Super Immunity for Golf

By Golf Fitness MagazineJuly 15, 2009, 4:00 pm
by KC Craichy Founder of Living Fuel, Inc.
 
To hit most greens in regulation, youve got to do something that doesnt get as much attention from the galleries: boost your immunity. You certainly have been hearing a lot about the human immune system in the news these days. But, taking care of your immune system can do more than protect you from the swine flu ' it can improve your golf game.
 
After all, those long sessions at the driving range, intense workouts and the physical rigors of playing competitive golf do take their toll on the human body. Not to mention all of the travel thats involved. Whether you are an amateur golfer or out competing on the PGA Tour, youre likely spend much of your time in airports, airplanes, rental cars and hotels in between rounds. All of this can wear you down and impair your performance on the course, or prevent you from making your tee time in the first place.
 
Thats where the immune system comes in. Like a good caddy, your immune system can keep you from getting into trouble in the first place. You see, when it is given the right raw materials, your body can do even more amazing things than Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines. It is a well-known fact that having a strong immune system is a critical way to avoid being overcome by pathogenic viruses and bacteria.
 
Research confirms that the Standard American Diet (SAD) combined with poor sleep and a sedentary lifestyle is a recipe for compromised immunity. Conversely, people with good diets and active lifestyles are seldom sick. When they do become ill, such people recover much faster than their peers with poor diets and inactive lifestyles.
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following to prevent the spread of germs and flu: Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food. In my book Super Health: 7 Golden Keys to Unlock Lifelong Vitality, I go into great detail on how to understand and successfully manage these topics: Hydration, Nutrition, Exercise, Stress, Sleep, Environmental Hazards and Meditation and Prayer.
 
Of course, if you take the game of golf seriously, it is likely that you already have an active lifestyle. The problem is that it may be too active for your own good. While some exercise can improve your immune function, too much exercise can actually suppress it. Overtraining can break down your system, causing illness and injury. Studies have even revealed that prolonged exercise can have the same type of effect on the human immune system as surgical trauma, physical and thermal injury, sepsis and extreme psychological distress.
 
One of the best ways to stay healthy is to listen to your body. If you are a feel player, you already pay attention to your body in order to make the necessary corrections to your golf swing. This is a good start, but it wont help you protect your immune system. You need to pay close attention to your level of fatigue and adjust your workout schedule accordingly. Try to anticipate stress in advance, and go easy on your body on travel days. Some warning signs that your immune system is starting to break down include, interrupted sleep patterns, moodiness or depression, excessive muscle soreness, trouble concentrating, changes in appetite, and general feelings of lethargy.
 
It is always difficult for athletes to balance their training and fitness goals with proper care of the immune system. Surprisingly, many athletes are also malnourished, Athletic people may feel that all of the exercise they do excuses them from having to eat well, or sometimes they think the sports supplements will do the trick. The truth is that there is just no substitute for proper rest and good nutrition. Antioxidants and proper nutrition speed up recovery and enhance immunity, helping you avoid sickness.
 
If you are trying to support your immune system, here are a few high-impact steps to get you in the swing of things:
 
Increase your intake of fish oil, omega 3 (EPA & DHA) together with vitamins D3 and vitamin A. Most people are deficient in all three and all three have been shown to significantly enhance immunity. Supplementing your diet with these power nutrients is one of the simplest and most effective things you can do today to boost immunity. (If you do become sick, Dr. Mayer Eisenstein, a Chicago Physician recommends 50,000 IU of vitamin D for 3-5 days and many recommend 50,000 IU of vitamin A each day for the same period)
Eat in accordance with The Four Corners of Superfood Nutrition which are: 1. Eat nutrient-dense lower calorie foods. 2. Minimize sugar and eat low Glycemic foods. 3. Consume high-antioxidant superfoods and supplements. 4. Eat and supplement with superfats (including omega 3, olive, chia seed, coconut, almond, macadamia).
Add 3+ servings of fresh vegetables per meal and some fresh fruit.
Replace a daily meal with a high-protein SuperSmoothie.
Eat plenty of garlic, onions, oregano, coconut, hot peppers and spices. Extracts and oils of these nutrients can be extremely effective.
Wash your hands frequently.
Avoid places with high risk of infection such as doctors offices, clinics and hospitals.
Avoid flu shots and other vaccinations.
Avoid or minimize medications.
Avoid highly processed junk foods, fried foods and sugar. This includes many of the items you might find in the clubhouse restaurant or beverage cart, such as sandwiches, baked goods, cookies, crackers, donuts, french fries, hot dogs, ice cream, pizza, potato chips, waffles and other processed foods that contain flour and/or sugar and many other impurities. These types of foods are enemies of sustained energy, performance and immunity. Recent research shows that a single serving of refined carbohydrates given to a lean, healthy young adult is enough to triple their inflammatory response to the surge in blood glucose.
Avoid overeating which can cause inflammation and compromise immunity.
Eat cultured foods such as yogurt and kefir and take pre-biotics, probiotics.

 
Before long, these steps will become a regular part of your life, just like your pre-shot routine. Taking proper care of your immune system can lead to improved performance on and off the golf course, enhanced immunity, lower scores and improved quality of life.
 
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Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

"That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

“It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

“What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

“When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.