You don’t need to be a professional athlete to realize the magical benefits of HGH, or Human Growth Hormone. This little anabolic hormone is used for muscle building/repair, skin and tissue strengthening, mobilization of fat stores, and shifts metabolism to the preferential use of fat. Whether 2011 National League MVP Ryan Braun, was increasing testosterone naturally or synthetically is yet to be determined, but there is no doubting the SUPERHUMAN effects these hormones can do for you when working in your favor.
HGH is like your very own FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH, located in your pituitary gland.
You also don’t need to be a pro-athlete to want to have HGH work for you. As we get older, our HGH levels substantially decline, and subsequent declines in muscle mass and other aging effects take place. Many of our lifestyle changes as we age affect our HGH production. We eat more crap, we sleep less, we stress out more, we laugh a lot less, and we can’t even find time for the gym.
Ladies, don’t look at the word growth hormone and think this article isn’t for you because you aren’t interested in GROWING giant muscles. Growth hormone, does a lot more than build muscles. It also decreases body fat, makes bones stronger, and thickens up your skin (for real, not metaphorically.) And you won’t grow giant muscles unless you are injecting/ingesting male hormones or anabolic steroids.
A common complaint among those who are reaching their 30s is that their metabolism SUCKS and that every dessert goes right to their ASS now that they are getting OLD! Metabolism and age have become the scapegoat for blame when we allow our health to deteriorate. Now that you’re not 16 years old anymore and you’re not growing like a weed, HGH’s release isn’t naturally called upon like it was before. The disparity between 30 year-old us and 16 year-old us isn’t in the amount we have, but in the RELEASE of the hormone. And there are certain things we can change to control the release of HGH.
Here are 6 ways to naturally increase your HGH production in your body.
- Eat Paleo! It is this simple: Our diet is stunting our growth! Our western diet, which consists mainly of large meals and high carbohydrate content, forces the body to flood the bloodstream with insulin. The large amounts of insulin inhibit the amount of HGH that will enter the bloodstream. We optimally want HGH to flood the bloodstream, then our body has no choice but to grow stronger! We do this by restricting carbohydrates and increasing our protein intake.
- Do intense workouts! You have to perform a workout that is tough enough to illicit a growth hormone response. When we strain our muscles during lifts, we develop microscopic tears in our muscle tissue and this calls upon HGH to repair them. Not only does this repair the muscles, but it also stimulates the growth of new muscles fibers, and promotes the release of fat from your adipose tissue, encouraging (my three favorite words) LEAN MUSCLE MASS. Focus on lifting heavy weights in lifts that recruit a lot of different muscle fibers, such as bench press, shoulder press, squat, deadlift, and clean. Also, limit cardio workouts to a half hour but up the intensity.
- Monitor what you eat before and after workouts! Towards the end of a workout and immediately after is when your body gets the memo to pour that HGH out into the blood to repair and rebuild. You don’t want to be downing a power bar or fruity drink post-workout that will inhibit this response. I like to leave an hour before workout and a half hour after where the only thing I take in is water. Then it’s a protein rich shake or meal that will help rebuild the muscles.
- Eat protein rich foods! Amino acids from protein rich foods will naturally raise HGH production. Amino acids like Arginine, Glutamine, L-Lysine, and L-Glysine are extremely important to HGH, and very beneficial to overall health. Serious athletes and lifters should supplement their diet with these amino acids to intensify results. This diet will also induce the production of lots of good eicosanoids. These cell-to-cell messenger micro hormones come in two types, they can be “good” and be beneficial to your health or they can be bad. A healthy, protein-rich diet will make sure you are producing a lot more “good” eicosanoids.
- Don’t eat before bed! Those late night cookies, I’m looking right at you Santa Claus, are hurting you more than you think. An increase of blood glucose levels by way of eating sweet, starchy carbs late at night, will inhibit the release of HGH and end up in more storage of fat. Resist eating at least two hours before bedtime. If you have to satisfy a talking tummy late at night, a whey protein shake (with little or no carbs) will do the trick.
- Get some sleep! Your body needs 7-9 hours of sleep every night. HGH is secreted in stage III and stage IV of the sleep cycle, after the first hour or two into your sleep. You need to make sure you are getting a deep, sound slumber every night.
By being in control of our diet, rest, and physical activity, we ARE in control of our body’s aging. If we change the lifestyle factors in the positive directions, we can reverse this course of aging and increase our bodies’ HGH production naturally. How does more muscle, less fat, and a more efficient metabolic system sound?