When your body detects a threat, such as an infection or injury, the immune system—responsible for warding off harmful stimuli and aiding your body in recovery so it can return to homeostasis—reacts with an inflammatory response. Inflammation can be caused by a number of variables, but has just as many methods of treatment.

Before trying prescriptions, though, you may want to take a look at your diet and modify it to better combat inflammatory responses. Even for people who require medical attention for inflammation—such as patients with autoimmune conditions—anti-inflammatory dietary modifications are a great supporting treatment.

The roots of inflammation

Everyone experiences inflammation in some way, shape or form.

"Inflammation is your body's response to stress, injury and infection," said Melissa Ann Prest, a licensed dietitian nutritionist who works as a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and as a dietitian at the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois.

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