Ruby-red tomatoes… crisp bell peppers… spicy-hot cayenne pepper…
For most people, these are garden-fresh ingredients for a healthy diet, rich in a variety of beneficial nutrients like vitamin C and lycopene.
But for as many as 33% of the population, these seemingly healthy foods can be the cause of pain, migraines, stiffness and systemic inflammation. And as you know, inflammation is the root cause of most chronic disease.
And these are not the only seemingly “healthy” foods that could be wreaking havoc on your body.
For some people, even “superfoods” like broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage can cause problems with thyroid hormones.
This is why there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all “healthy diet.”
It also means that there is a good chance that you are eating foods that may not be healthy for YOUR body.
I want to share with you that I perform “Kinesiology Testing”, also known as muscle testing. You can bring in any food you suspect is causing you problems, or any supplements or prescription drugs you are taking and I can help you know if these are, indeed, causing your problems. We have set aside a few slots for muscle testing anyone who wants to experience this remarkable strategy. Just call our office 956-542-0902 and make an appointment for kinesiology testing.
Now let’s continue to discuss a class of foods that could unknowingly be the cause of pain, stiffness and poor health for millions of people…
Arthritis & The Nightshade Family
As members of the nightshade (or Solanaceae) family of vegetables, tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, peppers and other common foods contain a number of potentially problematic compounds, including glycoalkaloids and steroid alkaloids.
These compounds can inhibit acetylcholinesterase, an enzyme responsible for flexibility of muscle movement. And for some people, consuming these foods can cause stiffness and joint pain related to arthritis.
Dr. Norman F. Childers, PhD, founder of the Arthritis Nightshades Research Foundation states:
“Diet appears to be a factor in the etiology of arthritis based on surveys of over 1,400 volunteers during a 20-year period. Plants in the drug family, Solanaceae (nightshades) are an important causative factor in arthritis in sensitive people.”
In fact, a growing number of doctors and health experts believe that the symptoms of arthritis are often a misdiagnosed reaction to consuming nightshades. What’s more, many people who suffer from other inflammation-related illnesses – such as lupus,
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