss of Appetite

Migraine

Nausea

Rashes

Respiratory Symptoms

Restless Leg Syndrome

Rhinitis

Sinusitis

Stomach cramps

Tension

Urticaria

Weight loss

Wheezing

(courtesy of Allergy UK)

Gluten is also a problem for anyone with coeliac disease and should be taken out of the diet once it is diagnosed. There are plenty of Free From foods in the supermarket nowadays that are gluten-free.

*Serve to Win published by Bantam Press, £12.99

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