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Golf Nutrition

Golf Nutrition by Stephen Lau

Golf nutrition is important for your golfing success. It keeps you in optimum physical and mental conditions, which are the criteria for a good game.

Athletes in many sports focus on good nutrition for better sports performance. However, in the game of golf, little attention is paid to golf nutrition because many golfers regard the sport as a slow-moving activity requiring little aerobic or anaerobic energy. As such, they may have ignored the fundamentals of good nutrition necessary for golfing success.

Truly, most golfers’ diet is not healthy. Golfers are mostly bad eaters. Many of them focus on the game, completely oblivious to their diet.

For sustenance, they stuff into their mouths donuts, egg and sausage biscuits, chips and assorted junk foods, and consume beer or sugar-loaded beverages for quenching their thirst. Worse, at the 19th hole, further indulgences jeopardize their health, making some of them worse off in shape than prior to their round.

Golf nutrition contributes to a good diet, leading to good scores. Golf is a game of extended endurance, requiring focus, rhythm, and consistency, which are the fundamentals for golfing success. You need a good diet to provide you with adequate energy throughout a round. Only a healthy body and mind will give you the same measure of strength, flexibility, concentration, and physical and emotional consistency throughout all 18 holes with little fluctuation. Golf nutrition may give you a body and mind for optimum performance.

Overweight is a major factor that affects your scores. Your body shape is a reflection of your performance. Several previously overweight professionals have made major improvements in their tournament standings after losing weight and getting into shape.

Golf nutrition may get you into better shape for better scores.

How to Lose Weight

So what is the secret to weight loss and weight control?

There are only two major factors affecting weight loss:

  
·   You must be healthy.
  
·   You must eat less.

That may sound too simple and obvious to be true. But if you are healthy, most probably you do not have a weight problem. On the other hand, if you are unhealthy, and you would want to lose weight, it is almost impossible without restoring your health first. So, first and foremost, you must have a healthy body before you can manage your weight, or even shed a few extra pounds of unwanted weight. But no fad diets please! Fad diets simply don’t work!

How to Keep a Healthy Body

A healthy body needs detoxification.

You must detoxify it. A body, loaded with toxins from the environment, from the chemicals in your foods and water, from your pharmaceutical drugs, is never healthy. Detoxification prepares the groundwork for golf nutrition.

To detoxify your body, go on a fast — a one-day fast, to begin with. Fasting prepares you for better golf nutrition.

You could lose as much as one to two pounds per day during a fast.

To lose one pound of body weight, you need to burn up 3,000 calories more than you consume — which is virtually impossible unless you exercise vigorously. Your body is made up of mostly water. Sodium in food retains water. As soon as you fast, huge amount of water is eliminated or flushed out from your system (this is how and why fasting cleanses).

In weight control, calories do count. In fasting, there isnothing — no calorie, no protein, no carbohydrate. Absolutely nothing! The rate of losing weight is directly proportionate to the degree of your overweight.

However, the ultimate goal of fasting is not weight loss: it is internal cleansing for optimum health. In fact, you will put back some, if not all, of the pounds you have lost during a fast once you resume eating. Fasting helps youcontrol, but not lose, your body weight.

In addition to fasting, you may use foods to detoxify your body. Some of the most common foods for detoxification are:

  
·   Alfalfa sprouts

  
·   Beets

  
·   Burdock

  
·   Green barley

Include these foods in your daily diet to give you energy and vitality.

You may also use herbs to detoxify your body.

Your body is a self-cleaning mechanism via your liver, kidneys, urine, feces, breath, and sweat. Keeping your systems of elimination in a healthy condition can help improve and protect your health. Herbs can provide you with safe, natural, time-tested methods to improve the natural functions of your body to support its natural cleansing process. Diuretics increase kidney function, and thus the elimination of urine and excess fluids

The most common herbs for detoxification are: black walnut, cascara sagrada, cayenne, dandelion, echinacea, Indian rhubarb root, licorice root, milk thistile, psyllium husk, red clover, slipper elm inner bark, yarrow.

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Water is an invaluable nutrient to every living thing on earth. Every cell of your body requires water to carry nutrients and energy to it, as well as to transport toxins and wastes from it. Water plays an important role in detoxification.

Hydrotherapy involves alternating application of hot and cold water aimed at increasing your blood flow to different tissues of your body. Take a very hot shower immediately followed by a very cold one, and repeat the process two or three times. After the hydrotherapy, snuggle into your bed, staying warm for half an hour or so. You will feel completely refreshed and rejuvenated.

Pure Inside Out – The Water Bath shows you how to use water to detoxify yourself to keep it pure inside out.

Regular physical exercise not only stimulates blood circulation and the movement of lymphatic fluids, but also promotes the reduction of fat reserves, thereby instrumental in facilitating the removal of toxins from your body. (See 
Golf Fitness.)

Low-impact aerobic exercise, such as jumping rope or a bouncer, significantly improves your body’s circulation, which benefits detoxification.

