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A recent 3-month study on elite athletes (Kostic-Vucicevic et al., 2017) showed that significant improvements in gastrointestinal discomfort and sports performance have been achieved by following elimination diets based upon IgG food intolerance.

Repeated intensive physical activity can cause an increase in the permeability of the gastrointestinal barrier, potentially leading to IgG mediated food intolerance. This may result in low grade chronic inflammation, which for athletes can really make the difference in terms of achieving optimal sporting performance. This conclusion has been supported by this recent study and is an exciting development in the field of elite sport.

As experts and the market leader in immune mediated IgG food intolerance testing, we have been instrumental in helping individuals to attain relief of a wide range of health-related symptoms. We are now focusing on bringing this support to the sports market with our FoodPrint highly sensitive laboratory test, to assist athletes in achieving that extra 1% with regards to their athletic performance.

To further enhance this support, we also offer an adrenal diagnostic test. This test assesses the functioning of the adrenal glands and helps guidance of the correct protocol to ensure balanced hormone secretion to help sustain intense exercise regimes. Due to the direct link between stress and the adrenals researchers have highlighted that severe over-training over an extended period can result in adrenal depletion and a reduction in hormonal secreted by the glands. This can induce over-training syndrome (characterised by chronic fatigue, burnout and staleness), where the adrenal glands are no longer able to maintain proper hormonal levels, due to an imbalance between training versus recovery and therefore, negatively affect athletic performance.

Other key signs of over-training syndrome include exercise intolerance and non-restorative sleep. As a result, athletes can experience poor or very slow recovery, elevated resting heart rate, increased injuries as the body can't control inflammation and weight gain around the waist. In addition, the athlete feels that they are unable to function properly without large amounts of sugar and caffeine, which unfortunately, only compound the problem, as they place a further load upon the adrenal glands.

Both of these tests and others offered by Cambridge Nutritional Sciences may help to guide an athlete with regards to the required nutritional and lifestyle strategies needed to help optimise performance.