Fire and ice are two of the most powerful concepts that can be added to a healthy weight management program. Fire symbolizes the need to increase thermogenic fat metabolism, igniting your own biochemistry to burn glucose for energy rather than converting glucose to fat for storage. Ice represents the need to cool and quench inflammatory response, a natural metabolic action that can be adversely affected by excess weight, hormone imbalance, or blood sugar imbalance. Inflammation can alter our body chemistry so it is more difficult to maintain a healthy weight. Inflammation can contribute to weight retention, even when the person is exercising and decreasing caloric consumption. Fire and ice, along with a healthy eating and exercise plan, are the keys to effective weight management.
In Inflama-Trim™ we have evaluated the underlying causes of system imbalances in the fat metabolism process to design a formula that supports alignment and harmony in the body. When used in conjunction with the “Maximum Metabolism” diet and exercise program included within the bottle, the fire and ice of Inflama-Trim provide a highly sophisticated and complex array of vitamins, minerals and herbs that are powerful and effective tools. This Bio-Aligned™ formula addresses all of the important body systems that play a part in a healthy, holistic weight management program.
Most people know the benefits of firing up the metabolism in a weight management program: the body burns more calories for increased energy and less fat storage. The importance of interrupting the natural inflammation cycle is less well known, but it is a very important part of sugar balance, weight retention, energy, and overall healthy weight management.
As one of the most discussed and studied conditions in health research today, metabolic inflammation is said to affect over half of the adult population of the U.S., most of whom don’t even know they have it. Metabolic inflammation is the inappropriate activation of our immune system, which can disrupt many of our body’s systems and can have severe effects on weight retention and weight gain. As you can see from the diagram below, inflammatory response is one element in a body that is spiraling out of balance.
Inflammation and Its Effects on Weight
As with so many health issues, the beginning of the inflammation cycle can begin with a poor diet, such as at the top of the cycle, an excess amount of refined carbohydrates. Those breads, cookies and snacks aren’t only high in calories, the carbohydrates are converted into glucose, surging the body with sugar. High blood glucose not only signals the liver to produce more fat and excess cholesterol, but it also signals the pancreas to produce excess insulin. The upsurge in insulin increases fat storage.
If the increased fat is not burned off as energy, some of it will be stored as visceral adipose tissue (VAT), which is the fat surrounding the midsection. At the same time, stress can also affect this process. Stress causes the body to produce cortisol, which in turn also increases VAT fat storage.
VAT is not just inert flab. VAT acts like a gland and secretes messenger molecules called cytokines. Cytokines are messenger molecules that “turn on” or upregulate inflammatory response in the body. Inflammation can be triggered by cytokines or many other factors. Other triggers include environmental toxins, diet, or lifestyle. Inflammation can also be turned up through a process called glycation. When excess sugar is in the blood, the sugars attach to proteins. The protein molecules experience a “sugar burn” and are damaged. These damaged molecules, called advanced glycation end products, activate even more inflammatory response.
An upregulated inflammation system causes the release of even more cytokines, which activate a hormone-like compound called c-Jun Terminal Kinase (JNK), which can cause the cells to take in less blood sugar for energy. So more glucose remains in the blood and the cycle spirals onward: inefficient insulin function, inefficient carbohydrate conversion, increased glucose levels in the blood, increased fat production. This cycle literally alters our body chemistry toward a weight-retention mode. How to stop this vicious cycle? Interrupt the spiral at any point: lose weight, restore blood sugar balance, decrease stress, restore insulin balance, reduce inflammation. The purpose of Inflama-Trim is to help you intervene at a number of points in this inflammation cycle.
A Complex Array of Nutrients for a Systemic Approach to Healthy Weight Management
One key to reducing inflammation is to ease the body’s inflammation messengers. Inflama-Trim includes turmeric, hops, resveratrol, rosemary, bromelain, holy basil, ginger root and magnesium to counter metabolic inflammation.
Stress induces the release of cortisol, which in turn increases fat retention. At the same time, brain neurotransmitters influence alert mental functioning, drive, and ambition. Neurotransmitters that have stimulating properties can support a positive outlook by activating a feeling of energy and vitality. Inflama-Trim includes l-phenylalanine, GABA, l-theanine, niacinamide, 5-HTP, magnesium and vitamins B-5 and B-6.
In response to stress, the adrenal glands produce hormones such as cortisol, which can cause weight retention. Inflama-Trim is formulated to reduce anxiety and stress and to maintain healthy adrenal function, including holy basil, Relora®, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins B-5 and B-6.
Blood glucose can be transported into the cell for energy, or it can be converted to fat and stored. Many nutrients can aid the body to stimulate glucose uptake, such as alpha-lipoic acid, banaba leaf, bitter melon, chromium, cinnamon bark, fenugreek seeds, and vanadium. At the same time the cells are becoming more efficient in glucose uptake, it is also helpful to control appetite. Natural compounds that decrease appetite are garcinia, and gymnema sylvestre.
In any weight management program, the key is to reduce caloric intake while increasing physical activity. Yet the body requires larger amounts of adenosine tri-phosphate (ATP) to compensate for increased energy expenditure. Inflama-Trim includes green tea, ginger root, magnesium, Bioperine®, l-tyrosine, gum guggul, iodide, chromium, potassium, acetyl l-carnitine and vitamins B-5 and B-6 to enhance energy production.
Inflama-Trim includes two components that actively help to block the digestive absorption of fats and carbohydrates so they can be eliminated from the body. Chitosan is a fiber compound that absorbs grease, oils, and fats, and aids the body in excreting these compounds. Phase 2® is made from a white kidney bean extract. It slows down the digestion of starches by inhibiting alpha amylase, an enzyme that usually breaks down starches to be more fully absorbed by the body. Further, with increases in energy production, the body creates additional waste that must be eliminated. Gentle diuretics such as dandelion leaf and bladderwrack, have been added to this formula to assist in the removal of waste products.
Among its many functions, the liver is the main fat metabolizer of the body because it breaks down lipids. Further, it regulates blood sugar and converts many vitamins into active nutrients, all while it cleanses and detoxifies the entire body. Healthy liver function is supported by ingredients such as: apple cider vinegar, acetyl l-carnitine, dandelion root, N-acetyl cysteine, bupleurum root, alpha lipoic acid, potassium, vitamins B-5 and B- 6, niacinamide, and beta-sitosterol.
Much modern healthcare is narrowly focused: a painful emergency is treated, a specific problem is cured, or a specific symptom is calmed. At Source Naturals, we take a wider, holistic view of healthcare. Our philosophy in health as well as our philosophy in product formulation is to address underlying imbalances to keep the body in alignment. As the systems of the body become balanced, our body’s own wisdom can move us into a state of vigor and well-being.
As you have perhaps seen in our other Bio- AlignedTM formulas, Source Naturals combines vitamins, minerals, nutritional compounds, and herbs to address the needs of the entire system: the systems function on multiple levels just as the body functions on multiple levels. We’ve taken this philosophy beyond product formulation. When we look at the entire body as interrelated systems, we can support and align these various systems for an overall, preventative healthcare approach that is effective and understandable. We call this approach SystemiCare TM, a systemic approach to wellness.
Inflama-Trim is part of this new paradigm in health care, recognizing that the health and balance of one system affects the entire body. Inflama-Trim is a Bio-Aligned formula that addresses seven of the dozen key SystemiCare systems identified by Source Naturals as critical to optimal wellness, including: Energy, Sugar Balance, Digestion, Liver/Detoxification, Antioxidant Defense, Brain/Cognition, and Inflammation. It is one of the most powerful tools available for your health and well-being.