Human growth hormone (HGH) is normally thought of as only being necessary for children while they are growing.
However, recent evidence suggests that HGH is involved in many physiological processes throughout life, including the turnover of muscle, bone and collagen, the regulation of fat metabolism and the maintenance of a healthier body composition in later life.
A relatively recent discovery is the existence of growth hormone deficiency in adults (GHDA), which has shed further light on the function of this busy little hormone.
People with GHDA have a relatively low muscle mass and high body fat, creating a tendency to obesity, an increased risk of heart disease and a greatly reduced exercise capacity. Other symptoms of low growth hormone you’ll recognize as being things people often experience as they age. Even if some of that is normal, all of us would like to stay more youthful as long as possible. Part of staying youthful means doing what we can to maintain optimal HGH levels.
Athletes have long known the benefits of HGH whether they’ve realized it or not. Healthy levels of natural HGH excretions help athletes adapt to exercise more rapidly, increase muscle mass and reduce body fat more easily. An easy example of this is obvious effects of the higher natural amounts of HGH, like it is in our teens and early twenties. Anyone over thirty can tell you their body responded to exercise much more rapidly when they were younger.
Below are some common symptoms of growth hormone deficiency:
- Low energy/fatigue
- Decreased muscle mass
- Weight gain, especially around the waist
- Thin and dry skin
- Anxiety and depression
- Changes in the make up of the blood cholesterol. (higher than normal levels of LDL’s in comparison to their HDL’s and higher triglyceride levels)
- Decreased sexual function and interest
- Feelings of being isolated from other people
- Greater sensitivity to heat and cold
- Less strength, stamina and ability to exercise without taking a rest
- Reduced bone density and a tendency to have more bone fractures as they get older
While it’s natural to age, aging doesn’t mean we have to throw in the towel and give up on having the vitality that we enjoy.
Since many of us would like a short cut, let me say now that supplementation of HGH is possible through injections from your doctor but can come with various complications and be very expensive. The safest, least expensive way to improve your own HGH is naturally through working with your body’s own system.
Below are 6 useful tips to help naturally increase HGH levels in your body and enjoy the benefits without the risks.
- Get adequate sleep! In general, HGH secretion follows a circadian rhythm and is secreted in 6-12 discrete pulses per day, with the largest pulse secreted about an hour after the onset of night-time sleep (around midnight for most people).
- That means get to bed at a decent hour.
- No bedtime snacks! You’ve heard it a million times before, “don’t eat before bed”. While there may be many reasons for this one reason is certainly that eating before be reduces your natural HGH secretion. Research suggests no food for 2 hours before bed.
- Eat your protein! Protein, one of the most essential building blocks in the body, is used in the production of growth hormone. This means you can’t produce enough HGH without enough protein.
- Stay hydrated! Dehydration has also been shown to reduce HGH production, along with causing a host of other problems.
- Exercise regularly! Exercise is another natural HGH booster. Hard workouts, if not done too
frequently can produce a higher HGH secretion as can the frequency of your workouts.
There are a few other tips that can help you increase your natural HGH levels but are best
used under the guidance of a health professional.