The dangers of nightshades: Why eating the wrong fruits and vegetables could make pain worse : The Hearty Soul

Not just nightshades – nuts and oatmeals too. I’ve eliminated these from my daily diet and I am feeling much better now.

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This post was originally published on My Health Maven. Elisha is deeply passionate about educating people and empowering them to lead healthier lives. I encourage you to check out her blog.

Nightshades are a specific group of plants belonging to the Solanaceae family which includes over 2,000 species. They are also some of the most popular foods consumed today; they include tomatoes, potatoes, all types of peppers, and eggplant. Not truly a nightshade member but containing the same inflammation-inducing alkaloids are blueberries, huckleberries, goji berries and ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng).

The theory suggests that nightshades induce inflammation through a specific chemical known as solanine. Researchers now believe this chemical may actually irritate the gastrointestinal tract. When it’s absorbed into the bloodstream, it can cause the destruction of the oxygen-carrying red blood cells.

Solanine is known as an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor – it acts to prevent the breakdown of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine (ACh), leading to an excessive build-up of ACh in nerve receptor sites. This action allows for constant over-stimulation of Ach receptors, especially within the nervous system as it’s responsible for stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system. (source)

Solanines are not water soluble, are not destroyed by cooking, and are not broken down inside the body but must be excreted as alpha-solanine. Alpha-solanine is classified as a neurotoxin. Interestingly most “foods” that contain alpha-solanine also contain at least 5 other neurotoxins including atropine and nicotine.

Nightshades Could Be Causing Your Arthritis Flare-Ups

One of the major problems attributed to nightshades is arthritis. In fact, some researchers believe that arthritis is often misdiagnosed in people who may in fact only be experiencing the effects of nightshade consumption while having a nightshade sensitivity.

Alkaloids appear to affect the metabolism of calcium. Though not yet understood how, nightshade foods may remove calcium from bones and deposit it in soft tissue, setting the stage for arthritis. For this reason, researchers have recommended that all individuals with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or other joint problems like gout eliminate nightshade foods from their diet. (source)

Norman F. Childers, Ph.D., is the founder of the Arthritis Nightshades Research Foundation. He has the following to say on this subject: “Diet appears to be a factor in the etiology of arthritis based on surveys of over 1400 volunteers during a 20-year period.

Plants in the drug family, Solanaceae (nightshades) are an important causative factor in arthritis in sensitive people.” The primary cause of the reactions in some people is the presence of an alkaloid called tropane which many are very sensitive to.

Eliminating nightshades from my diet has had a profound effect on my health. In 2006 I completely eliminated all nightshades from my diet. The first big change I noticed was that I no longer needed an inhaler. I had been diagnosed with reactive airways disease ten years’ earlier and used inhalers on almost a daily basis.

My need for inhalers decreased dramatically, until two weeks later, when I noticed I hadn’t used an inhaler at all. Six years later, I have never had the need for an inhaler. Within three months of eliminating nightshades, I noticed that the knee pain and leg weakness I had on a daily basis was also completely gone.

For those that suffer from arthritis or an arthritis-related disease such as lupus, rheumatism, and other musculoskeletal pain disorders members of the Solanaceae family of flowering plants, more commonly known as nightshades, may be adversely affecting their health.

The Nightshade List

  • Tomatoes (all varieties, including tomatillos)
  • Potatoes (all varieties, NOT sweet potatoes or yams)
  • Eggplant (aubergine)
  • Okra
  • Artichokes
  • Peppers (all varieties such as bell pepper, wax pepper, green & red peppers, chili peppers, cayenne, paprika, etc)
  • Goji berries
  • Tomarillos (a plum-like fruit from Peru)
  • Sorrel
  • Garden Huckleberry & Blueberries (contain the alkaloids that induce inflammation)
  • Gooseberries
  • Pepino Melon
  • The Homeopathic “Belladonna”
  • Tobacco
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne Pepper

Soy sauce made in the U.S. is generally made with genetically modified (GMO) soy beans, which are cut with the nightshade plant Petunia. A healthier option is to purchase Braggs Amino Acids at your health food store. It is naturally fermented soy sauce and the only other ingredient is spring water….it tastes exactly the same as other soy sauces only this one is pure.

