Think of inflammation as an immune system response to injury, infection, environmental irritants, poisons and toxins—to name just a few. Earlier I mentioned immune system pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines. When the immune system is activated by a trigger, pro-inflammatory substances signal white blood cells to go to the site of the infected or damaged tissue. When they have done their work, anti-inflammatory substances arrive and orchestrate the healing process. If everything goes right, that is. All things being equal when the immune system is working properly, a collaborative balance exists between pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory agents. If the immune system gets stuck in the pro-inflammatory phase and the anti-inflammatory agents do not activate, chronic inflammation may result. This simply means that your body’s normal defense system, does not shut down appropriately and continues an inflammatory state longer than needed when there is no longer an infection to fight or because something unusual triggered the inflammatory state to start with. More tomorrow.