As we age, getting aches and pains can become a daily occurrence!
Do you find this happening with your body? I have noticed this with my own body.
I am a pretty active weight lifter and love to golf but I am noticing now that my main goal is to avoid pain/injury as much as possible. Because there is nothing worse than having to take weeks off from activities we love!
So I am assuming most of you (members of The Get Lean Club) can relate with this?!?
Well, I might have a solution that has nothing to do with getting shots, surgery or anything invasive.
Have you heard of Nightshades?
Nightshades are members of an enormous family of flowering plants. The ones that concern us in the Western diet mainly include:
- Tomatoes, (includes pizza sauce and anything with a tomato base)
- Potatoes (not sweet potatoes or yams),
- Peppers—this means all peppers including chili/bell peppers, habenero, cayenne pepper and paprika
- Goji berries (the new darling of the antioxidant crowd),
- Ashwagandha (an adaptogenic herb from Ayurvedic medicine),
- Cape gooseberries (not normal gooseberries), ground cherries and garden huckleberries (not blueberries)
It’s extremely easy to overdose on nightshades in our Western culture. 1
- Let’s say you have salsa on your eggs at breakfast, potato with your lunch, and eggplant with peppers along with other spicy dishes at dinner. This is a large amount of nightshades, eaten three times per day.
If you suffer from any of the list below these might be caused by consuming too many nightshades:
- joint pain and cracking,
- muscle pain and tightness,
- morning stiffness,
- poor healing,
- insomnia and gall bladder problems—
- heart burn or GERD—a lot of people already know they react this way when they eat peppers or tomatoes.
*For those of you who have tried “everything” for your arthritis pain, and nothing has worked but haven’t tried to avoid nightshades, it’s something you should do.
Here are some ways to find out whether nightshades are causing your medical problems?
- Totally steer clear of all nightshades for at least six weeks. Many people notice an improvement in their pain; sometimes it goes away completely.
- Eat as many nightshades as you can in one day and then watch for symptoms over the next two days.
What should you eat instead of Nightshades? 2
- Sweet potatoes, yams and parsnips
- Fresh fruit like blueberries, grapes, orange slices and melon
- Spices like black and white pepper instead of red pepper
Clearly, nightshade vegetables are not universally dangerous. Some people are more sensitive to them than others. Many of them have strong health benefits to offer the body. However, if you are suffering from symptoms that could be tied to nightshade sensitivity, taking the time to eliminate them from your diet and give your body a chance to recover might save a lifetime of pain and discomfort. 2
Have a great rest of the week!
To a healthier you,