Note: The condiments black/white pepper and peppercorns are NOT nightshades

Other Ingredients / Products to Avoid

  • Homeopathic remedies containing Belladonna (known as deadly nightshade)
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications containing potato starch as a filler (especially prevalent in sleeping and muscle relaxing medications)
  • Edible flowers: Petunia, chalice vine, day jasmine, angel and devil’s trumpets
  • Atropine and Scopolamine, used in sleeping pills
  • Topical medications for pain and inflammation containing capsicum (in cayenne pepper)
  • Many baking powders contain potato starch
  • Don’t lick envelopes, many adhesives contain potato starch
  • Vodka (potatoes used in production)

Read labels carefully because you could be doing everything else right, and still be sabotaged by one small amount of an ingredient. You should never buy a food that uses the generic term of seasoning or spices because you won’t know what is really in your food. (source)

Three Month Challenge

If you want to know if nightshades negatively affect you, take the three-month challenge. Avoid all nightshades for three months. (It’s called a challenge for a reason). Be careful to note the previous nightshade list, and become a label reader as some homeopathic, prescriptions; over the counter medications as well as numerous processed foods contain nightshades.

Prescriptions and over the counter medicines may require a discussion with your pharmacist or a phone call to the manufacturer of your over the counter medicines. After three months begin to reintroduce one nightshade at a time. Take note of any aches, pains, stiffness, and loss of energy, headaches, respiratory problems or any other symptoms. You may find as I did, that the quality of your daily health will dramatically improve after eliminating nightshades from your diet.

The Cost of Pain

A report released on June 29, 2011, from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies shows that 116 million adult Americans (one-third of the population) live with some level of daily pain. This is more than the number of people with cancer, diabetes and heart disease combined. The cost to the U.S. is upwards of $635 billion dollars a year. These costs come from direct medical one-third, disability, lost wages and loss of productivity.

This article was republished with permission from myhealthmaven.comSources

Source: The dangers of nightshades: Why eating the wrong fruits and vegetables could make pain worse : The Hearty Soul

What to Eat to Cure High Blood Pressure | NutritionFacts.org

Not one pathway can help with any form of ailments.

Eat right – the right kind of ‘fats’ ( and not without fats because our brains do need some good ‘fats’ to work), eat everything in moderation .. what you love like deep fried foods .. eat it once in a while or use an air fryer.

Important! – Stay away from hydrogenated fats!!!

Moderate dairy food stuff – I don’t drink milk but one use half & half for my hot beverages. Cakes, pastries .. all in moderation. I prefer to bake fruit pies, or fruit cobblers and fruit puff pastries using ready made puff pastries.

Eat fruits everyday and more than 1 serving of vegetables everyday. Usually our dinner is 2 servings of veggies per person per meal and I like to mix my veggies. E.g. – green beans with sliced colorful bell peppers or broccoli florets with cauliflowers and baby corns or nappa cabbage with fresh mushrooms and sliced canned chestnuts.

Use your imagination to give colors to your everyday meals. When you see more colors that means .. your meals are healthy.

I use coconut oil (unrefined) to cook my meals – use only 1 to 2 teaspoonfuls per dish with garlic (always) and if the weather is too cooling, I add one teaspoonful of ginger (it’s in a bottle – read the labels).

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High blood pressure ranks as the number-one risk factor for death and disability in the world. In my video, How to Prevent High Blood Pressure with Diet, I

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Homemade Ginger Oil To Replace Pain Pills + Cough Syrup + Antibiotics – RiseEarth

Extracted from ginger root, ginger oil benefits you by relieving pain and motion sickness. This uplifting and energizing oil has a wide range of uses. With its yellow color, pleasantly pungent aroma, and thin consistency, ginger oil is something you want to include in your diet immediately. So, keep reading and find out more about this oil that it is gaining popularity for the numerous benefits it possesses!

Uses of Ginger Oil

When applied topically, ginger oil can relieve pain and aches, and promote normal blood circulation. Due to its soothing and warming properties, ginger oil can treat digestive problems as well. Actually, this is one of the most popular uses of ginger oil: relieving any digestive problem, such as indigestion, gas, diarrhea, nausea, and morning sickness.

How to use ginger oil for other health problems:

  • Apply 2-3 drops in a diffuser and inhale. This will boost your energy levels and revitalize your mind, soul, and body.
  • Mix 2-3 drops in an ounce of carrier oil and use this oil for massage. It will relieve arthritis, rheumatism, backache, fractures, muscle pain, revitalize your libido and stimulate your circulatory system.
  • To relieve gas and diarrhea, apply a drop on your abdomen and gently massage.
  • To relieve sinusitis, sore throat, and runny nose, you should inhale via a diffuser or vaporizer.
  • Add it to your hot bath or apply a few drops on a hot or cold compress and place it on the painful areas

Composition of Ginger Oil

Ginger oil contain powerful mono and sesqui-terpenoids, including 1,8-cineole, neral, geranial, B-bisabolene, B-sesquiphellandrene, and zingiberene. Moreover, it contains linalool, nerol, geranyl acetate, geraniol, a-pinene, B-pinene, borneol, camphene, and y-terpineol.

