Allergies choking your golf game?

Unexpected source of problems

It is important to be at the top of your game every time you play. Have you ever wondered why some courses you have a command over and others you never seem to play at the top of your game. One of the things I do for my players is look for things that that will destroy your golf game. One thing I found is that allergies can play a big role in destroying your game.

How do allergies destroy your golf game?

Allergies do more than just make your eyes itch or cause congestion. The main thing that allergies cause is nervous system inflammation. Now your nervous system is the master system of the body and when it does not work right everything does not work right.

Signs of nervous system inflammation

  • Inability to focus
  • Hard time concentrating, ADD type symptoms
  • Hyper irritability
  • Coordination issues
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Muscular imbalances
  • Chronic pain
  • Arthritis pain
  • Any variety of headache and neck pain

Now looking at this list you can pick out at least a couple of things that would destroy your game. I also want to note that these problems also affect other areas of your life as well. So where are these allergies?

Common allergies

The most common allergies that you will experience are food allergies, contact allergies and respiratory allergies.

Most common food allergies: gluten, soy, dairy, and eggs

Most common contact allergies: soap, lotions, sun screen, deodorant, clothing

Most common respiratory allergies: grass, pollen, perfume, cologne

 

How to spot them

Food allergies are most likely the easiest for you to spot and I would look for them first. Chances are you will react to something you eat within an hour. So, from a timing standpoint if after eating lunch you have a hard time concentrating, I would suspect a possible allergy.

A great way to test for food allergies, without a blood test, would be an elimination diet. This is also a great way to see how something you are allergic to can affect you. Eliminate the suspected allergen for at least a week at 100%. After your elimination period have as much of the food as you can eat and see what happens.

So, if you are eliminating gluten then no gluten for at least a week. After one week, the very next day eat as much gluten as you can that day. I usually recommend you do this on your day off. If you do have a reaction then you might not be able to function at 100%.

You can do the same process for contact allergies and respiratory allergies.

How to fix them

If you suspect allergies, especially food allergies, eliminating them is the first step. The body can heal over time. But, if you continually expose your body to the allergen you will never heal from it.

Then next step is to clean upĀ  your diet. Here you can also use nutritional supplementation. I would recommend you find someone who can help you with this because you can go many areas with nutrition. But, at home if you clean up your diet then you support the body’s ability to heal.

Remember to retest every 4-6 weeks to see how your body responds. Sometimes allergies can be cleaned up in 4 weeks sometimes it takes 4 months or more so just be patient.

Need help?

I can help cut out the guess work when trying to figure out what is holding your game back. If you want to take your golf game to the next level then contact me so we can see how I can help.