When Novak Djokovic attributed much of his crazy-awesome tennis success to his new, gluten-free diet, he may have started quite the trend.
Not only did Djokovic bring increased attention to the benefits of the gluten-free diet, but he also focused that attention on athletic performance. Now, golf star Michelle Wie has announced her own gluten-free diet. Will it bring her the same runaway success?
According to an article on the Taipei Times, Wie was directly inspired by Djokovic. The article goes on to quote her as saying, “I am allergic to everything in this world, I don’t really digest food very well…So I just thought maybe if I cut out gluten, I can feel better because I heard that it causes inflammation, everything … but it’s been week three and I feel a big difference.”
Wie, who is Hawaiian-born and of Korean descent, has won the LPGA championship twice. A bit of digging around on the internet seems to indicate that she may also have longstanding allergies/intolerances/avoidances of eggs, dairy and bees.
The two biggest takeaways from this news seem to be a) a reminder that celiac disease and gluten sensitivity can affect people of all ethnic backgrounds and b) a reminder that symptoms are not always related to the gut — joint pain and swelling are just as likely to be caused by gluten as are traditional GI symptoms.
What do you think? Will going gluten-free have an impact on Wie’s game?