Tennis elbow is a disorder of the tendons and other supportive connective tissue in the elbow and forearm.
Thus, it’s important to know that recovering from tennis elbow must include a way for those tendons and connective tissues to get stronger. Only when this is addressed will you be able to get total relief.
Why Weak Connective Tissue Will Debilitate You
That’s because weak tendons, ligaments, muscles and bones will only bring you pain and misery. This pain and misery shows up in the form of:
- further injuries
- prolonged healing times
- disuse of the part of the body that’s affected leading to disability
And all these bring on even more weakness, which contributes to additional problems. It literally becomes impossible to improve tennis elbow unless you use these principles of how to strengthen your connective tissues.
Weak connective tissue that is allowed to go on for a long period of time will only bring on more weakness and the cycle must be broken. So how will you break the cycle before it’s too late?
The answer is to heal the connective tissue in two ways: from within and on the outside. In this article we will focus on how to heal tennis elbow from within.
Heal The Connective Tissue From Within
Every part of your body is synthesized from within. Your liver makes proteins that are sent to different parts of the body. Once the strings of amino acids arrive at an organ or site that needs repair, the healing begins.
But it’s not only proteins that are needed to reach your elbow joint and heal your tennis elbow.
Here’s what your body needs to make this happen: proteins, antioxidants which are vitamins, and minerals.
1. Proteins Are The Foundation Of Strong Connective Tissue
High-quality proteins, called complete proteins, already have the required long strings of amino acids that connective tissue needs. When you eat animal products, poultry, beef, pork and lamb, your body extracts the long strings of amino acids with the help of enzymes.
This saves the body the step of combining them from foods such as rice and beans that are eaten at the same meal.
2. Antioxidants Are Like a Military Force Inside Your Joints And Tendons
Vitamins such as Vitamin A and Vitamin C have antioxidant actions that help strengthen the new proteins formed in the connective tissues that surround the elbow joint and are in the forearm.
These antioxidants can keep microbes from attacking the new connective tissue, and prevent any toxins or chemicals produced inside the body from destroying the tissues as well. This is a very important function that must be performed when someone has lateral epicondylitis.
Vitamin A Deficiency Can Prolong Your Pain
Vitamin A hastens wound healing, prevents the formation of scars, and strengthens cell walls, and increases the rate of RNA production. It helps promote a good appetite as well.
Deficiency results in rough, dry skin, loss of the sense of smell, night blindness, corneal ulcers, delayed healing, and softening of the bones and teeth.
What Foods Will Increase My Vitamin A Levels?
Vitamin A is found in the following foods:
- yellow / orange fruits
- dark green fruits and vegetables.
Fish liver oil is also a rich source.
Vitamin C Deficiency Makes Collagen Content In Tendons Dwindle To Nothing
Vitamin C helps preserve the integrity of discs in the vertebral column and speeds up healing of all tissues. It maintains the collagen in the connective tissue. The synovial fluid in joints is rich in vitamin C.
Vitamin C deficiency results in bruising, bleeding gums, slow healing of connective tissue – muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones, and capillary rupture. It’s also related to a poor immune system.
What Foods Will Increase My Vitamin C Levels?
Vitamin C is found in these foods:
- citrus fruits
- camu camu
- rose hips
- green peppers
3. Direct Connection Of Minerals To Tennis Elbow
Minerals such as manganese, silicon, and zinc are the most important when you have tennis elbow.
Small amounts of these minerals are needed to form certain types of bonds within the new strong connective tissue. When these essential elements are missing, deficiency symptoms will show up.
Manganese – Deficiency Can Even Cause Paralysis
Manganese is absolutely essential for the formation of bone and cartilage. Manganese is associated with muscle coordination and muscle strength.
A deficiency can result in tendons snapping out of their origins without any provocation.
Other deficiency symptoms include increased allergy sensitivities towards foods and chemicals, inflammation in the body, fatigue, no endurance during exercise, and even paralysis and seizures.
It’s pretty easy to see how this mineral, when found in low levels, is problematic in those with tennis elbow.
The inflammation along with the problems with muscle coordination and strength (seen when someone cannot grip a coffee cup), is a pretty obvious sign that the connective tissue is lacking this important mineral.
What Foods Will Increase My Manganese Levels?
Manganese is found in the following foods:
- egg yolks
- dried peas
- green leafy vegetables
Silicon Deficiency Linked With Many Cartilage, Joint, Bone And Tendon Disorders
Surprising to some, when silicon is added to the diet, suddenly – within a matter of a few weeks – joints and body aches and pains in the connective tissue go away or are significantly less. Many people have even found that they don’t need painkillers anymore.
Your body cannot synthesize collagen in the right amounts or at the right rate when there is a silicon deficiency. Tendons and ligaments need collagen for their strength. And this mineral is absolutely essential for the formation of cartilage in the joints.
Silicon is found in plants in their fiber. Unfortunately, silicon levels of plants are a lot lower now than ever. This is because soils that the plants are grown in are deficient. Grains and vegetables as well as fruits need a soil rich in minerals in order to pass along the silicon to you.
A deficiency can also be related to hardening of the arteries, wrinkles and loss of elasticity in the skin, hair loss and thinning, and joint disorders.
You can see how this mineral is essential for the body to heal itself!
Zinc Deficiency Will Prolong Your Healing Of Tennis Elbow
The synthesis of DNA needs zinc. This means that if the cells in your tendons, ligaments and cartilage are lacking zinc, your cells will reproduce without it and become weak.
Some of the zinc deficiency symptoms are:
- Prolonged healing of skin and connective tissue
- Predisposition to cancer
- Unhealthy changes in prostate gland size and structure
- Inability to taste foods
- Poor appetite
- Poor circulation
- Tendency to faint
Again, you can clearly see how lateral epicondylitis and zinc deficiency are related. The deficiency will prevent you from recovering, keep you fatigued and without an appetite.
When you don’t have an appetite, then it’s easy to develop many vitamin and mineral deficiencies simply because you don’t consume enough calories.
What Foods Will Increase My Zinc Levels?
Zinc is found in the following foods:
- whole grains
- brewer’s yeast
- egg yolks
- lamb chops
- lima beans
- pumpkin seeds
- soy lecithin, soybeans
- sunflower seeds
And to make a difference in your lateral epicondylitis from the outside, take a look at the ebook, Tennis Elbow Secrets Revealed.
Using both healing from the inside and healing from the outside, you can get results the fastest!