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Just

Swell
There's more to inflammation
than meets the eye
BY AMY MOTTERAM
While inflammation seems like a bad
thing-with so many diets and lifestyle
tips aimed at reducing it-that couldn't
be further from the truth. In fact, inflammation
serves as an essential tactic used by your body's
defense system. That is, most of the time.

What Is Inflammation?

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When you fall and sprain your ankle-you can thank
inflammation for the swelling. If you catch a cold,
inflammation of the tonsils is likely the cause of
your sore throat. It's everyday situations like these
that cause acute inflammation, or your body's shortterm immune response to an illness or injury. In
other words, inflammation is simply a process that
allows your body to protect, heal and repair itself. At
least that's what it's supposed to do, in theory.
 But what happens when this process extends
beyond the initial healing period? Or it's triggered
without the presence of an illness or injury? That's
when chronic inflammation settles in, which can
cause major problems for your health.
 Rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease are
just two examples of conditions caused by chronic
inflammation. It can also lead to an increased risk
of heart disease and cancer.
 With that in mind, let's take a closer look at
some of the most common conditions that are
spurred on by chronic inflammation:



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