How Carbohydrate Foods Can Cause Inflammation In Your Elbow

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What?! Carbohydrate foods can cause inflammation in my elbow joint!

Yes! And that inflammation is enough to cause tennis elbow to flare up, causing a bad case of elbow pain! Read on to find out how this works. It could change your life.

What’s The Inside Information On Carbohydrates And Elbow Pain?

To understand how this happens, let’s start with what carbohydrates are.

1. Carbohydrate Foods Are Essential To Health

They are one of the three main nutrients that you need for good health. Carbohydrates, protein and fat combined in the right ratios contribute to good health. When they’re found on your plate in the wrong ratios, health problems will result.

These health problems may not show up right away. As long as you eat too many carbohydrates, your body is producing chemicals that are starting to wear down your body on a microscopic level.

2. Carbohydrate Foods Are Everywhere In Most Diets!

Carbohydrate foods include breads, pastas, bagels, sweet rolls, donuts, fruits, and starchy vegetables such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, yams, and corn.

3. Fat Foods May Also Contain Carbohydrates!

Even some nuts such as cashews and peanuts may contain carbohydrates.

The Bottom Line On Carbohydrates

Carbohydrate foods, or carbs for short, can be divided into two main categories: ones that increase your blood sugar to high levels and ones that don’t.

If one serving of a carbohydrate food is enough to increase your blood sugar to higher than normal levels, that food is officially called a high Glycemic Index Food.

Some of the foods that are considered high Glycemic Index foods are listed below:

High Glycemic Index Foods

  • pretzels
  • boxed cereals
  • grapes
  • potatoes
  • many breads on the market
  • sweet rolls and pastries
  • candy
  • many protein bars
  • beverages loaded with sugar
  • tacos
  • jasmine rice
  • puffed rice products

On the other hand, foods that are low Glycemic Index foods will not cause your blood sugar to skyrocket if you eat a serving of them. Some of these foods are on the list below:

Low Glycemic Index Foods

  • cherries
  • strawberries
  • blackberries
  • blueberries
  • carrots
  • celery
  • lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • parsley
  • onions
  • garlic
  • apples
  • grapefruit
  • orange
  • kale and other greens
  • spinach

Warning About Low Glycemic Index Foods

But do be forewarned; too many of the low Glycemic Index foods eaten in a 2-hour period of time means increased blood sugar levels, too.

What’s Actually Happening In The Body When Carbs Increase Elbow Pain

What’s happening here is that when blood sugar levels are too high, a cascade of biochemical reactions occurs in the body, which causes inflammation. There are two culprits in this process:  high blood sugar and high insulin levels.

When insulin levels are in the normal range in the body, there’s no problem.

But when you eat a serving of those high Glycemic Index foods by themselves, or combine them with other carbs – even some of the low Glycemic Index foods, then your blood sugar levels increase so fast and so high that your body sends a signal to the pancreas.

The signal is this:  Warning! Warning! Blood sugar levels rising too fast! He (or she) could go into a coma! Do something now!

High Insulin Levels From High Glycemic Index Carbs Equals Elbow Pain

Your body is wonderfully created and it responds with a large burst of insulin from the pancreas. Often that burst of insulin could be four or five times the normal level!

And when insulin is in excess, there’s trouble in the body! Not just a little trouble like a runny nose, but major trouble because insulin affects every part of the body. Insulin’s job is to get the blood sugar levels reduced in the bloodstream and put the sugar anywhere it can go.

The blood sugar could go to your muscles. This is a good place for it to go. But when it goes to the eyes, the nerves, the kidneys, and the organs that are aging fast, it’s going to cause aging even faster. Along with this, the insulin activates the production of inflammatory chemicals in the body.

What Goes In Your Mouth Affects Your Elbow!

And that’s the connection to your elbow pain and tennis elbow. It ends up that what you ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner can be contributing to the production of inflammatory compounds in your elbow. This makes lateral epicondylitis worse!

By the way, there’s something you should know; well, actually a few more things to know.

1. Effects That Last For A Long Time!

Once the high insulin levels are in the body from eating those high carb foods, those levels won’t decrease for a full 18 hours. That means the inflammation you caused by eating granola, milk, raisins, and a piece of fruit at breakfast will still be with you by dinner!

2. High Glycemic Index Carbs Can Make You Wacky, Too!

Eating a diet filled with these foods not only increases the elbow pain in lateral epicondylitis but it also gives you mental symptoms.

Have you been suffering from headaches, lack of concentration, memory loss, depression, anxiety, delusional thoughts, irritability, fatigue for no apparent reason, anger outbursts and taking things personally when people talk to you?

If so, all these can be related to the low blood sugar that follows a meal of eating these high Glycemic Index carbohydrate foods. Look for the symptoms about 1-1/2 hours to 2 hours after you eat.

Two Ways To Beat Inflammation

Tennis Elbow SecretsAs I see it, there are two ways to beat inflammation. You can beat it from within by simply evaluating your diet for these nasty and deadly high Glycemic Index foods. And if you do this, you’ll see all kinds of things improve with your health. After all, high insulin levels are also associated with diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and other degenerative diseases.

And you can beat it by working on the outside of the body – by using ice and certain exercises to stop producing more inflammatory compounds. And that’s where the ebook, Tennis Secrets Revealed can help.

Why not do both? What do you have to lose, except for your elbow pain and tennis elbow?

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