Playing pool in stressful situations can cause some anxiety and jitters.
This is commonly referred to as nerves. Most pool players have experienced this at one time or another. However, you might not realize that the food you eat may be affecting or contributing to the anxiety or perceived nerves that your feeling during a match. Surprisingly, it is not necessarily the most obvious culprits, like coffee, sugar, etc. It has nothing to do with eating healthy, though that is always a good foundational practice. It has everything to do with food allergies.
People can have allergic reactions to even the healthiest whole foods. Surprisingly, 90% of the U.S. population have some level of food allergies. Unfortunately, most people aren’t aware of their adverse reactions to many foods. Most of the time, this is because the symptoms are minor or don’t seem to be typical food allergy conditions.
Many people are aware of their sensitivity to the major allergens that tend to be problematic, such as eggs, milk, wheat, shellfish, nuts, etc. However, most don’t realize they have allergic reactions to seemingly innocuous foods like oranges, apples, sugar cane, white potatoes, onions, etc. Allergic reactions to these foods have been linked to all types of conditions including headaches, nervousness, hypertension, epilepsy, weight gain, hives, asthma, abnormal tiredness and many other ailments.
Sadly, many people live with these adverse reactions every day without realizing it. Fortunately, there is a simple way to test for these types of food allergies. It is called “The Pulse Test.”
This test was developed by a medical doctor named Arthur Coca. Simply put, his research showed that your pulse rate goes up when your body has an allergic reaction to food. An increase of more than 16 beats per minute is a strong indication of a food allergy. Typically, this increase happens within the first 30 minutes of eating. The increased heart rate is the body’s reaction to what it considers an attack to its sy