Do you like the idea of a leaner, stronger, fitter, healthier and younger looking body? Read on and learn 5 practical ways to naturally increase the secretion of human growth hormone in your body.
What you’re about to learn in this article could potentially have drastic effects on the overall quality of life. We’re talking about the true Fountain of Youth here… the one hormone in your body that is considered by many to be the most powerful one in terms of your health longevity and overall looks and physique.
It’s called human growth hormone and is responsible for muscle growth as well as fat loss, strength, anti-aging, longevity, regeneration and repair of the cells in both your body and brain.
Growth hormone, aka GH, Human Growth Hormone, HGH or somatotropin, is naturally produced in the brain in a little pea-sized gland called the pituitary gland. One of its many functions is to make sure we don’t remain the size of a baby throughout our lives but that we actually grow.
However, the name growth hormone is deceiving. This is because growth is far from its only function. It’s also known as the fitness hormone, the anti-aging hormone, and the true Fountain of Youth.
Benefits of growth hormone
Growth hormone helps:
Strengthen your bones
It is secreted during the healing process. If, for instance, you break a bone it will help repair it. Not just that, but it will actually make the bone even stronger than it was before, making it very hard to break in the same place again.
Burn fat and build muscle
GH also works with testosterone and is responsible for increasing lean muscle mass while at the same time being the main fat burning hormone, making you lean and toned.
Improve cognitive function
Your cognitive function is also affected as GH helps improve your memory, focus and concentration as well as your mood.
Healing, growth and repair of cells
This is another responsibility of growth hormone. It’s really the ultimate hormone when it comes to anti-aging! It regenerates and preserves protein in your body… and your body is full of protein! It’s not only found in your muscles but in your hair, skin, nails, tendons and ligaments and it helps keep all of them fresh and flexible.
How growth hormone keeps you young
Without dwelling too much on the scientific aspects this is what growth hormone basically does when it comes to anti-aging…
Inside your cells you have the nucleus. This is where you’ll find chromosomes. These contain your DNA. At the end of each strand of DNA there is something called a telomeres. These protect our genetic data, make it possible for cells to divide.
The problem is that each time your cells divide these telomeres get shorter. When they get too short, the cell can no longer divide. It becomes inactive or dies.
Increasing production of human growth hormone can reduce the telomere shortening, which in turn will keep your cells active, make you live longer and look younger.
However, as we age the natural secretion of growth hormone decreases. This is when signs of aging start to occur. Lean body mass decreases while fat increases. This is the reason many people start gaining weight as they grow older and it becomes more difficult to maintain a lean body.
It’s also the reason many celebrities choose to inject themselves with synthetic growth hormone to maintain that youthful, lean look.
However, you don’t need to inject yourself with it. There are also certain supplements which are said to boost your body’s natural production of HGH. These are also known as HGH releasers. One of the most popular ones on the market today is GenF20Plus.
Naturally increasing the production of growth hormone could allow you to reap all these benefits that will make you feel better, look younger, slow down the aging process and increase your lifespan. So, what other ways are there to boost your natural production of HGH and what are the things you should avoid doing that will prohibit this production?
Ways to increase Growth Hormone
Preferably high-intensity interval training. You don’t need to workout for long. However, your workouts do need to have sufficient intensity to engage those fast twitch muscle fibers that you can’t recruit with steady state cardio like jogging.
A properly performed hiit session has been shown to boost production of human growth hormone between 450% and 770%. you can also try the moderate poundage, high intensity F4X Workouts taught in Old School New Body. These were specifically designed to engage those fast twitch muscle fibers and maximize your production of GH.
Get enough sleep
The first thing is simply to get more quality sleep. It’s when we sleep that we naturally secrete the majority of growth hormone. It’s released in a pulsating pattern that usually consists of two big spikes. These stop as soon as we wake up and have our first meal, which leads us to the third method…
Don’t eat breakfast
You have probably heard that you shouldn’t skip breakfast because it’s the most important meal of the day.
Well, study suggests that breaking the fast as soon as you wake up will instantly stop any secretion of growth hormone you got from sleep. This is why some experts recommend that you should try intermittent fasting or consciously abstaining from food for certain hours throughout the day, preferably prolonging the fast you had while sleeping.
Most of the production of GH occurs when we sleep due to the fact that nothing is consumed for an extended period of time. One study on affects of fasting on the secretion of growth hormone found that fasting for 24 hours increased secretion of GH by up to 2,000% for men and 1,300% for women. This kept going until the fast was eventually broken.
These numbers are unheard of! This makes fasting one of the most effective ways to naturally increase your body’s natural production of growth hormone.
Consume melatonine before going to sleep
0.5 to 5 milligrams of melatonin for going to bed have been shown to enhance both the quality and duration of sleep. Some studies show the consumption of melatonin before sleep can increase secretion of growth hormone by up to 150%
GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is an interesting one. It works as a neurotransmitter in the brain and is known for calming the nervous system as well as aiding sleep.
Studies have shown that ingestion of GABA can significantly increase the creation of growth hormone by up to 400% at rest and 200% following exercise.
GABA also reduces feelings of anxiety depression and stress. It’s best consumed before working out or before going to bed.
GABA is often included as an ingredient in HGH supplements.
These five methods will dramatically increase your natural secretion of growth hormone.
Things to avoid
Now, what are some things you may want to avoid that will negatively affect the production of growth hormone?
Growth hormone and insulin are indirectly related. When insulin levels are high secretion of growth hormone is low. This is why you should stay away from sugar and processed foods – essentially high glycemic foods – since it will have a significant impact on spiking insulin levels.
Excess body fat
Too much fat on your body is directly related to your natural secretion of growth hormone. The good news is that increasing your production of growth hormone will effectively burn more fat, which in turn will promote an increase in your production of GH.
Excess body fat is also directly tied to insulin spikes, which cause you to store carbs from the foods you eat as body fat.
Stress triggers the production of a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol will also prohibit growth hormone and should be avoided. Incidentally, sufficient sleep and intense exercise are proven ways to reduce stress. Talk about win win!
So there you have it. 5 proven ways to increase your production of growth hormone and some of the main things you should avoid that will diminish that production.