What is inflammation?
Inflammation is a natural healing response that occurs when the body needs to heal damaged cells or defend against infection. During an inflammatory response, white blood cells and inflammatory chemicals pour into the affected area, creating a sensation of heat, redness, swelling and pain. When inflammation is acute and localized in response to a trauma, it can be beneficial. When inflammation becomes chronic and systemic, however, it can negatively impact one’s health, creating an environment that is conducive to serious illness. It can also inhibit the body’s natural ability to heal. Read more