Diet for tennis elbow? Absolutely?
Is it something that limits calories? No! Something that eliminates the foods you love? Well, that depends on the type of diet you are eating right now.
What’s On Your Fork Is A Cure – Or A Killer
If you’re a junk food junkie, the truth is that you are interfering with any attempts you are making to improve tennis elbow. If you are eating three good meals a day but binge on sweets at least a few times a week, again, you are interfering with tennis elbow recovery.
That doesn’t mean that you can’t have an occasional dark chocolate dessert, but it does mean that the excess is far too much to handle when you have lateral epicondylitis.
Chocolate Treats Could Be Devils In Disguise
The reason why is that with tennis elbow, there’s a lot of inflammation. Sugar contributes to inflammation and causes more inflammation in the body than what you had before you eat it.
So what happens is that little chocolate bar that looks so innocent is really like a villain who is stealing your recovery and preventing you from golfing, playing tennis, brushing your hair and teeth, and a lot of other daily activities.
Insidiously, that little chocolate bar is sneaking into your body and causing chaos when you think it s calming you down and making you feel good. It’s a devil in disguise.
By the way, chocolate itself is not a bad thing. Dark chocolate is full of polyphenols that are helpful to the body.
What’s bad about chocolate is that the chocolate manufacturers want to please the masses. And the masses have a sweet tooth. So they add plenty of sugar into their chocolate bars or chocolate delicacies – and it’s that sugar that is the devil in the chocolate!
If You Love Fried Foods, Do It Right!
Fried foods are another culprit. Take them out of your diet now if you want your diet to help you recover from tennis elbow.
Fried foods – especially those foods fried in restaurants where the oil becomes rancid fast and is used sometimes for a week or more – will create more inflammation in the body.
Whenever something comes into the body that is not good for us, it ends up being broken down in the digestive tract. Little fragments of the bad food do not lose their negative attributes. They are then transported throughout the body and head for the weakest part of the body.
When you have a raging inflammation in your elbow and forearm muscles and tendons, these areas are your weakest part of your body. The chemical fragments from the food will cause MORE inflammation.
How To Fry Foods So They Don’t Harm You
There’s something else that you should know about fried foods: not all fried foods are bad.
Here is a list of guidelines to help you decipher what to eat to help your tennis elbow:
- It’s the instability of vegetable oils that makes them so dastardly. The chemical bonds within the food create free radicals that damage body parts that are healing.
- Oils such as butter and coconut oil can be used successfully to sauté and even fry foods. The bonds in saturated fats won’t break down during cooking.
- To use butter for frying, clarify it. This means melt the butter in a sauté pan, then let it cool. Skim off the lighter yellow part of the butter off the top and discard. This lighter yellow part is what burns during cooking.
- Fried nuts are probably one of the worst foods to eat. Go for raw almonds, raw walnuts, and pecans instead.
Add The Healing Foods From The Fruit Category
In your diet for tennis elbow, you must introduce the healing foods. These include fruits such as:
- apples, oranges, and other citrus fruits
- apricots, cantaloupe, watermelon, and Crenshaw melons
- star fruit, pomegranates, plums and cherries
- blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and logan berries
- pears, fresh figs, nectarines and peaches
- lemons and limes
Add The Healing Foods From The Vegetable Category
And vegetables such as:
- spinach, kale, and other dark leafy greens
- onions, garlic, leeks, and green onions
- carrots, green beans, broccoli, and cauliflower
- artichokes, okra, parsley, and cilantro
- green peppers, red peppers, and yellow peppers
- chili peppers and hot peppers
- Romaine lettuce, bibb lettuce, red and green lettuce
- tomatoes, eggplant, parsnips and ginger
These fruits and vegetables nourish your body with hundreds of carotenoids as well as vitamins A and C, the primary antioxidant vitamins.
With antioxidants, you can quench the free radicals that contribute to more swelling and inflammation and degeneration in your elbow joint and tendons.
Use Diet As A Primary Treatment For Tennis Elbow
When you want to improve tennis elbow, using diet as a primary mode of healing is often not given any credit. When people look for tennis elbow treatments the last thing on their mind is to eat a certain diet to get better.
In fact, it is one of the most important things to be concerned about. By contributing to inflammation and free radical production by what you eat three times a day, you are attacking your own elbow joint and forearm with every forkful.
For the exercise part of the treatment, do read Tennis Elbow Secrets Revealed.