Skin brushing is another effective time-honored method to increase blood and lymphatic circulation to remove dead skin cells, and rid your body of toxins, especially through its pores.

Brush your entire body daily with a natural-bristle dry-skin brush. Be persistent, and the initial discomfort will dissipate after a while when your body has become accustomed to the abrasive effect of brushing.

The use of foot patches is an easy and unobtrusive way to assist your body in the removal of a myriad of pollutants that invade your body on a daily basis, as well as the health-repressive toxic wastes that prevent your body from achieving the true wellness you really should be experiencing.

Accordingly, when applied to the soles of your feet overnight, these foot patches not only warm up to open pores of the skin but also stimulate the reflex zones on your soles to draw out and absorb accumulated wastes under osmotic pressure from the blood and lymph systems in your body.

When lying horizontally, your body fluids collect in your head and feet. There is an acupuncture point on each of the sole of your feet, known as “gushing water spring,” through which excess toxins and moisture from your body will be excreted into the foot patches. By applying foot patches on your feet while sleeping, you may be able to extract toxins from your body through the process of osmosis in the form of moisture onto your soles.

Foot patches are obtainable on the Internet.

If your body is rid of toxins, it will respond appropriately to any weight-loss program. If you eat more, you put on a few pounds; if you eat less, you lose a few pounds. But your weight will never balloon or get out of control. Therefore, if you weight fluctuates drastically, the problem is your health, more specifically — your body is simply too toxic.

Eating less, not more

If your body is less toxic, your food craving will accordingly subside. Food craving occurs because your body is nutritionally deficient. 
Weight Loss – How To Think Thin helps you not only control your weight but also stop your unhealthy sugar habit. This groundbreaking program contains some startling truths about how addictions may even affect the way you think.

Food addiction, like any other addictions, involves the following:

  
·   You must first recognize the problem (addiction to nicotine, alcohol, or sugar).

  
·   You must acknowledge that the addiction can be overcome, but only if you will work at it.

  
·   You must consciously say “no,” when the addiction occurs.

Stop getting hooked on sugar and fat. 
Weight Loss – How To Think Thin helps you do just that!

A lack of calories may make you feel hungry, just as eating many more calories may still make you feel hungry.

Why is that?

Your body simply does not count calories; only you consciously do so; you want to lose weight — your body stubbornly does not! That is the problem with weight control.

Your feeling of hunger is triggered by your nutrient deficiency and your food addiction, not by your calories or lack of them. However, it does not mean that calories are unimportant — they are important in weight loss, but irrelevant in terms of your food craving. In other words, if your body is healthy and full of nutrients, your abnormal food craving will naturally subside, if not cease. You will eat what your need, instead of eating what you want to eat. You will eat when you are hungry, instead of eating for the sake of eating or eating to gratify your urge. Surprisingly, your “body wisdom” intuitively knows your own nutritional needs. Learn to trust your own body, not a calorie chart!

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Changing Eating Habits

For better golf nutrition, stop your addiction to near-junk food on the golf course. To alleviate your food craving, you must change some of your eating habits:

  ·   Chew more while eating, and feel less hungry by sending a “fullness” signal to your brain.

  ·   Eat more fiber, giving your stomach nerves a “bulky” as well as “satisfying” sensation.

  ·   Stop eating processed foods, designed by food manufacturers to make you “feel” hungry and want more all the time. The more you eat, the richer the food manufacturers become. You will always be the ultimate loser — you lose your health, your money, except your weight!

  ·   Always eat a light breakfast, such as a piece of fresh fruit or glass of juice — and no more.

Golf nutrition would be impossible if you do not get rid of some of the toxins in your body. Without detoxification, any golf nutrition simply goes down the drain.

Detox your body with Master Cleanse

  Health Rejuvenation for Golfing Success

If your body has been cleansed thoroughly, you should then focus on its rejuvenation.

A balanced acid-alkaline level

Your body is made up of millions of cells, which constantly die and replace themselves throughout your lifespan. The health of your newly regenerated cells is dependent on the building materials which thrive on a balanced acid-alkaline environment, also known as the pH level of your body.

The pH scale ranges between one and fourteen. Seven is considered neutral. Your body is healthy when it operates slightly alkaline. Excess acid wastes will severely compromise cellular function in your body by shutting off oxygen and nutrient uptake, and disrupting cellular frequency for better communication. This happens when you mind gives the intended signals to your body during your golf swing, but your body fails to respond to the proper signals. In other words, you mind may want to do one thing, but your body ends up doing something else instead.

A balanced acid-alkaline level contributes to balanced minerals in your body for optimum mental and physical performance. Good golf nutrition requires The Acid Alkaline Diet, which provides excellent information on how to alkalize your diet through your choice of foods. Many experts believe that a balance of acidity and alkalinity will make you disease free. Good golf nutrition cannot do without this phenomenal book.

Efficient nutrient absorption

Eating only natural foods provides you with nutrients and fiber your body needs for permanent weight control and wholesome wellness.

