Guess Which World-Renown Athlete Credits Cutting Gluten with Elevating His Game?

By on August 18, 2015

professional athletes on gluten-free dietWimbledon is over, and once again the men’s trophy went to Novak Djokovic. Not surprising since Djokovic is the number one ranked male tennis player in the world (and has sitting on top of the rankings for an astounding 155 weeks). In fact, Djokovic has made appearances in the finals of all three major tournaments so far in 2015, taking a victory at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. Next up for him is the U.S. Open, where he will no doubt dominate once again.

Today, the Serb is known for being a ferocious competitor with a nearly flawless return game and an engine that just won’t quit. It wasn’t always like this. Early in in his career, Djokovic regularly suffered from breathing problems, digestive issues, and muscle cramps during his matches. Oftentimes he struggled to make it through long five-set matches. Djokovic tried everything to address these issues. He underwent nasal surgery, changed his training routine, and even took up yoga. Still, his physical breakdowns continued.

It was only in 2010 when he switched to a gluten-free diet that he felt much lighter and more energetic. The mid-match breakdowns nearly disappeared, and now, unencumbered by nagging health woes, Djokovic never looked back. He is now a dominant force in the tennis world and considered one of the greatest players of all time.

Djokovic credits his major turnaround to kicking gluten and dairy out of his life. In fact, he is so convinced that his diet change his life and his career, that he wrote a book about his transformation, called Serve to Win.

In the book, Djokovic writes about his childhood in war torn Serbia and how he loved bread and pasta (his parents owned a pizza restaurant). He then recounts how embracing a gluten-free and diary-free diet gave him the health and strength he needed to climb the ranks of men’s professional tennis.

If you love professional sports or need guidance on cutting gluten from your diet, consider picking up a copy of Serve to Win. Djokovic lays out a fourteen-day blueprint for “remaking your body and your life,” as his book description reads. You can also read this interesting Men’s Fitness article, which reveals a typical daily menu for Djokovic.

Professional athletes like Novak Djokovic show that cutting gluten from the diet can improve the health and fitness of certain people with gluten sensitivities. If taking out gluten could help Novak Djokovic rise to become the top tennis player in the world, perhaps it’s worth trying to improve your game and your life as well!

Learn even more about Djokovic’s spectacular turnaround.

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