INFLAMMATION IS A GOOD THING WHEN IT’S FIGHTING AN INFECTION OR QUELLING A WOUND.BUT IT’S BAD NEWS IF IT LINGERS IN YOUR BODY. W e hear about inflammation all the time. But, what is it and how does it affect you? Inflammation comes from the root word inflame, which means “to set on fire.” Acute inflammation is your body’s quick immune response to an attack—infection, cut, bruise, or foreign body— causing redness, swelling, pain, and heat. Defense cells ride to the rescue and begin the healing process. But sometimes inflammation persists. Chronic inflammation can then damage body tissue, making you susceptible for an array of health issues. Fresh Thyme Registered Dietitian Kerry Clifford explains, “Think of the digestive tract as the first line of defense. The digestive tract acts as 70 to 80 percent of your immune system and prevents foreign particles from entering the -fight- 20 Fresh Thyme Crave | freshthyme.com 020-023 Inflamation-kd.indd 20 4/11/18 11:59 AM