Hallman a new man, long-running allergy problem solved

by Steven Marrocco | source: mmajunkie.com

MMA veteran Dennis Hallman (41-13-2 MMA, 1-4 UFC) could never figure out why he was so utterly exhausted after training and why his cardio seemed to fail him during fights.

Hallman, who faces Ben Saunders at UFC 117, recently discovered he has Celiac disease, which means he is allergic to wheat. He's now cut the grain out of his diet, and told MMAjunkie Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) he feels like a new man.

Hallman didn't attribute the loss to his condition, but he later sought out doctors to find out what was happening to him. After tests, he said they were "troubled" with what they found. His body wasn't producing testosterone or cortisol, two hormones essential to the activity and recovery of an athlete. The wheat in his diet was preventing him from absorbing the nutrients that allowed him to produce the chemicals.

Celiac disease affects over two million people in the U.S. and is often hereditary. It can cause damage to the body's internal organs, though it is not fatal.

Hallman has been off wheat since May and has immediately noticed the difference.

"I have actual cortisol in my body now, so I have recovery time," Hallman said. "When I get tired, I can recover."

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shmuckothemighty site profile image  

3/21/12 10:31 PM by shmuckothemighty

So this is Necro, but I have trying to be Gluten free since this thread, and with some exceptions I keep to this diet, I fell better and more energetic.I finally after an almost 2 year Haitus went back to BJJ last week and today I went for my second consecutive class in a row.In both classes my near 40 year old as was able to keep up do everything and roll 25 minutes at the end.2 days in a row(I tapped so much I felt like the Lord of the Dance but anyways)I have never been able to train 2 days in a row, I was always sore and exhausted for a day or so.I am sore now but nothing like I used to be.I was tired during rolling but not out of breath and able to stay constantly active.All this from being Gluten free.This thread changed my life.Slow clap to the UG

Dawkins site profile image  

7/25/10 3:47 PM by Dawkins

5 days no gluten for me

shmuckothemighty site profile image  

7/25/10 12:33 PM by shmuckothemighty

It's hard to find them at the bars, I tried to switch to rum and coke but drank it in about 1 minute. (FYI I like to nurse a pint for a 1/2 hour) I have switched to Strongbow apple cider you might as well give me a purse and call me Mary.Anyways it's been interesting avoiding wheat as its in everything I like (no tempura last night boo hoo) and finding substitutes.Potato starch based bread is horrible except for making French Toast, rice flour based substitutes seems better.I am waiting till August starts to start back into Jiu jitsu and will see if my gas tank and recovery time improves, it will have only been 3 weeks so who knowsAnother interesting tidbit is the potential conection between celiac disease, diabetes and colon cancer, and that my father (a big beer drink) had both.Anyways off to have a gluten free rice flour bagel and maybe a bowl of Glutino's ceral in rice dream - rice milk (which I actually like)

NorthFromHere site profile image  

7/25/10 11:53 AM by NorthFromHere

Corn and rice based beers contain very little gluten. There are also beers that containing no gluten at all.

U4EA site profile image  

7/25/10 10:26 AM by U4EA

TTT and spread the word! Say "NO!" to gluten!

DJLastCall site profile image  

7/20/10 4:01 PM by DJLastCall


dunchurrn site profile image  

7/20/10 3:54 PM by dunchurrn

Dennis, if you're still reading this thread, don't forget to throw out your old toaster

U4EA site profile image  

7/20/10 3:35 PM by U4EA

BTW, excess mucus consumption IIRC is linked to dairy consumption too - the body produces more in order to protect itself and channel the dairy out of the body.

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7/20/10 3:33 PM by U4EA

You have to remember that the initial reaction to the gluten is tiredness/bloating. But it's the sustained consumption of it that leads to damage to the digestive tract and the malabsorbtion of nutrients. My body is totally and completely different when I dont eat it, but it took 5-6 days before I really started to notice the change. I really cant believe I used eat that stuff all the time. No wonder I felt so shitty.While the site has a few too many ads for my taste these days, this is still a really good source of info for paleo diet and recipes...http://www.marksdailyapple.com/http://www.marksdailyapple.com/gluten-celiac-disease/

Dawkins site profile image  

7/20/10 1:56 PM by Dawkins

I have all 3 of those problems and always spiting out mucus. I'll try it starting to today! Even Shredded cheese??