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Foods You Should Avoid with Tennis Elbow

Foods You Should Avoid with Tennis Elbow - Foods You Should Avoid with Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in the outer part of the elbow. This injury is caused by repetitive motion of the forearm and can be aggravated by certain foods. In this blog post, we will discuss the foods that can worsen tennis elbow symptoms and the diets that may help alleviate them.

Foods high in Omega-6 Fatty Acids

Foods that are high in Omega-6 fatty acids can result in inflammation in the body, which can worsen the symptoms of tennis elbow. Some common foods to avoid include processed snacks, fried food, and vegetable oils. Instead, focus on foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids such as fish, walnuts, and flaxseed.

Nightshade Vegetables

Nightshade vegetables are known to increase inflammation in the body, which can exacerbate tennis elbow pain. Some common nightshade vegetables include tomatoes, potatoes, and eggplant. Instead, focus on anti-inflammatory foods like leafy greens, blueberries, and ginger.

Processed Foods

Processed foods are high in sugar and unhealthy fats, which can increase inflammation and worsen tennis elbow symptoms. Avoid sugary snacks, fast food, and packaged meals. Instead, focus on whole foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.


Alcohol can affect the body in many ways, including increasing inflammation, which can worsen tennis elbow symptoms. Limit or avoid alcohol consumption to help reduce inflammation in the body.


Caffeine is a stimulant that can dehydrate the body and increase inflammation. This can exacerbate tennis elbow symptoms and delay healing. Limit your intake of caffeine in drinks such as coffee, tea, and energy drinks. Instead, opt for hydrating beverages like water and herbal tea.

If you are suffering from tennis elbow, it’s important to avoid certain foods that can increase inflammation in the body. Instead, focus on anti-inflammatory foods and a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Additionally, seeking out treatment from a nutritionist, naturopathic doctor, physiotherapist, or chiropractor can help you develop a personalized treatment plan to help alleviate your tennis elbow symptoms. With proper care and dietary changes, you can find relief from tennis elbow and get back to doing the activities you love.

If you have any questions or would like to explore naturopathic medicine  further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself, Dr. Michael Torreiter, ND, CFMP, or another Waterloo Naturopathic Doctor at CARESPACE. We are happy to listen and are here to help!

Michael Torreiter, ND, CFMP

Michael Torreiter, ND, CFMP

Naturopathic Doctor
Dr. Michael Torreiter is a Naturopathic Doctor at CARESPACE. He obtained his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine designation at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto in 2005, worked at Healing Path for 13 years, and moved to CARESPACE in 2019. About half of Dr. Michael’s practice is focused on Precision Nutrition — a comprehensive weight management and lifestyle program that helps people lose weight, gain weight or just improve their diet. In addition, he treats a variety of conditions including digestive concerns, stress and anxiety, hormonal imbalance and men’s health. As well as being certified in Precision Nutrition, Dr. Michael has completed a Mind/Body Medicine Certification from Harvard Medical School and a certificate in Applied Mindfulness Meditation at the University of Toronto. He offers nutrition talks at the Running Room on a regular basis.

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