Inflammatory Foods That Can Cause Pain

by | Dec 21, 2017 | Advice Hub, Nutrition

Pain, inflammation and acidity go hand in hand as they all co-exist with each other. If there is too much acidity in your body you will not be able to escape pain whether it is a niggle, absolute agony, localised or widespread dependent on how much there is.  Let food be thy medicine and reduce or avoid some of these inflammatory foods that we outline in this article.

There are many aspects to your life that can contribute to acidity as stress.  These include chemicals in our environments and those we apply to our skin in addition to allergens as well as what we eat and drink. Addressing these areas and improving our bodies’ internal environment could have a big influence on the speed of your recovery as well as whether you suffer with back pain in the first place.

The fabulous thing about this situation is that it is reversible. If you have a severe or chronic long-term problem then I would advise seeking professional advice such as from a nutritionist because there maybe considerations that need to be made in order for you to go through this process safely and without unduly overloading your body before it is ready.

For many of us though simply making a few small changes in our everyday lives can have a remarkable impact on our well-being. One way of achieving this can be moving to a greater percentage of more alkalising foods and drinks in order to reduce stiffness, aches pains and tenderness.

This information is purely as a guide. We are not saying that you have to make drastic changes from your current diet, and you definitely don’t want to only eat alkaline foods either as that will cause a whole host of other problems. What is important is to consistently make positive changes at a pace that you will be able to stick to. Going out guns blazing radically changing your diet then having a massive relapse will not be beneficial to your health. You should take several months to redress the balance. General recommendations are that your diet should be 70-80% alkaline foods to keep your body in the optimal range.

So what are the acid/alkaline foods for your body?

inflammatory foods that cause pain a chart showing different foods and whether they are acidic or alkaline for the body

Grains and Cereals

Although these are mainly acid forming some are just mildly. Corn, however is alkalising so a good grain to include in your diet. As a general rule the closer the grain or cereal is to its natural form the less acidic it is. For example, white flours are very acid forming and whole-grain only slightly. If a cereal or grain is white it means that the processing has stripped it of vitamins, enzymes and trace elements that make it more digestible.

If you eat cereal bars that have sugar and/or sweeteners added they will be very acid forming.


All meats are acidifying to varying degrees:

The very acidic meats are the red meats e.g. beef, pork, mutton.

Slightly less acidifying meats are white meats such as chicken, rabbit, veal and young lamb.


White fishes are slightly acidic in addition to oysters and shellfish such as lobster, crayfish and mussels are very acidic.

Spices and Condiments

Herbs are alkalising.

Any condiments that have vinegars such as ketchup, mayonnaise, mustards as are acidic and therefore inflammatory foods.

If you currently buy products e.g. preserved vegetables, preserved in brine or vinegar switching to products in oil will then be alkalising. A great way to continue to eat foods you enjoy and ensure that it is even better for you too.

Cold pressed virgin oils are alkalising they become acidic (along with other oils) when heated up.  This is whether that be during the manufacturing process or when they are heated up during cooking.

The best way to avoid contributing to pain and inflammation in your body is to avoid sugars.  In addition to refined grains and cereals, processed foods and artificial sweeteners.

Keep tea, coffee and alcohol to a minimum and drink plenty of water.

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