When tennis pro Novak Djokovic discovered that he was allergic to gluten, he made the switch to a gluten-free diet and experienced something unexpected – his tennis game completely changed! Without a moment’s hesitation, the 24 year old Serbian tennis player said goodbye to his favorite comfort foods like pizza, French bread, pretzels, pasta and beer. Now he attributes his recent weight loss and muscle strength – as well as a noticeable increase in energy and focus – to this radical change in his diet. Thanks to detecting his intolerance to gluten – a protein composite found in grass-like grains wheat, barley, rye, and spelt – this tennis pro was able to press a virtual internal “reset” button!
And, as for his fans – they’re stunned by his transformation on court. It’s been said that Djokovics’ once sloppy serve is now “precise, fluid and, at times, devastating!” His forehand and backhand also seem to have done a 180° turn, now being described as “hitting winners that seem to subscribe to undiscovered laws of physics…”[!]
We wrote that May, Gluten Free Awareness Month, was a great opportunity for people with gluten intolerance to carefully assess their food product sources and packaging. It’s a full time job, and whether experiencing a simple allergy or suffering from Celiac disease, consumers can always look for products that have been certified “Gluten-free” which will bear this certification label:
With few exceptions, Bigelow® teas are naturally Gluten-free. To assist anyone with sensitivity to Gluten, Bigelow Tea clearly indicates “Gluten Free” or “Not Gluten Free” next to the ingredient statements on our website. In addition, we’ve put together quite a few sweet and savory Gluten-free recipes* for every palate, along with all of our outstanding teas. So do have a look-see!
*Note: The recipes designated Gluten free do not include the following ingrediets: wheat, rye, barley, or oats; or ingredients that might contain these, but Bigelow Tea does not assume liability for information reported on our recipes. However, anyone who needs or wants to follow a gluten free (GF) diet should check ingredients and products to ensure they are GF (for example, sesame seeds are naturally GF, but it’s always wise to check with the manufacturer to make sure that gluten was not introduced to the product during processing). Bigelow Tea makes no guarantees that the recipes are appropriate for your diet. Individuals should consult with their physician or other medical professional.
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