Ready to hear the results from the Arthritis and Nightshades, What’s the Deal Case?
Remember the post on arthritis and nightshades where my client was suffering from arthritis in her hands so badly that she could no longer wear her wedding ring? If not, you can click here to refresh your memory on her story before you continue to read this.
Essentially, nightshades include tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and peppers, goji berries, and a few others.
Let’s find out how she did and what the connection between her diet and her arthritis was for her.
Feeling a bit worse at first
When you read her account below, notice that on day one, she actually felt a little worse, but already by day four, there was some improvement. Also notice that she is still eating some foods that she knows she is sensitive to; like gluten and dairy.
It is my belief that if she eliminated all three at the same time for a few months, she would see very noticeable decrease in inflammation and pain. Check out our post on the elimination diet to help you discover your individual triggers. We also provide some helpful meal ideas and recipes to help you as you embark on this journey.
The information below was taken from her account of the experience:
July 28, 2016 – Today was the first day on the diet. I definitely don’t feel any better but I don’t feel any worse either. I am aware of what’s going on so maybe I am just more aware of the pain and the inflammation in my hands.
July 31, 2016 – I felt a slight difference this morning. It was easier to get out of bed and my hands didn’t ache. (She was also often waking with an aching back and stiff joints)
August 1, 2016 – My lower back hurt when I woke up on both sides. It loosened up as I walked around. My fingers feel the same as yesterday; no initial pain upon awakening and a bit of stiffness in the thumbs is all.
August 2, 2016 – Hey! Only my thumbs hurt when I woke up. The other fingers felt okay and so did my low back.
August 21, 2016-I was able to get my ring on past the first knuckle and almost over the second. Wow! There is still some swelling in my hands, but the ring-test tells it all. Improvement!
August 28, 2016-I went to a business dinner and ate gluten and dairy last night. I had a backache and diarrhea when I woke up this morning.
September 1, 2016-There is really something to this food sensitivity thing! I am not sure how long I can go without my favorite foods but at least now I know that if I want to have less pain and inflammation, I need to eat well and steer clear of nightshades and gluten.
Arthritis and Nightshades
When I finally removed all the foods I was sensitive to for a long enough time, I could start adding them back in (in small doses) without trouble. This is the ultimate goal! To let the gut heal to the point where you no longer get symptoms from the foods you’re eating.
That said, there are sometimes when you have a true allergy or something celiac disease where you need to avoid that particular food forever. For me, it’s gluten and dairy and I still have to watch the amount and frequency I eat soy, corn, and nightshades too. We try to rotate them in so I am not eating them daily.
And as long as I have been following a diet free of foods I am sensitive to, I still mess up sometimes. I have two products that were recommended by my doctor to use when I accidentally (or on purpose at special occasions) eat foods I am sensitive to.
What to do if you slip-up
These two products can help decrease the reaction and discomfort after you ingest an offending food. The first one is called Takesumi by Supreme Nutrition. This is a detoxification product and may help to adsorb byproducts of undigested foods.
The other product I always have on hand is made by Houston Enzymes and called Trienza Digestive enzymes may aid in the proper digestion and break down of the foods you have eaten (or are about to eat) thus reducing the potential reaction.
Let me be clear here. This is not to say that you can go eat whatever, whenever and just take these supplements every time you eat.
You should ALWAYS check with your doctor before taking any supplements! There may be contraindications with a unique condition you have, medications you currently take, or they may just not agree with you as an individual.
Please share your thoughts on this in the comments below. Is it worth it for you to change your diet and lifestyle in order to experience a decrease in pain and inflammation? It sure is for me!