Is there a natural remedy for Rheumatoid arthritis? I would like to say that there is not just one remedy, there is a bunch of little things that you can do that might help you achieve a pain free life without inflammation and symptoms.
Today I would like to discuss the subject of Nightshades and the correlation between nightshade vegetables and rheumatoid arthritis, Why nightshades are bad for you and why you should not eat nightshades with rheumatoid arthritis. I will also provide you with a list of nightshades vegetables – the most common ones.
Nightshades belong to the family of Solanceae – this is a plant that flowers. It comes in a variety of forms such as Vegetables but also tobacco and trees, amongst other plants. There are over 2000 different plants all in the Solanceae family and the majority of them are highly poisonous and toxic for our bodies. Some nightshades poison is so strong that it has actually been used for poisoning people, leading to their death.
Nightshade Vegetables And Rheumatoid Arthritis
There are several common symptoms of nightshade intolerance such as :
Rashes, nausea and vomiting and something that people with R.A. are very familiar with, achy muscles and joint pains as well as inflammation. The later symptoms is far to familiar for people with R.A.
All people are not intolerant to nightshades but if you already have an underlying issue with Rheumatoid Arthritis or any other auto immune disease, adding to fuel to the fire might not be the best route to take.
You might not even realize that you are intolerant to the poison from the plants because you always have pain and swelling anyway.
By keeping it out of your food for a designated time you can then determine if you experience any significant difference or not. When you then start eating it again you might be able to feel changes happening in your joints, such as getting more aches.
To me, keeping nightshades out of diet is logical. The nightshade family is known for the poison it carries and to be fair you would probably not go and eat the tobacco plant as you do know that it is poisonous, just like smoking.
The vegetables in the nightshade family are related to the tobacco plant. If your doctor has never told you to give up smoking as it can worsen your Rheumatoid Arthritis, then something is wrong with your doctor. Every one know that smoking is bad for you and causes a variety of health issues, well nightshades are tobaccos younger and more hip baby brother.
If you ask researchers and doctors if there is a correlation between R.A. and Nightshades they will more than likely say no. Perhaps if we all knew that nightshade plants were poisonous, sales would drop and they would start to lose money, not just from farming the plants but also medications to help with symptoms caused from R.A. This is however only speculations.
A List Of Nightshade Vegetables – Our Day To Day Food
- Capsicum / Peppers/ Pimento
- Potatoes ( Not sweet potato)
- Goji Berries
These are the basics to stay away from but there are thousands of them. A lot of these vegetables have also been mixed into regular spices and sauces. For example – Capsicums are often dried and mixed into BBQ sauces etc.
So there is a lot of product labels to be read.
Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis – Staying Away From Nightshades
It is almost impossible to stay away from all nightshades, unless you make everything from scratch, including sauces etc.
I started with excluding all the basic nightshades that I would usually eat and the things I knew were just nightshades for example Ketchup / Tomato Sauce.
I just stopped eating it all together. I was still using some spices and sauces, even though I would love to make everything from scratch at home. I am a realist and there was no way for me to do so, when working 2 jobs and studying full time.
I was keeping away from nightshades and I actually noticed a difference but I did not notice the difference until I started eating nightshades again. Why you might wonder. See I thought that it did not do anything, Nothing happened, I still had some pain and aches in my joints, so I started eating potatoes again. I believe I actually went out and a restaurant meal that included a nice steak with potatoes and ketchup. The next day my fingers were so painful. The stiffness was back and the soreness and that warmth you can get from your joints due to the inflammation was back.
This is when I realized that perhaps there is something more to this and it is not all baloney.
No one ever said that it was going to be easy. I am not saying it is going to be easy because that would be a lie.
If you are content and happy on the treatment you are on then I am so happy for you.
In my case the treatment did not do much at all, I was in to the hospital every few months for cortisone injections even though I had both tablets and injectable medications in my treatment plan. Nothing ever really worked until this.
I have been slacking of my diet and my ways and I do pay the price that follows this. I am not saying never enjoy a tomato of never have capsicum. I still have it, however I do not have it on a daily basis and I try not to mix it all together in the same meal and then I prepare myself for the pain I am going to endure the following day. Sometimes that is a price I am willing to pay as the craving for potato wedges and ketchup can be pretty serious at times. Other times I do not give in to it.
When you change your diet it is not about never having it again. It is about finding a balance were you are healthy and pain free but also are able to enjoy life and the food you love, but perhaps not everyday.
You will be able to find your own balance and what works for you. Perhaps after trying you will never have nightshades again, perhaps you will have it every other week, perhaps you limit yourself to one time a week. This is all individual and it will be determined by your body.
For me, having it once a week has worked pretty well, however I do supplement with a lot of anti-inflammatory foods and spices to assist my body with the potential inflammation that can occure.
If you want to give food without nightshades a try but you do not know were to start there are a bunch of cooks book out there for you to try. Amazon has some great products in this category and you can browse them right here ; Nightshade free
When I went nightshade free I cooked everything I loved but in different ways, it was not always easy but I love experimenting, if you need some help along the way to get started that is ok too.
I hope you have enjoyed the reading, if you have any questions or comments please drop them down below and I will get back to you.