Gluten Sensitivity Symptoms – How Athletes Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray Overcame Them

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Are you an athlete or do you work requiring a lot of energy in a day? Currently not a lot of people can maintain a high energy session such as playing tennis or soccer for hours.

Lactic acid builds in the body muscles and your temperature rises and can make it virtually impossible for you to continue. Athletes often complain of tiredness and chronic fatigue just minutes into a big game.

This is one such situation that haunted Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray both finalists at the Australian Open Tennis Championship.

Discover how two these stars improved their performance by removing gluten (and other problem foods) from their diets.

Well, these two athletes would have continued to face this problem if not for their health practitioners. They have observed that the athletes would get exhausted really first while playing and although Djokovic had asthma, he was sure it was not the cause of fatigue. Their doctors discovered that the main cause of athletes’ fatigue comes from gluten.

“The energy level that you have is something I’ve never experienced before. You don’t ever have that crash, the high and then the low,” according to McGraw.

“Those periods of the day when you crave carbs or sugar, feeling drowsy at work or in the car or wherever, you don’t have that anymore, it’s a completely different thing — it’s sustained, you don’t have the foods cravings like I used to. “It’s a completely different energy source that your body’s operating from. The ability to maintain a lean athletic figure is effortless.”

Gluten is a protein mainly found in grains like wheat, rye, barley and possible oats. Foods like pasta, cereals, bread and other processed foods i.e. cakes and biscuits contain this protein.




A large segment of the population have been found to be intolerant of gluten. When they ingest it it causes severe health complications such as Celiac Disease. Celiac Disease is a condition due to gluten intolerance that stops the body processing food effectively due to damage to the ileum (small intestine).

Symptoms of Celiac Disease include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Anemia (since the body doesn’t absorb iron, B12 and folate)
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Indigestion
  • Bloating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight loss
  • Infertility
  • Fatigue

How is this condition treated?  Find a health practitioner who can help, but In simple terms…

  • Keep off gluten out of your diet
  • Take probiotics to aid in recovery of the beneficial bacteria in your gut

Many people have sensitivity to gluten which has almost similar symptoms to gluten intolerance…

  • Bloating
  • Abdominal discomfort/pain
  • Muscular problems
  • Bone/joint pain

The reasons for all these health issues have increased in recent years due to drastic changes in diet. Genetically modified grains contain high amounts of gluten which in turn pass on to breads and pasta since these grains are the main ingredient in these foods. Cutting out on these foods is what makes Djokovic and Murray maintain a long session comfortably.

For people like Djokovic, maintaining a normal blood sugar level is important and getting rid of processed foods and sugars such as high-fructose corn syrup will assist in avoiding gluten sensitivity symptoms. As adults we should eat less dairy products since as we become older we generally become more intolerant to lactose.

Technology has become a “double-edged sword” – while it has increased food quantities by enabling processed foods, the down side is that technology has not increased the quality of what we eat. These processed foods have hormones, pesticides, preservatives, flavor enhancers and many more causing a lot more health complications in many people.




A lot of products have come up in the market that are gluten free but they contain additives and preservatives that may not be so good for you. The best way for you to be sure that you are taking a correct diet is to seek nutrition advice as well as eat whole food diets avoid the known culprits that cause most people trouble, and, you may experience the energy levels of these athletes through such a diet.

Article Reference: CNN

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Tricia Fecteau

I have tried to share what I have learned years in my book called "Gluten-Free with Love" available on Amazon and on my website. I want to help you in your journey to good health.

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