Benefits of Ginger Oil

The numerous benefits of ginger oil are due to its powerful anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, analgesic, digestive, carminative, expectorant, and stimulating properties. It can treat many health problems, including:

Ginger oil’s many benefits are attributed to its anti-inflammatory, digestive, expectorant, antiseptic, carminative, analgesic, and stimulating properties. It’s helpful in alleviating various health problems, such as:

1. Stomach and Bowel Related Problems
Ginger oil has the ability to improve digestion, and it is an excellent remedy for dyspepsia, spasms, flatulence, and indigestion. Moreover, it is recommended for individuals who are trying to gain weight as it can increase the appetite.

2. Food Poisoning
Due to its potent antiseptic and carminative properties, ginger oil can treat food poisoning, bacterial dysentery and intestinal infections.

3. Malaria And Yellow Fever
According to a study, ginger oil can repel Anopheles culicifacies mosquitoes, which are the main cause of malaria in tropical countries.

4. Respiratory Problems
This oil can treat coughs, bronchitis, breathlessness, flu, and asthma. In fact, fresh ginger can eliminate mucus from lungs and throat, and is usually added to tea because of its soothing effects.

5. Relieves Pain
Ginger and ginger oil can reduce prostaglandins, compounds related to pain.

6. Heart Ailments
The regular usage of ginger oil can reduce the risk of arteriosclerosis, blood clots and lower the bad cholesterol levels in the blood. People who consume ginger regularly, can reduce their risk of coronary heart disease by 13%

7. Hypertension
The regular consumption of ginger can reduce the risk of developing hypertension by 8%. According to a 2005 study, ginger can lower blood pressure by blocking the voltage-dependent calcium channels.

8. Chronic Disease
The journal Nutrition published a study which showed that the daily intake of 2-4 grams of ginger can prevent numerous chronic diseases.

How to make ginger oil

Needed Ingredients:

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Source: Homemade Ginger Oil To Replace Pain Pills, Cough Syrup, Antibiotics – RiseEarth

Hold Your Hand in This Position…You Won’t Believe What Follows

Surya Mudra

This pose will help you improve your digestion and metabolism. The technique is also used for low blood temperature and loss of appetite.

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How Much Water Should We Drink Every Day? | NutritionFacts.org

quote {{ Based on all the best evidence to date, authorities from Europe, the U.S. Institute of Medicine, and the World Health Organization recommend between 2.0 and 2.7 liters (8 to 11 cups) of water a day for women, and 2.5 to 3.7 liters (10 to 15 cups) a day for men. This includes water from all sources, not just beverages. We get about a liter from food and the water our body makes. So this translates into a recommendation for women to drink 4 to 7 cups of water a day and men 6 to 11 cups, assuming only moderate physical activity at moderate ambient temperatures.

We can also get water from all the other drinks we consume, including caffeinated drinks, with the exception of stronger alcoholic drinks like wines and spirits. Beer can leave you with more water than you started with, but wine actively dehydrates you. However, in the cancer and heart disease studies I mentioned above, the benefits were only found with increased water consumption, not other beverages. }} unquote

More than 2000 years ago Hippocrates (460–377 BCE) said, “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little an

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Prescription: Nutrition Episode 1 – Green Revolution | NutritionFacts.org

Dr. Greger teams up with Chef Rich Landau to offer tips on how and why to eat healthier.

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How Our Gut Bacteria Can Use Eggs to Accelerate Cancer | NutritionFacts.org

How Our Gut Bacteria Can Use Eggs to Accelerate Cancer

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The Best Diet to Prevent Kidney Stones | NutritionFacts.org

In my video How to Prevent Kidney Stones With Diet you can see what the jagged surface of a kidney stone looks like under a microscope. Imagine one of those …

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THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO FASTING & REVERSING TYPE 2 DIABETES: A SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH DR. JASON FUNG – Prepare for Change

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One recommended way of doing it, which was tested by the BBC’s Michael Mosley in order to reverse his diabetes, high cholesterol, and other problems associated with his obesity, is what is known as the “5:2 Diet.” On the 5:2 plan, you cut your food down to one-fourth of your normal daily calories on fasting days (about 600 calories for men and about 500 for women), while consuming plenty of water and tea. On the other five days of the week, you can eat normally.

