Nightshades are vegetables that belong to the Solanaceae family of plants and include kitchen staples such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and white potatoes (see Complete List of Nightshade Vegetables).
Dr. John Pagano, author of Healing Psoriasis: The Natural Alternative may have been the first to discover an important link between nightshades and psoriasis.
People suffering from psoriasis may benefit from attempting to eliminate nightshades from their diet.
How Do Nightshades Affect Psoriasis?
Nightshades, according to Dr. John Pagano, are a source of inflammation and tend to aggravate psoriasis. This is most likely due to the fact that nightshades are high in alkaloids, some of which are toxic to the human body.
If someone has a leaky gut, these toxins can leak into the blood circulatory system through compromised intestinal walls and manifest themselves on the skin as psoriasis.
Although there is some controversy over Dr. Pagano’s research, there is much anecdotal evidence to suggest that removing nightshades from your diet may reduce inflammation or help heal psoriasis in your body altogether. This is especially true for people who are highly sensitive to alkaloids.
The best way to see if you are sensitive to nightshades is to eliminate it to from diet and see if your psoriasis conditions improve.
First, start by reading the Complete List of Nightshade Vegetables and focus on eliminating the most common types of nightshades from your diet. You will want to try eliminating nightshades for at least four weeks before forming any conclusions.
While avoid nightshades, ensure that you are still eating a high amount of fruits and vegetables. This is especially important for people with autoimmune disorders such as psoriasis.
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