~ by Mike Butler
CSCS, Nutrition & Exercise Consultant
Increased intestinal permeability (aka “Leaky Gut”) induced inflammation has become a very hot topic as of late as it has been reportedly linked to the following:
- Low Energy/Chronic Fatigue
- Weight gain/Belly Fat
- Digestion issues like Constipation, Bloating, IBS
- Poor Concentration
- Lack of Motivation
- Chronic Inflammation
- Skin issues, like acne, rosacea, and eczema
- Hormone Imbalances
- Anxiety, depression, ADD & ADHD
In my many years of managing my clientele’s nutrition and fitness plans, I’ve seen it all. Mostly embarrassing stuff, like digestion issues, bloating, constipation, ect… My clientele would complain and ask if I could suggest anything that could help them. I would then piece together a very complicated regimen of foods and ingredients to attempt to help them build out the proper diet and supplement regimen that would mostly dance around the symptoms as to not exacerbate them but still provide the nutrients needed to be healthy. We tried elimination diets; no fish, gluten, dairy, sugar, ect…. We tried low acid diets to reduce heartburn, bloating and gas. We tried all natural “living food” diets, which were very difficult for my clients to realistically follow due to their busy schedules.
Then I noticed that there was one consistent across my clientele; they either had a protruding gut with very stubborn belly fat, and/or had some sort of digestion or stomach issue. Going back to my nutrition background, I remembered this is a classic sign of Chronic Inflammation.
Chronic Inflammation in the gut and body can be triggered by many things, these being the most common:
Poor Gut Health – a porous, stressed out, inflamed digestive lining can let many unwanted foreign substances into the bloodstream resulting in this new phenomenon known as “Leaky Gut Syndrome.”
Poor Diet – Sugar, Refined Carbs, Saturated Fat, Aspartame, MSG, Food Allergies, Alcohol, and even overeating are have been shown to increase inflammation. Sugar and refined carbs can spike insulin levels – triggering the release of proinflammatory cytokines as well as switch Omega-6 fatty acids to a pro-inflammatory state.
Overstressed Immune System – Chronic inflammation happens when the body sends an inflammatory response to a perceived threat that does not require an inflammatory response (such as in Leaky Gut Syndrome). The white blood cells have nothing to do and nowhere to go, and sometimes the eventually start attacking internal organs or other tissues and cells. It can also occur when after an infection or illness, the proinflammatory neutrophils necessary to fight the infection are not completely replaced by anti-inflammatory monocytes that promote healing.
Lack of Sleep – Inflammatory cytokines are secreted at a higher rate by those who have insomnia, compared to those who do not. During sleep, the body restores and heals and the immune system calms down. Lack of restorative sleep increases inflammation levels in the body.
Fat Cells – Fat cells secrete proinflammatory cytokines and histamines. The more fat cells you have – the more potential you have for increased inflammation. Fat-Soluble toxins such as pesticides, pollutants, preservatives, food additives and heavy metals can end up being stored in fat cells when the digestive process is impaired and/or there is insufficient fiber in the diet (which absorbs bad fats that carry such toxins). The more fat cells being stored in the body, the more toxins are being secreted continuously into the bloodstream – causing issues such as inflammation, fatigue, headaches and other health issues.
Stress – Chronic stress, or stressing about stress, can change the gene activity of immune cells to be pro-inflammatory – even when there is no infection or trauma to fight. It can also interfere with the transition of neutrophils to monocytes after an illness – sabotaging the switch from inflammation to healing.
Aging – The natural process of cellular division and the use of energy results in the production of free radicals. Free radicals, when not taken care of by an adequate amount of antioxidants, cause damage to cells and tissue – triggering an inflammatory response.
I wanted to help my clientele, so I set to researching the prevention of “Leaky gut” and how to reduce the chronic inflammation. The popular dietary solutions either didn’t work that well or were overly complicated and strict and the clients never could realistically follow them. I realized quickly that something else needed to be done. That’s when I met Dr. Hennen.
Dr. Hennen is a world-renowned author, ingredient specialist, and health product formulator. He has specialized in solving difficult nutritional challenges like this for nearly 4 decades. Not only was Dr. Hennen aware of the “Leaky Gut” phenomenon we presented, he educated me that there were many other “gut related” issues that could be contributing to my clients health complaints. He explained that gut health is the key to solving many of our common health problems, and is very commonly misdiagnosed and overmedicated causing unwanted side effects, much like what my clients were struggling with.
“Before chronic desease, there is inflammation; but before inflammation comes gut dysfunction. Anti-inflammation treatments help, but gut repair corrects the problem right at its source.” ~ Alejandro Junger, M.D., NYT Bestselling Author & Gut Health Specialist
After many hours of research and meeting with other ingredient specialists, laying out each common scenario that was preventing my clients from becoming healthy and fit, the JuniperLife team and I set to work designing a solution that would comprehensively target these primary complaints and their causes; with healthy, proven ingredients.
22 ingredients later, we were handed a sample of 3 different (and VERY expensive!) formulas. They contained widely researched and proven ingredients like Berberine, Cissus & Irvingia, Transfer Factors, Rhodiola, Reishi Mushroom, Resveratrol, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Kigelia Africana Extract, and many more… I revisited the gut specialists and they agreed it was the perfect combination of gut health ingredients that would work wonders for my clientele, and that after only a few short DAYS they should see and feel noticeable results.*
Additionally, since Inflammation in the digestive track can trigger the body to respond by conserving energy and storing fat, triggering an ancient “preservation mode” where the body recognizes it won’t be able to hunt for food due to the injury, reducing inflammation by healing and protecting the gut will redirect the body’s energy, improve metabolism, start burning fat for fuel, and help you feel amazing!*
This is not one of those products where you won’t feel anything. If you’re like my clients, and countless people are, you’re ready to try something that will actually deliver results, help you feel better, and will fit into your busy lifestyle. Our entire company’s purpose is centered around building happiness, so we obsessively support and stand behind everything well make to ensure it delivers what people are hoping for.
For the clients with the symptoms I mentioned earlier, I recommend starting with the Transformation Program
– which includes all 3 products IGNITE
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. It covers the whole spectrum of potential causes of Poor Gut Health!*
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CSCS, Nutrition & Exercise Consultant