Regarding physical exercise, would it be good to avoid gluten in order to improve the sport performance even if we are not celiac?
This tendency has been shown after studying the frequency, perceptions and beliefs surrounding non-celiac athletes. Let’s not forget that gluten sensitivity cannot exist without celiac disease.
From a sample of 942 athletes without celiac disease, more than 40% claim that at least 50% of their diet is gluten-free. Surprisingly, the reason to start following this diet was an auto-diagnosis of a disorder related to gluten.
According to the authors, people follow a gluten-free diet because they believe that it helps to lose weight apart from being healthier. In addition, they think that they will relieve the gastrointestinal discomfort and systemic inflammation. Therefore, it would potentially improve their psychological well being and sport performance.
Problems of a Gluten-free diet
However, following a gluten-free diet without adequate nutritional advice can be associated with a series of problems. First of all, an increase in expenditure, +242% when compared to a normal and balanced diet, with its corresponding psychological impact. In addition, an inadequate intake of group B vitamins, fiber or iron.
Recurrent gastrointestinal stress, injuries or periods of high intensity can make us more susceptible to gastrointestinal problems. However, there is nothing we cannot fix with proper rest, recovery strategies, individualized diet and work redistribution.
This findings are very important and they show how important it is to follow advice based on scientific evidence. Do not change your diet due to non-clinical reasons and make sure that you meet your nutrient requirements. In the end, you will see how your sport performance improves.
- Lis, D., Stellingwerff, T., Kitic, C. M., Ahuja, K. D., & Fell, J. (2015). No Effects of a Short-Term Gluten-free Diet on Performance in Nonceliac Athletes. Medicine and science in sports and exercise.
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