Even if you are new to yoga or exercise in general, you’ve probably heard of the negative effects of inflammation on the body. Inflammation is generally accompanied by mild swelling and moderate pain. It’s our body’s way of protecting us from disease and infection from foreign organisms.
As I’m sure you can imagine, inflammation is bad news for Yogis as it can significantly reduce flexibility. In extreme cases, it can even cause injury due to restricted movement.
Here’s the good news: we can fight inflammation. Our greatest weapon is our diet. One food group to avoid in particular is the Nightshade. Although most people find nightshades to be healthy and delicious, eating them in high quantities has been linked to Chronic Pain and Inflammation.
Let’s get this one out of the way first. The tomato is high on many lists as a super healthy and delicious food. It is the quintessential nightshade because it’s high in Solanine, an inflammation-inducing alkaloid.
Worried about your Lycopene intake for a healthy heart? Take a look at this list of the Top 10 Foods Highest in Lycopene and find your new favorite.
Fun Fact: For about 200 years Europeans thought the tomato was poisonous. As it turns out, they weren’t that far off.
Peppers are the Patron Saint of joint pain. If your diet includes a lot of peppers and you suffer from any sort of joint pain, try cutting them out for 2 weeks and see if the pain is relieved. You may be surprised.
Eggplant is another surprise killer. The Arthritis Foundation recommends cutting it out of your diet right away if you start experiencing symptoms of Arthritis.
The common potato (solanum tuberosum) has an average Solanine content of 8mg per 100g and is listed in the FDA Poisonous Plant Database.
Now obviously, as a part of a healthy diet, none of these veggies will kill you. However, for those of you experiencing flexibility issues or joint pain, cutting these out may be worth a try. In addition to eating an Anti-Inflammatory Diet you should cut out smoking if you haven’t yet. It’s 2016, after all.