We hear the word inflammation a lot these days. But how many people out there know what it means? Did you know that it’s actually a good thing? Inflammation is a self-protective response against harmful pathogens, damaged cells or irritants within your body’s tissues. The overall purpose is to protect your body and initiate tissue repair. Sounds pretty good, right? Here’s the problem, it actually ends up producing negative results over time. And can we talk about long term chronic inflammation? Woah, Nelly.