Most of us think little of inflammation until we're injured, when swelling, redness and pain flood the affected area. Even then, we focus mostly on the pain, not the internal healing process. Your body’s defense mechanism kicks in, and you don’t have to think too much about inflammation – it’s just there when you need it.
But inflammation might also occur when you don’t need it, and that can cause problems. In some individuals, inflammation is present at very low levels. Many experts now believe this type of low-grade, chronic inflammation is responsible for a litany of chronic conditions.