You’ve probably heard of human growth hormone by now, but you might wonder what all the excitement is about. You might also wonder how you can increase your HGH naturally. Here’s everything you need to know about HGH, and 7 ways to naturally increase your levels of this important hormone.
About Human Growth Hormone and Your Health
HGH is a hormone. The pituitary gland, which is a small gland that sits at the base of your brain, secretes HGH and several other hormones.
As its name suggests, human growth hormone promotes growth in height in children and in adolescents. Adequate levels of HGH helps kids reach their maximum height potential.
In adults, the presence of HGH leads to a healthier body composition and also supports good health in a number of other ways, such as:
- Maintaining lean body mass
- Reducing fat accumulation
- Strengthening your bones
- Promoting more rapid hair and nail growth
- Improving circulation
- Providing a more favorable cholesterol profile
- Protecting your organs from overall decline that happens as we age
- Helping protect you from other consequences of aging
Natural production of HGH declines as you get older, but starts to happen much earlier than you might expect. In fact, progressive deficiency in HGH typically begins in our 20s. Sagging HGH levels lead to reduced lean body mass and bone mineral density, along with an increase in body fat, especially abdominal fat. Lowered HGH levels are also associated with a worsened cardiovascular risk.
In general, though, you just look and feel older as your HGH declines. That’s a terrible way to live.
Daily injection of either HGH or a Growth Hormone Releasing Hormone (GHRH) is the quickest and most effective way to increase HGH levels. Several studies show that replacement therapy is beneficial, and now HGH replacement therapy is standard practice. Long-term use is safe, and adult patients often continue HGH replacement therapy for many years.
Many factors, such as exercise, stress, diet, emotional excitement and aging, can affect the amount of HGH your body produces. The Carragher Method at The Body Well recognizes these factors and use lifestyle changes, such as sleep and stress management, our specific nutritional plan and our scientifically based Intelligent Physical Fitness plan to stimulate the pituitary into secreting more HGH.
The Carragher Method’s Top 7 Ways to Naturally Increase HGH Production
1. High intensity burst training
Bursts of high intensity exercise during your regular training session increases HGH production. A sports medicine professional might say that increasing your heart rate above your anaerobic threshold for 30-second intervals five or more times in a workout engages super-fast twitch muscle fibers. In plain terms, though, doing 30-second bursts of high-intensity exercise during your exercise routine stimulates certain muscle fibers in a way that triggers HGH production.
2. Get enough sleep
Shoot for 8 hours of quality snooze time each night to optimize your body’s HGH production.
Take 0.5 to 5 mg of melatonin before bed. Research shows that melatonin increases growth hormone levels by up to 157 percent.
4. Eat high quality protein
Enjoy a high-protein, low-carbohydrate snack just before bedtime. The amino acids in your snack help boost HGH. The low-carbohydrate snack keeps insulin levels low, so that insulin cannot inhibit growth hormone from doing its work.
5. Optimize Vitamin D levels
Vitamin D interacts with IGF-1 in a way that affects growth hormones. You can measure the amount of vitamin D in your blood with a simple laboratory blood test. The optimal level of vitamin D is 70-100 mg/mL.
6. Avoid eating sugar after workouts
Avoid eating sugars, particularly fructose, within two hours of a workout. Consuming sugar after exercise causes your brain to release somatostatin, which a chemical also known as also known as growth hormone-inhibiting hormone. In other words, exercise triggers the release of somatostatin, which inhibits the production of HGH.
Eating sugary foods also causes a spike in insulin levels, which tells your body to store body fat and decrease the release of growth hormones.
7. L-arginine and L-lysine
Taking a combination of these two amino acids before exercise and sleep increases growth hormone production by up to 700 percent. For optimal results, take 3 to 5 grams.
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