I've been hearing a lot about inflammation when it comes to health and health news. Reports tell me what to eat to avoid inflammation;
scientists talk about it as being a key to arthritis and to auto-immune disorders.
I don't really understand what they mean. What exactly is inflammation when it's referred to like this? I understand inflammation when it involves a wound -- white cells rush to the wound and protect it from infection, which is why a wound can become red and a little swollen and warm.
But when it's not about a wound, what do I need to understand about it to help protect my health? I am 50 and have noticed some soreness in my joints and am wondering if it is the beginning of arthritis. Might I be dealing with inflammation? Are there things I can do to reduce it?
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