Overeating is essentially a lack of nutrients in your body. Your body is hungry for nutrients, not carbohydrates, fats, and proteins; they are only substitutes for the nutrients your body is not getting from your food. For example, if you are deficient in vitamin B complex, you may crave peanut butter, which happens to be rich in vitamin B complex. Your body demands what is in peanut butter that can satisfy that deficiency in you. Not meeting that inherent deficiency, you will continue to eat, simply because your body continues to remain unsatisfied.

However, eating more may still not meet that nutrient deficiency, especially if you continue to eat bad food, which may only further deplete that deficiency. Your body has no choice but to draw from the limited nutrient resources accumulated in your body, leading to all types of deficiency disease.

Nutrition depletion not only distorts your body’smetabolism, which is vital to weight control, but also affects your body organs, especially your brain. Therefore, to play the game in the optimum mental and physical conditions, you need wisdom in golf nutrition.

Absorption of nutrients will always be inadequate and incomplete unless there is complete food digestion, which requires the following:

  ·   Adequate enzyme activity is necessary throughout your whole gastrointestinal tract — from mouth to descending colon. Nutrients such as vitamin K, vitamin B12, Vitamin D, biotin and folic acid are required to foster enzyme activity, which are often destroyed by antibiotics in your drugs and improper diet.

  ·  Eating raw food regularly is a rational way to obtain enzymes for healthy digestion. Go on a raw food diet for optimum digestive function. Try to eat raw, at least occasionally.

  ·   An adequate amount of water has to be present to precipitate biochemical activities in your intestinal tract; otherwise, poor digestion will result in poor absorption.

  Always drink plenty of water on the golf course. Water is water, and fruit drinks, soft drinks, coffee are no substitute for the water you need to replenish your body.

  ··   Adequate and balanced minerals are required for optimum absorption of nutrients during food digestion. However, most inorganic mineral salts, such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc, may interfere with one another’s absorption; too much of any may block absorption of the other minerals in that group, resulting in deficiency. Minerals have to be balanced; more may not necessarily be better.

  ·  Accumulation of mucus on the lining of your gastrointestinal tract wall caused by disease and dehydration will also adversely affect your absorption of nutrients.

Golf nutrition requires you to eat right. You are your food, and your food is you. You are what you eat. Eating is a science, and therefore should be treated as such. Golf nutrition makes you a better golf player.

Golf Nutrition

Most of the nutrients required for golf nutrition derive from:

  
·   Macronutrients for golf nutrition: carbohydrates, proteins, fats and water

  
·   Micronutrients for golf nutrition: vitamins and minerals

For optimum golf performance, you need to eat complex carbohydrates (those that break down slowly, such as legumes, fruits, green vegetables, whole-grain bread, cereals, pastas and rice) as your golf nutrition a minimum of two hours before your game.

To sustain energy throughout the round, get your golf nutrition from eating fruits, such as an apple or a banana, or nuts and dried fruits, such as raisins. Lay off candy bars and chips.

Your daily golf nutrition requires you to empower your body with energy and strength through consuming foods high in protein. However, animal protein may also give you excessive fat. As an alternative, you may like to get your protein from vegetables and beans instead of from animals.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as little as 50-60 grams of protein (0.36 gram of protein per pound of body weight) is adequate for most adults. This breaks down to about 10 to 20 percent of total calories daily. As an athlete, you may require slightly more.

To calculate the exact amount of protein for golf nutrition: Multiply your ideal weight — not your actual body weight — by 0.36.

To illustrate, if your actual weight is 190 pounds, and your ideal body weight should be 160 pounds, then the amount of protein you need for golf nutrition is:

160 X 0.36 gram = 57.6 grams of protein daily for optimum golf nutrition.

Water is one of the essential components in your body. Your body comprises 70 to 90 percent water, depending on your age and constitution.

Dehydration is depletion of water content. Fatigue is one of the first signs of water deficiency in your body. Dry mouth or thirst sensation, surprisingly, is not an accurate sign of water shortage in your body. Quite the contrary, dry mouth is often the last indicator that your body is crying out for water.

Golf nutrition requires you never to dehydrate yourself on the golf course because dehydration is critical to your rhythm, flexibility, strength, and stamina. According to research, a drink of water during a round can benefit your performance for up to 90 minutes. Irrespective of whether or not your are thirsty, drinking a glass of water on each tee will give you a clear and focused mind.

High-carb drinks (commercial high-glucose sport drinks), on the other hand, may increase your insulin level, resulting in hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), leading to compromised performance due to fatigue.

Golf nutrition dictates that you should refrain from drinking beer in the middle of a hot round. Drinking a beer does not calm your nerves and steady your hands; quite the contrary, alcohol not only impairs your motor skills and impedes your balance but also dehydrates your body and drains essential nutrients from your body. There is nothing worse for your game than a can of beer.

Remember, good golf nutrition means good scores, and bad golf nutrition means poor performance.


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