As we age, getting aches and pains can become a monthly or weekly 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,
  • Potatoes (not sweet potatoes or yams),
  • Eggplant and 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)
  • Tobacco

When I first found out about nightshades I was surprised and a bit disappointed because I use peppers and sometimes tomatoes in my famous salad I make.

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It’s extremely easy to overdose on nightshades in our Western culture.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, in multiple combinations.

Why should you care about this? It’s likely that you enjoy eating these foods and can’t imagine that they are bad for you in any way. Well, if you suffer from any of the list below these can all be caused by nightshades:

  • inflammation,
  • joint pain and cracking,
  • muscle pain and tightness,
  • morning stiffness,
  • poor healing,
  • arthritis,
  • 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.

Avoiding nightshades can lessen your pain, whether or not the nightshades are the true source of the pain.

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.

How do you find out whether nightshades are causing your medical problems?

  • For many, no relief comes until the diet is totally clear of all these nightshades for at least six weeks. Many people notice an improvement in their pain; sometimes it goes away completely.
  • Another way to find out is to eat as many nightshades as you can in one day and then watch for symptoms over the next two days.

Are you sensitive to weather changes? This can be an indication of nightshade sensitivity.

Are some people more sensitive than others? Yes! Nutrient deficiencies certainly come into play. One example, if you don’t have enough magnesium, and are deficient in vitamin D that may exacerbate the problem. The speed at which one’s liver and kidneys detoxify these compounds plays a huge role, and this is dependent both on genetics and nutrition.

What should you do to avoid Nightshades?

  • For those who are sensitive to nightshades, the best strategy is to avoid them completely for a long time, until you can completely heal.That means no pizza, tomato sauce, potatoes or Mexican food. (sorry but it will be worth it 🙂
  • For those lucky people who don’t seem to have trouble with nightshades, I would eat in moderation and avoid having nightshades with every meal. Vary your diet so you are not dependent on nightshades. For example, I replaced peppers and tomatoes with asparagus and mushrooms in my salad 🙂 Sweet potatoes, yams and parsnips are good substitutes for potatoes.

Well, now you have you are a professional when it comes to Nightshades. 🙂 If you do have those symptoms I listed above, you should definitely cut them out of your diet and see how you feel over the next few weeks.

Have a great rest of the week!

Brian

P.S. Are you looking to lose inches around your waist to get ready for the summer? Try the Intermittent Fasting Guide to get you started! If you need added help, I have one on one coaching services to hold you accountable and get long lasting results.