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Interesting article how gluten was ruining a professional tennis player career.

Look exactly how his doctor and nutritionist TEST for gluten problems: simply by doing KINESIOLOGICAL tests to the Serbian player!

How he loses energy just by touching his stomach (meaning probably his stomach was in trouble), and then he loses further energy by HOLDING a piece of bread (meaning probably, bread was a bad idea for him).

He then shifted to a gluten free diet.

the article says that LATER BLOOD tests showed he was INTOLERANT to wheat and dairy (but didn't say he was allergic).

One year later, he had lost weight but became stronger and healthier.

"The world No 1’s diet is based on vegetables, beans, white meat, fish, fruit, nuts, seeds, chickpeas, lentils and healthy oils."

"Djokovic believes the diet has made him more level-headed and less anxious or prone to anger, though other routines have also helped in that respect. "

"After lunch – when he avoids sugar, protein and unsuitable carbohydrates – Djokovic does a one-hour workout using weights or resistance bands, after which he takes a protein drink."

"If it seems extraordinary that a change of diet could so change an athlete’s life, Djokovic’s example has been followed by plenty of others. Several other tennis players have gone on to similar regimes and many tournaments now offer gluten-free and dairy-free food."

"Dr William Davis, whose 19-year-old daughter Lauren is the world No 70, has written a foreword to Djokovic’s book.

A cardiologist, Dr Davis has written extensively about the problems caused by eating modern wheat, which he says is the product of “genetic manipulations by geneticists and agribusiness”.

Among the physical problems Dr Davis says eating wheat can cause are ulcerative colitis, acid reflux, abdominal stress and rheumatoid arthritis.

He also says it can contribute to paranoia, schizophrenia and autism.

He says that eating wheat “has the potential to cripple performance, cloud mental focus, and bring a champion to his knees”.

Djokovic knows exactly what he means."

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Both Silver and I can testify to this. She has an intolerance to wheat that manifests itself with a scratchy throat, swelling of the throat and generalized "blah" feeling when she gets gluten accidentally.

I know for me that I get exceedingly tired (nap attack!) if I get a good bit of wheat.

I have a good time wherever I go!

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When will the pharmaceutical industry start leaving gluten out of so many of the Rx, I wonder.

Even that trace can matter, too. Lip balm is another one that can surprise people -- and vitamin E if from wheat germ oil (though that can get a little fuzzy though and not all celiac sites are as concerned).

It's tricky out there and, while it can be a hassle early on figuring out all the things to be aware of, it is good to hear from those for whom it makes a difference to avoid it. It is worth it.

But until I searched out everything such as lip balm, Rx, even vitamins, etc. I was still getting it. And even a trace does matter.

Anything we put on our lips literally becomes our food and must be researched as such, too.

Be aware that if a package says, "gluten free" it still may not be safe if manufactured in a plant that shares equipment / space with wheat, barley, kamut, rye, spelt, faro / faro (and early wheat).

It should be CERTIFIED gluten free and it's important to research the food / item's path.

Deli items and Bulk Foods also require some attention. If wheat is flying around where the prep space is or equipment shared, that matters.

Even a toaster at home should be dedicated only to GF breads (as if any are really workable in a toaster, though).

So many think they are gluten free and going to considerable effort. I was for a long time before I learned there were more places to look. Then I saw much better progress in this regard.

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I am also doing SO MUCH better on a raw vegan diet which I have eaten for the past month (see fullyrawkristina on youtube).

No wheat, no dairy, no meat, no sugar, no rice--- just raw fruits and vegetables for now. (I get my day's protein from a shake I make with fruit and with pea protein powder.)

I make a cooked vegetable (fresh portabella mushroom soup with diced yam) just once a week if I am craving something cooked. Everything else is raw-- fresh, raw fruits and vegetables have a huge mount of enzymes that cooked food does not.

My blood pressure is down to almost normal--- and so is my fasting glucose--- from pre diabetic 106 to non diabetic 97.!!! My weight is down 7 pounds. The health benefits of this diet are quite amazing-- I did not believe it. My mood is much better, and I belive my fatigue is slowly resolving. I am waiting for the Lyme arthritis to resolve, and I hope it does. They say it takes 3 months on this diet to see results for Lyme.

All I am doing for the weight loss side of it is to limit mangos and avocados to one per day each.

My skin is also much smoother and more supple, and all the lesions are pretty much gone.

Read the China Study and find out the casein is actually carcinogenic.

I did not think I could get off dairy and wheat--- but this diet is so amazing-- I love the colors and aromas of fresh fruits and vegetables now!!

I just went off wheat, dairy and sugar cold turkey -- and started with unlimited mangos--- then cut back to one mango a day-- after I realized that I was doing fine without wheat and dairy and sugar.

I also make spaghetti out of spiralized raw zucchini--- topped with a bit of hot sesame oil, black sesame seeds, diced tomato and diced red onion with fresh garlic... MMMM.... much better than milk and wheat!!! And amazing health benefits, too.

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Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder. Blood tests aren't totally reliable but a biopsy is the gold standard, if the person is still on gluten. If a person has been off gluten, he or she has to go back on it for 6 months for an accurate test, which isn't really doable for most.

Those with celiac react to microscopic amounts of gluten. The website gives info on foods and ingredients that have gluten. For instance, maltodextrin, natural flavors etc.

Celiac is different from intolerance and is also not an allergy. it affects the villi in the gut.

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It's nice you guys are all in the gluten free diet.

I'm also trying it recently, and I feel so much more energetic (let's say, I have more energy longer in the day).

Today I did my first gluten free pizza. Not that great, but daughter wanted to eat pizza.

I'm not someone that really likes to go for tests... I just try diets, if they feel good, I go on.

I don't think tests catch many health problems, anyway. I trust my gut more than a lab test.

I haven't stopped casein, but I may try that too.

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I found this article, which explains simply how this lady could mend her brain (her brain was getting foggy after cancer, chemio, menopause and aging...).

Boosting the Brain, Mending the Mind

Because honestly: post-menopause, post-cancer, and post-chemo, at the age of 61, my mind functions better than ever. (And the rest of me ain’t bad either!)

I’m not remarkable in experiencing this, or in my ability to bounce back. You can, too.

The foundation, as always, is Nutrition.

Inflammation and insulin resistance effect the brain, along with every other organ.

So we need to get inflammation down, lower that hyper-vigilant response that comes from too many foods we can’t actually digest, and even out blood sugar issues.

And yes, supplements and other supports, can help. Sometimes dramatically.

This is material I’ve written about and talk about endlessly, but here are my basics:

1- Identify and eliminate food sensitivities, which increase inflammation and aut0-immune issues.

2- Eliminate gluten 100% and consider eliminating, or at least minimizing, all grains.

3- Minimize sugars, foods that are metabolized as sugars, and packaged/processed foods.

4- Eat real food: small portions of animal protein, plenty of healthy fats, nuts and seeds, lots of veggies, a little bit of fruit.

5- You are not what you eat. You are what you can digest. Heal your gut.

6- You are also what you eat, ate. Choose pastured/grass fed/free range animals.

7- Choose organic produce when possible. Check the annual lists of the dirtiest and cleanest. Second choice is fresh and local.

8- Hydrate with good quality water. Rule of thumb is half your weight in ounces each day. If it goes right to your bladder, you are not being hydrated.

9- Avoid artificial sweeteners, which don’t help with weight loss or maintenance, and are toxic.

I love it when she says: eat what you can digest!!

I think this should be rule number 1.

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