Chronic inflammation is an issue that is profoundly related to chronic pain conditions and certain foods and excess weight promote chronic inflammation in your body. Let’s look at food first. There is something called arachidonic acid which contributes to inflammation. Arachidonic acid stimulates the production of pro-inflammatory prostaglandins and leukotrienes which means it promotes inflammation in your body.

Too much leads your body to over-respond with inflammation during the healing and repair process and when your body is overloaded, the inflammatory process is more difficult to shunt, or reverse. Animal meats/oily fish (like salmon) produce highest amounts of AA in the body. Fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes (beans/lentils) produce little or no AA. Processed baked goods produce a moderate amount.

If you have chronic pain doesn’t it make sense to limit foods that promote inflammation in your body?

Samuelsson B. “Arachidonic acid metabolism: role in inflammation.” Z Rheumatol 1991;50 Suppl 1:3-6