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Hey everyone,

I have a problem with stiff joints and occasionally creaky bones. I do a lot of yoga and feel from one day to the next my joints have stiffened up again and my bones are always cracking in class. I have cut out tomatoes in the last week and have been experiencing a bit of detox (been lfrv for a year now) after having eaten huge quantities of them everyday since i started this lifestyle. What i would like to know is if anyone has experienced any detox from nightshades, if this stiffness has anything to do with the high tomato intake, and which fruits and veggies would be good to consume to lubricate the joints. I should mention that I have had stiff joints for a while but since increasing the yoga activity my joints feel really sore. Thanks for the insights.



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If I don't eat enough greens I have really bad knee problems like an old lady; going up and down stairs and pressing my car clutch hurts. I need my omega 3s and other stuff from them. But I am bad at eating my greens. A lettuce/spinach equivalent and a head of celery a day is the best I manage.

I rarely eat tomatoes and haven't for years.

So, couldn't it be just a training problem? Perhaps you should be more trainhed, exercise longer or exercise with other activities, too. Have you tried to look for "nightshades" in the forum?
I have read plenty on nightshades and have found that they have been linked to arthritic symptoms so I was curious about others experiences. I certainly hope it isn`t a training problem because next month i plan to go do my teacher`s training course for yoga and will be doing yoga twice a day for a month straight.


Agree with Kaz on the possibility of needing more greens.

I have also found oranges and cherries to be good pain relievers and anti inflammatory.

Peace, PK

I can't eat nightshades or citrus without getting stiff joints/pain. When I cut them out my stiffness & pain got WAY worse for like 2 weeks. Now it's gone:)

The glycoalkaloid, Solanine in nightshade veg: aubergines, potatoes and potentially tomatoes is thought to disrupt cell membranes and disturb the calcium balance. It is a particularly prevalent problem for some arthritis sufferers.

It is associated with neurological issues.

Frying reduces the concentration in potatoes but not boiling: don't eat green pots or those which are damaged as both increase Solanine levels. 

Tomatine is the alkaloid in tomatoes and is considered more benign.


If you have pain it is worth laying off all nightshades for at least a month. Solanine is a fungicide and a pesticide.

The pain is possibly from increase calcium levels in the blood causing gout-type symptoms.

Thanks for the info Kaz, I have been suddenly suffering from this the last few days, it happened so suddenly, I have been taking calcium supplement, but unfortunatly its not a Ca:Mg combo, just contains calcium, zinc, K, and D3.  I only been taking it the last few weeks while transitioning, but perhaps you are right, I should stop taking it and see how it goes.

I also got me some omega3 and flax seeds, a friend of mine had this in her knee and told me omega3 helped her.

Almost no one has calcium deficiency, but the majority will have magnesium deficiency or imbalance. ESPECIALLY if they take a calcium supplement.

Calcium and Magnesium are two sides of a seesaw that need to be kept in balance.

And it is tough. I used to have a saltwater corals fish tank. SO hard to keep the right balance of CaMg

Good luck.


I checked again, my supplement do have the required Ca:Mg, no idea why I thought its not. 

I also noted there was a link between green tea and joints stiffness, I have been a green tea addict for year, but gave it up the last few days,  so this evening I decided to have it again, I feel a lot better and relieved after drinking the green tea.  Who knows... its really odd aches, though, never felt like this before, its as if I've an two marathons or something.





We're incurable according to this sort of stuff, LOL!


I'm stiff and slow (but no knee pain this week) and one hand is worse than the other. It may be slow adaption to the work I am doing at the allotment. Perhaps I need some fast, lymph, blood and oxygen pumping exercise, for at least a minute anyway :)

I've be short of celery lately so I will see if that helps.




Curious if you get much sun?

I used to have creaky joints, but went away when I started to get regular sunshine.



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