Many people, who suffer with arthritis or any types of autoimmune diseases, have found that consuming foods from the nightshade family does in fact adversely affect their health. The term “nightshade” may have come from the fact that these plants grow in shady areas, and some flowers at night.
Nightshade fruits and vegetables belong to the family of Solanaceae plants of the Solanum genus. This group of plants contains more than 2,500 species that are widely used as food and medicine. The Solanaceae family contains cholinesterase inhibiting glycoalkaloids and steroid alkaloids including, among others, solanine in potato and eggplant, tomatine in tomato, nicotine in tobacco, and capsaicin in garden peppers. The glycoalkaloids in potatoes are known to contribute to Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
For those that struggle with an autoimmune disease, as well as people who simply have a digestive sensitivity, nightshade fruits and vegetables can cause serious problems such as; diarrhea, gas, bloating, nausea, painful joints, headaches, and depression from just consuming nightshades.
Some of the most popular nightshade fruits and veggies that are consumed on a daily basis are Potatoes, Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplants and Goji Berries to name a few. There are also numerous processed foods that contain nightshades in form of French fries, mashed potatoes, salsa, spaghetti sauce, ketchup, and many other popular foods.
One way I found out which nightshade affected my health was by challenging myself for 2 months and avoiding every nightshade that I normally consumed daily. It killed me to have to give up potatoes and tomatoes since these were the two I ate consistently. I took note on how I felt after eliminating nightshade fruits and vegetables from my diet, including every processed food, sauce, ketchup and french fries, I avoided them all.
After two months I started eating one nightshade at a time and wrote everything down to see which ones caused flare-ups in my body and which didn’t. I wrote down every detail on how my body reacted before and after and once I completed this challenge I realized these nightshade fruits and vegetables were affecting me in a worse way than what I thought.
Take the challenge and slowly re-introduce nightshades back into your diet to see how your body reacts, make sure you write down everything you consume in your journal. Journaling is extremely important, this helps you rule out foods that are causing negative reactions in your body.
Avoiding nightshades is just the start to ruling out foods that cause painful joint pain and other serious problems in your body.
I currently am putting together my health and wellness plan that has given me tremendous results in dealing with my autoimmune diseases. This plan has also helped many friends and family members that have used it to lose weight and has changed their lives completely.
There is a way to feel better again, it’s an entire lifestyle change.