Happy Thursday Everyone!
How is everyone doing today?
I thought today would be a perfect time to bring up the topic on the mysteries of the Nightshades! They sounds so mysterious and very “super hero-ish” don’t they?!
I have received a few questions regarding my take on food being linked to skin issues and this topic also came up when meeting with my nutritionist the other day.
We are what we eat, so if we are not getting proper fibre from eating high amounts of vegetables, some fruits and whole grains our toxins will eventually have to show up somewhere and this normally will happen through the skin.
During my visit to the nutritionist she told me that I have a lot of inflammation in my body which could be causing some areas to be out of whack. She put me on a “no nightshade” diet for a few weeks and I am to log how I feel and if I notice a difference.
Of course I was torn on this “no nightshade” business as these foods come from the earth! How can something that comes from the earth like a tomato cause inflammation?
Apparently on my quest to finding a perfect un-inflamed body and perfectly clear skin I found a lot of interesting tid bits on the nightshade family.
Yes, they can be a cause of acne. Why you ask? Let me explain.
Although nightshades are high in vitamins, minerals and other useful things, some people find that they feel healthier by not nibbling on these vegetables. Actually, beg my pardon, nightshades are actually FRUITS and NOT Veggies. Except of course for our good potato friend who is in a whole other league of its own – a Tuber 😉
What Are Nightshades?
Tomatoes, white potatoes, bell peppers, the “hot” peppers such as chili and paprika, as well as eggplant belong to the Nightshade Family.
Here is a little nightshade trivia for you – at one time nightshades were used in witchcraft and in poisonous murder!
Nightshades contain alkaloids which can be harmful in heavy loads. It is important avoid eating tomato’s and potato’s with green spots on them as this shows that the levels of alkaloids are high. The green on these vegetables were caused by when they saw the light of day and and switched on their self defence mechanism to make them unappealing to animals…..and humans?
I found that it was traced back to when the tomato was first introduced in Europe that this fruit was deadly poison. The stem and leaves of the tomato plant are known to be poisonous to animals and humans today 😉
Bottom line is alkaloids cause inflammation and cause the bones to excrete calcium, other minerals and vital trace minerals from the body. This in the end will cause more issues with your skin and possibly even arthritis.
I have been advised to eliminate theses spooky veggies (or fruits) from my diet for 2-3 weeks. I am to log if I notice any difference in my joints, stress levels, skin, etc.
If you are experiencing inflammation in your skin or body I would totally suggest removing these nightshades from your diet for a while just to see how you feel.
Create a little food journal and write down everything you eat and the time you ate them. Then note all the symptoms or way you feel during the day. It can all be linked back and you can figure out what maybe causing some issues you are experiencing.
Can you believe that a Tomato was once said to be a poison to people!? WOW!
I am IN LOVE with seaweed right now!
I am eating these sheets like 3 at a time!
It is said: “All of the minerals required by human beings, including calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium, iodine, iron, and zinc are present in sufficient amounts. In addition, there are many trace elements in seaweeds.”
Ahhh see, I can feel my body getting full of vitamins and minerals from my constant munching on the seaweed sheets. I may actually fill them with a little somethin’ somethin’ later today for a nice snack 😉
I am off to my Life Coach Appointment today and I am so excited to post after that!
**TIP – To help clear your acne NATURALLY, use a combo of cedar wood essential oil and tea tree essential oil. I put these oils on spots and they heal quickly, without leaving scarring!
My current Skin Care Routine to Heal Adult Acne:
Wash my face with a gentle cleanser.
Tone my skin with Rose Water
Apply Cedar Wood and Tea Tree Essential Oil to my Spots / Problem areas.
Do you enjoy Seaweed? What are your views on the “nightshades”? Do you believe we should stay away from them?
To Your Glam Life,