The warmth of the sun, the birds chirping, the squirrels and bunnies scampering through the grass…this is why many of us play golf. But the green shoots on the trees and the budding flowers all over the course also bring headaches to a large percentage of golfers. After all, seasonal allergies can be not just uncomfortable, but even debilitating for days and weeks. Tearing, itchy eyes, sneezing, and wheezing not only makes playing golf difficult, but it also wears on the immune system, and drains energy and stamina.
Even going to the doctor to get antihistamines or allergy shots usually does not alleviate the symptoms entirely. But you can do a few things yourself to maintain a fully functioning immune system that can keep the symptoms to a minimum. First, you’ll want to do a good detox regime: get rid of the packaged junk food, back off the sugar, alcohol, and white flour, and keep dairy to a minimum
(it increases mucous). Increase your intake of greens to oxygenate your system and boost your enzymes, minerals, bioflavinoids, and anti-oxidants.
If you can eat more salads, that would be best. Also, increasing your vitamin C would help, because it naturally gives you body anti-histamine support. You can do this by increasing intake of raw, lightly-washed salads/vegetables, plus berries (which are high in bioflavinoids and anti-oxidants). Oranges, carrots, yams, cantaloupe, peaches—any “orange color” foods—are also high in vitamin A, which is also great for your mucous membranes. Getting back to vitamin C, extra supplementation would be good. So start with a 500-mg complex with 500 mg bioflavinoids, three times a day. You can increase to 1000 mg 3 to 4 times a day whenever you’re not doing well.
Don’t forget to keep up your intake of pure, filtered, or spring water several times a day. Also, Eyebright and Nettles herbs you can be taken as tea, alcohol-free extracts or capsules 2 to 3 times
a day. These are also great immune support for allergies as they affect the eyes, ears, nose, and throat. Grape-seed extract in a capsule is another one of my favorite anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients; take 50 to 100 mg 2 to 3 times a day.
Also for general health and support against immune-system stress, make sure you’re taking a good one-a-day multivitamin/mineral capsule from your local health-food store, and take that with your first protein of the day (eggs, meat), which will have
vitamin A, zinc, and the vitamin Bs, all of which are helpful for immune support.
Besides eating/snacking healthy, do try to get a good night’s sleep regularly so you can rest, heal, and regenerate for tomorrow. Now let’s go play some golf!
*Disclaimer: If you have any health concerns, consult your physician before starting or adding to an exercise/nutrition regime.