Heart disease remains the #1 leading cause of death in the world, including the U.S.
And despite all we know about diet, exercise, smoking, and other risk factors, heart attack and stroke continue to cause about 31% of all deaths every year. That disturbing fact led concerned researchers to look for new solutions. And they found them… in the gut.
The intriguing and inspiring discovery opened up a groundbreaking branch of research that has the potential to help doctors and scientists truly combat heart disease. And the target they landed on was completely unexpected, and certainly nothing to sneeze at…
Mucus Is as Serious as a Heart Attack
Never heard of the “mucosal system?” Think of it as a kind of skin, only thicker, that blankets every square inch INSIDE your body (mouth, nasal passages, lungs, stomach, small and large bowel, etc.).
At 4,000 sq feet and 200x larger than our skin, the mucosa is now considered to be the body’s largest organ and surface area. Like a road block, it prevents harmful organisms and substances from crossing into areas of the body where they don’t belong.
But when you’re thinking about heart health, mucus probably never springs to mind. However, your mucosal system, especially the portion that lines your gut, has a direct effect on your cardiovascular system.
In fact, the gut-heart connection has proven to be so important that cardiologists believe that supporting the gut could be a promising new way to keep hearts healthy and strong.
You see, when the mucosal lining of your intestines is thick and resilient, it shields your intestinal wall from the irritating effects of the barrage of toxins constantly being produced inside your intestines by harmful bacteria.
Unfortunately, when the gut mucosal lining is weakened, those toxins - called lipopolysaccharides, or LPS toxins - punch holes in the “blanket” of your gut barrier (a condition known as “leaky gut”). This then allows the dangerous toxins to escape the protective confines of your gut and leak directly into your bloodstream.
Your complex cardiovascular network is akin to your body’s super highway which is great for transporting important nutrients and compounds. Unfortunately, it’s also an easy way for these toxins to gain access to any system and organ in your body, and create all sorts of havoc )such as setting off a body-wide inflammatory response.)
When it comes to your heart health, LPS toxins have been shown to promote the development of plaque in the blood vessels, which as you might expect is bad news. This plaque can trigger devastating health problems including:
- Coronary artery disease
- Atrial fibrillation (A-fib)
- Kidney failure
- Irregular heart beat (arrhythmia)
- Heart failure
Research shows that people with higher levels of circulating LPS toxins face a significantly higher risk of cardiovascular disease. This means that the health of your heart and the health of your gut are inextricably linked.
It also means that it’s crucial to keep your gut barrier strong and resilient if you want to protect the health of your heart.
How to Keep Your Body’s Most Important “Bouncer” Strong
You may be surprised to learn that your mucosal layer is the biggest – and most important – organ in your body. This crucial part of your immune system provides you with round-the-clock protection against external threats, acting like a bodily bouncer, only allowing healthy compounds to pass through its selectively permeable barrier… And keeping all the unwelcome guests out.
When it’s well-conditioned, your mucosal barrier will have a robust, gel-like consistency that can help keep those nasty LPS toxins trapped safely inside your gut and out of your bloodstream. It gets this protective consistency thanks to a protein known as MUC2 (or “Mucin 2”).
Like any good workout regimen, your mucosa needs to hit the MUC2 weight room in order to perform its best. Without enough MUC2, the mucosal barrier won’t be strong enough to trap LPS toxins.
Unfortunately, everyday aggravators like stress, alcohol, antibiotics, NSAIDs (ibuprofen and aspirin) work just as hard as your natural MUC2 production team. This means that without proper daily support, your body's Mucin 2 supply can quickly take a hit, causing your mucosal barrier to become thin and brittle.
Luckily, your body can create all the MUC-2 it needs… as long as it has the supporting cast in place to help.
Introducing Your Building Block Repair Team
Success in any area of life requires steady attention and focus – Especially your health! From the largest bodily organ or system down to the tiniest tissue, membrane, or vessel, consistent maintenance is how you stay on top. And did you know? Your body has a built-in maintenance team of “fix-it gurus” that keep everything running smoothly.
Proteins are large, complex molecules that play many critical roles in the body. Chiefly, they do most of the work maintaining the structure, function, and regulation of all systems in your body.
Since your body’s repair needs change all the time, the optimal way for your body to utilize proteins is to make them “on the fly.” This ensures the right proteins are matched perfectly to the work needed.
In order to facilitate this process of protein manufacturing, your body requires another building pro: Amino acids. These protein builders are also known as the “building blocks of life” for the crucial role they play system wide. By properly utilizing these amino acids, your body has all that it needs to create a custom, on-demand repair team that’s optimized for the job and ready to go.
What does all this have to do with your mucosa and heart health? As it turns out, when it comes to stabilizing and maintaining a strong mucosal gut barrier – critical for protecting your heart and overall health – a combination of four amino acids have been proven highly effective:
These specific amino acids support your intestinal mucosa by giving your body everything it needs to build MUC-2, essential for proper gut barrier function.
And these superstar amino acids do much more than keep your gut barrier in optimal shape. They also deliver critical support for heart health.
L-proline, for example, offers a protective antioxidant effect to heart cells. It also drives important collagen production, which helps keep your blood vessels healthy and supple. And L-serine helps keep the heart rate steady and blood pressure balanced.
Bottom line: Heart and gut health are closely connected and both rely on a strong gut barrier, powered by amino acids.
How To Support A Healthy Gut and Strong Heart
A robust gut mucosal barrier is vital to your overall well being, and can be your “Golden Ticket” for maintaining a healthy heart.
That’s why Just Thrive developed Gut 4-tify –> The first supplement of its kind formulated to build a healthy mucosa.
Gut 4-tify is formulated with the 4 key amino acids your body needs for total gut barrier and cardiovascular support:
And for added muscle, Gut 4-tify provides a powerful antioxidant blend and a special polyphenol-rich citrus extract.
With the perfect aminos, antioxidants and citrus polyphenols...
You’ll be able to support strong immune effectiveness, calm your digestive tract, and drive your healthiest mucosal barrier function...
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