Inflammation is the body’s healthy response to injury or acute infection.

If you break your arm, you want your body to send all of its efforts to that area so it can heal. With an infection, like food poisoning, your body creates inflammation to get that poison out as quickly as possible so that it doesn’t cause serious damage. This is why you have an inflammatory response! It can keep you alive and accelerate healing in certain situations.

Inflammation becomes a problem when it doesn’t go away after a threat subsides or shows up when there’s no real threat at all. This is considered chronic inflammation, and it is one of the main underlying causes of many common symptoms and conditions.