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Healthy Habits to Feel Better & Play Better Golf

Healthy Habits to Feel Better & Play Better Golf

By Justin Barr - TPI Specialist

All too often, people embark on a weeklong juice-cleanse or starvation diet in an attempt to press the reset button. But their results are usually the same: the stress of not eating produces even more lethargy and exhaustion than they felt before they started. It’s not what you think --you don’t need drastic measures to get your body (and habits) back on track.  You don’t need to constantly work out or deprive yourself of foods. The best way to safely detoxify your system and get back to a happy, healthy you is to return to these seven basic principles:

  1. Eat only whole, unprocessed foods.
     
  2. Eat only high-quality foods.
     
  3. Eliminate gluten and avoid most other grains
     
  4. Eliminate sugar
     
  5. Sweat
     
  6. Drink half of your body weight in ounces of clean water daily
     
  7. Sleep at least 7-8 hours daily
 

In addition to these principles, here are my five favorite detox elixirs for when I feel like my body needs a little additional support.

Bone Broth

What it does: Fights infection, boosts digestion, heals leaky gut syndrome, reduces joint pain (it’s packed with the raw material necessary for healthy bones and joints), fights inflammation
How to use it: As a post-workout snack or an alternative to tea or coffee when you want something warm and nourishing to drink. Whole Foods has great and savory options.

Turmeric

What it does: Dr. Perlmutter refers to turmeric as a "super supplement" for brain health: Protects mitochondria, improves glucose metabolism, supports memory and other cognitive functions, boosts immunity, highly anti-fungal, anti-microbial, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and packed with antioxidants
How to use it: Fresh is best. One of the easiest ways to get a healthy dose of fresh turmeric is in a Smoothie. Using it as a spice while mixing and simmering it with black pepper and coconut oil (both ingredients make the turmeric more bio-available).

Apple Cider Vinegar

What it does: Lowers blood sugar, boosts energy, reduces inflammation, highly antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal.
How to use it: Look for cold-pressed brands that have sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Homemade recipes with added lemon and ginger could be prepared to make your own elixir by adding it with two tablespoons to eight oz of water.

Magnesium

What it does: Impacts nearly every function of the body, eases stress, reduces inflammation, improves nerve function, aids in the formation of joint proteins, relaxes muscles and can even help with irregular heartbeats
How to use it: I’m a big fan of sipping the unflavored Natural Calm product in warm water before going to sleep at night, but you can also find magnesium in pill form. If you’re not into supplements, pumpkin seeds, spinach and swiss chard contain more magnesium than any other foods.  

Zinc

What it does: It helps the immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses. Zinc also helps wounds’ heal and is important for proper senses of taste and smell.
How to use it: I’m a big fan of taking it in pill form along with magnesium at night along to help recover from daily activities and improve quality of sleep. 

To truly play your best golf, you will need to feel your best. I hope you found these tips helpful and healthful! Here's to 2020 being your best year yet!