Inflammation has been a buzzword for quite some time now, and headlines link it to all sorts of health complications. But what is it? Where does it come from and how can we keep it at bay?

And if you regularly follow health news you most likely see stories about which foods may cause or reduce it. While there is no magical food to prevent chronic inflammation, understanding what it is, where it comes from, and how to adapt an anti-inflammatory lifestyle can safeguard you and your health against long-term inflammation.

But, don’t worry, not all inflammation is bad or harmful — some types can be beneficial. Here’s why.