Another way to do it, as mentioned above, is to restrict your food intake between the hours of 12pm and 7pm daily, while not eating during the hours outside of that time.   }}   unquote

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“Everyone has a physician inside him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food. But to eat when you are sick is to feed your sickness.” – Hippocrates

Fasting has not received as much attention as it should when it comes to the world of health and medicine. That’s because you can’t really make any money off of it. The ‘pharmaceutical science’ studies used in medical schools to teach doctors about human health simply don’t focus enough on fasting for doctors to be knowledgable in the subject. Doctors also learn very little about nutrition and are trained to prescribe drugs as a result.

Dr. Jason Fung is trying to change all that. A Toronto based nephrologist, he completed medical school and internal medicine at the University of Toronto before finishing his nephrology fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles at the Cedars-Sinai hospital. He joined Scarborough General Hospital in 2001 where he continues to practice and change peoples lives.

He is one of a growing number of scientists and doctors to create awareness about the tremendous health benefits that can be achieved from fasting. It’s one of the oldest dietary interventions in the world and has been practiced for thousands of years. If properly practiced fasting was bad or harmful in any way, as some doctors suggest, it would have been known by now, and studies would not be emerging showing the health benefits that can be achieved from fasting regularly.

The Research

For example, a recent study published in the journal cell shows how a fasting diet can trigger the pancreas to regenerate itself, which works to control blood sugar levels and reverse symptoms of diabetes.

Mark Mattson, one of the foremost researchers of the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying multiple neurodegenerative disorders, like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, has shown through his work that fasting can have a tremendous effect on the brain, and could prevent or even reverse the symptoms of multiple neurodegenerative disorders. You can watch a great TEDx talk he gave on the topic here.

Other studies have shown how fasting actually fights cancer and triggers stem cell regeneration. You can read more about that and access those studies in an article we published last year, here.

There is absolutely no evidence, for the average person, that fasting can be dangerous. If you’re on prescription medication, or experience other medical problems, then there are obviously exceptions. But it’s quite clear that the human body was designed to go long periods of time without food, and that it’s completely natural.

“Why is it that the normal diet is three meals a day plus snacks? It isn’t that it’s the healthiest eating pattern, now that’s my opinion but I think there is a lot of evidence to support that. There are a lot of pressures to have that eating pattern, there’s a lot of money involved. The food industry — are they going to make money from skipping breakfast like I did today? No, they’re going to lose money. If people fast, the food industry loses money. What about the pharmaceutical industries? What if people do some intermittent fasting, exercise periodically and are very healthy, is the pharmaceutical industry going to make any money on healthy people?” – Dr. Mark Mattson (taken from his TEDx talk linked above)

Dr. Fung, Fasting & Diabetes

Dr. Fung recently published a book, co-authored with Jimmy Moore, titled “The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate Day, and Extended Fasting” It’s a great book that puts to rest the fears and myths associated with extended water fasting. He also recently published “The Obesity Code: Unlocking The Secrets of Weight Loss”

Fung, like 90 percent of doctors out there was conventionally oriented. He is a kidney specialist, and many of his patients had/have type 2 diabetes as a result of that. It eventually became clear to him that something was very wrong with the conventional treatment of type 2 diabetes….

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Source: THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO FASTING & REVERSING TYPE 2 DIABETES: A SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH DR. JASON FUNG – Prepare for Change

Alert!! LEAD & CADMIUM FOUND IN CHOCOLATE – Is it in your favorite brand? Check here!

ALERT!!

quote {{ Testing commissioned by ‘As You Sow’, and conducted at independent laboratories, indicates that the chocolate products contain lead and/or cadmium, and they fail to provide the legally required warning to consumers.

As You Sow has filed legal notices against chocolate manufacturers, including Trader Joe’s, Hershey’s, Green and Black’s, Lindt, Whole Foods, Kroger, Godiva, See’s Candies, Mars, Theo Chocolate, Equal Exchange, Ghirardelli, Earth Circle Organics, and more, for failure to warn of lead and/or cadmium in their chocolate products. }} unquote

OAKLAND, CA – March 23, 2016 – Consumer health watchdog As You Sow released results today showing that 35 of 50 chocolate products tested, including chocolate bunnies and eggs, expose consumers to lead and cadmium above levels set by California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act. Testing commissioned by…More

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