I used to think it was somewhat funny for my mother to claim that "nightshades" caused her pain to increase. I assumed that was an "old wives' tale"... little did I know that my mother was on to something!
In case you weren't familiar with the term, "nightshades" in this context refers to a common family of foods that don't seem related at first: tomatoes, white potatoes, and egg plant.
Whether you're dealing with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis according to Dr. Neal Barnard, food can make difference! (see Chapter 5, pp. 72 ff.)
At first the medical establishment assumed that arthritis had little or nothing to do with the painful inflammation we know as arthritis. But starting in the 1980's often reluctant researchers had to admit that some people, at least, were showing dramatic food sensitivities.
When eating come foods like wheat or corn, arthritis would flair up and progress. When the offending food was removed (and there are a number of them) arthritis would "miraculously" disappear ... but come back whenever the patients tried to reintroduce certain foods.
Here's a list to get you thinking about your diet and the possible roll that these foods could be making you sick...
12. Egg plant
Now here's the thing... it may only be ONE thing that causes your body to display arthritis.
The only way to find out is to try an "elimination diet". According to Barnard that could mean going on a fast from everything (or only eating from his list of "pain free foods") and then reintroducing one item at a time for a few days and see if symptoms occur.
Are these "food allergies"? Barnard didn't use that term because while food allergies are recognized, it took some time for these foods to be linked to arthritis symptoms.
Once you've found your particular food "trigger" or "triggers" though, you're on your way to reducing the pain of arthritis inflammations.
It's true. There ARE foods that cause arthritis pain literally. Physician Neal Barnard makes clear that once identified, removing these foods from the diet will ease one's suffering immensely or totally eliminate it.
What don't we hear much about this? It's hard to tell... perhaps because nobody believed this was even possible for so long.
If you're suffering from arthritis though, one way to ease the pain may be to get Dr. Barnard's book and - under the supervision of your physician - begin seeing if any foods are behind your arthritis flare ups!