Symptoms of Nightshade Sensitivity

What are Nightshades?

Night Shades are not harmful to everyone, but they contain enough toxins to cause inflammation in some people, particularly those with leaky gut or autoimmune disease. There are as many as 80 different type of autoimmune diseases affecting millions of people, including myself. If you have any inflammation in your body, perhaps seeing if eliminating “Night Shades” will help decrease it.

Here’s the list of common nightshades:

  • Tomatoes
  • Tomatillos
  • Potatoes
  • Eggplants
  • Peppers (bell peppers, banana peppers, chili peppers, etc.)
  • Pimentos
  • Goji berries
  • Ground cherries
  • Ashwagandha (an ayurvedic herb)
  • Tobacco
  • Red pepper seasonings (paprika, chili powder, cayenne, curry, etc.)
  • Read labels: terms like “spices” and “natural flavors” often contain the above seasonings.

Similar sounding foods that are NOT nightshades:

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Peppercorns (black, white and pink)

What are Symptoms of Nightshade Sensitivity?

  • Joint pain
  • Stiffness upon waking, or stiffness after sitting for longs periods of time
  • Muscle pain and tension
  • Muscle tremors
  • Sensitivity to weather changes
  • Poor healing
  • Insomnia
  • Skin rashes
  • Heartburn
  • Stomach discomfort
  • Digestive difficulties
  • Headaches
  • Mood swings
  • Depression

How Do I Learn If I’m Sensitive?

The only real way to know if you have a sensitivity to Night Shades is to ELIMINATE them from your diet. When eliminating anything from your diet you should give at least 30 days. WITHOUT CHEATING.

Then, REINTRODUCE them into your diet as a test:

  • Introduce only one at a time for at least 3 days.
  • Stop eating them, for 2 days and monitor your symptoms for a least 72 hours.

Now during this 30 days and reintroduction phase you want to LISTEN to the body responses.

  • Did you notice any improvement during the 30 days?
  • Did you have a negative/positive reaction when you ate them again?
  • Were there any noticeable changes in your life, refer to the list above.

Often, we don’t realize just how much, until we stop eating them.

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