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    Is Gluten-free Diet Collin McHugh's Secret Weapon?

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    Celiac.com 07/24/2015 - Before Joining the Houston Astros in December 2013, pitcher Collin McHugh chalked a career record of zero wins and eight losses, with an 8.94 ERA. He basically bounced around the league until he caught the eyes of the Astros.

    Major league pitcher and gluten-free eater Collin McHugh. Photo: CC--SLCCKGCSince joining the Astros, McHugh has gone 16 wins, 11 losses, with a 3.17 era, and is currently 5-2 for 2015.



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    This turnaround coincides with a decision by McHugh to follow a gluten-free diet, after suffering from stomach and digestive complaints that go back to childhood.

    McHugh's decision to gluten-free came just as the Astros picked him up, and he's been firm in his commitment to both the team and his diet.

    After sticking to the gluten-free diet, McHugh says he lost a substantial amount of weight and picked up some additional energy: "The times you feel bad or you're drained weren't as frequent. Energy-wise, there was a big difference."

    Whether McHugh's newfound performance success is due to cutting gluten from his diet, is unclear.

    Recent science LINK says that McHugh may benefit if he suffers from celiac disease. Otherwise, not so much.

    In either case, I'm sure McHugh and the Astros will take whatever benefits they get on the field.

    Read more at Foxsports.com.

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    I would sure like to know if the stomach and digestive issues cleared up. I medically have to be gluten free, being gluten intolerant. Being woken at 3am with severe cramping pain keeps me strict; not to mention a clearer brain and many other chronic conditions that have disappeared. But I didn't lose weight, I gained. So I'm a bit suspicious about this baseball player. Unless his digestive problems also cleared, he story adds to the FAD! And FADs fade when people start rolling the eyes as they tire of them!

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    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,500 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.


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