The fountain of youth has been sought after since the beginning of time. People have searched for potions to prolong life, and restore youthful energy and beauty. Human Growth Hormone is the key to feeling decades younger and now you can get the benefits naturally.
What is the Human Growth Hormone?
The Human Growth Hormone (Somatotrophin) is poly-peptide hormone (made up of 191 amino acid) secreted by the the anterior part of the Pituitary Gland, the master gland of the body. It is naturally manufactured, stored, and released by the Somatotrophs (cells located in the anterior lobe of the Pituitary Gland). As the name implies, it promotes linear growth in children and adolescents. After the body stops growing taller, levels of HGH decline and often become very low in adult life. Human Growth Hormone helps all hormones to work better due to the process of up-regulating cell receptors in the body. For instance, HGH increases the number of cell receptors on the cells for estrogen, pregnenolone, progesterone, testosterone, and ever other hormone. Once secreted, HGH remains active in the bloodstream for a few minutes, allowing just enough time for the liver to convert it into growth factors, the most crucial being insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1), which has growth-promoting properties on every cell in the body. Growth hormone is released in bursts every three to five hours by the pituitary gland. The hypothalamus in the brain regulates the secretion of hormones from the pituitary gland. In order for the pituitary gland to release more growth hormone, the hypothalamus must release growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH). The GHRH in turn signals the pituitary gland to release growth hormone. (https://thebiostation.com/human-growth-hormone/)
What is the importance of Human Growth Hormone?
– increases muscle mass and strength: your ability to build lean muscle is fueled by HGH;
– boosts energy and vitality;
– helps in maintaining a youthful appearance;
– enhances sexual desire: increased HGH leads to increased testosterone production, which can improve sexual wellness;
– regulates mineral and bone metabolism and density: the IGF-1/growth hormone duo stimulates bone-forming and bone-resorbing cells, leading to increased bone mass.
– enhances the healing of injuries and wounds significantly: HGH is necessary for the repair of damaged cells and replacement of dead ones.
– accelerates lipolysis and the breakdown of lipids;
– improves cognitive function and elevates mood in adults;
– reverses the shrinking of major organs.
In humans, after the age of 20-30 HGH levels decline 14-15% every 10 years; by the age of 60 HGH is usually less than half what it was at 25. At 20 our pituitary produces about 500mg a day, at 40 only 200 mg/day, and at 60 it’s down to 25mg/day. IGF-1 (insulin like growth factor) mirrors that same decline. While HGH is released in tiny spurts (more at night) it is only viable in the blood for a few minutes. However, when properly stimulated, the pituitary gland has the ability to release as much HGH as it did during it’s 20’s; it’s ability to produce hormone does not decline. It stimulates IGF-1 to be released by the liver and has a much longer half-life. (
Human Growth Hormones are at their highest during the period of our young lives in which our bodies are developing at their quickest puberty. Although Estrogen and Testosterone are responsible for sexual differentiation, it is Human Growth Hormone which turns us into robust and healthy adults. As we enter our thirties and HGH levels begin to decline, every decade humans average a loss of around fourteen percent of total Human Growth Hormone secretion every ten years.
By the age of forty, however, these levels drop precipitously, and we release only around 200mcg of HGH. At this level, some men and women will exhibit few symptoms of HGH Deficiency, and those who maintain a properly active and healthy lifestyle may be producing a significantly higher amount of Human Growth Hormone, but many individuals will start to display many signs of physiological breakdown, including wrinkles, loss of skin and muscle tone, fatigue, and signs of sexual dysfunction.
What decreases human growth hormone?
Refined carbs and sugar intake: when sugar is ingested, it is quickly absorbed in the stomach, which causes the blood glucose level to rise. The body’s reaction to rising glucose level is to release Insulin, but also to release Somatostatin. Somatostatin is the natural antagonist of HGH and blocks further release of HGH.
Sleep deprivation: has a big impact on your sleep cycles, and consequently impacts how much, if any, of your HGH gets released during your initial cycles of stage 3 sleep. Lack of sleep is physically stressful on your body, which can cause your levels of stress hormones like cortisol to remain elevated deep into the evening hours, when they would normally decline.
Stress hormones: when the adrenal glands begin pumping out these stress hormones it causes an abnormality in the adrenal output rhythm. Throughout the day our adrenal glands release hormones cyclically, sending out the highest levels of cortisol in the morning and the lowest levels in the evening. As our cortisol levels increase, our HGH levels decrease. But, when the normal rhythm of output is disturbed it creates imbalance in the body functions which can, over time, lead to serious health problems.
Growth Hormone Deficiency Symptoms in Adults:
– anxiety and/or depression : people have been known to have uncontrolled anger outbursts due to hormone imbalances. This can tend to be a very serious condition. If you are feeling down or filled with anxiety and tension and cannot figure out why, perhaps a hormone depletion is to blame.
– baldness (in men): thinning hair or hair that does not grow in thick can also be two other signs that your growth hormones are low.
Why do men tend to lose their hair (more than women do) as they age? One reason is because their growth hormones are lacking in the correct amounts for hair to grow in healthy and strong.
– decrease in sexual function and interest: low growth hormone levels will almost always have the side effects of decreased sexual desire and a low sexual libido. In addition, men can suffer with erectile dysfunction and women can have problems with vaginal dryness. Hot flashes, night sweats and difficulty with having orgasms or sexual fantasies seem to be common signs of low GH levels as well.
– decreased muscle mass and strength: as growth hormone depletes, muscle mass tends to wane away and a person may find that he or she is just not as strong as they were years earlier. In addition, exercise capacity, stamina and endurance decrease, making it more difficult to gain the lost muscle mass back through exercise.
– difficult to concentration and lack of memory: many people may notice that their ability to concentrate and focus decreases as they get older and their GH depletes. They may no longer have a sharp memory (short and long term) as they used to have.
– fatigue and/or tiredness, lability (changes in mood): both the mind and the body tend to tire quickly even when not under tremendous stress or physical activity. Sleepiness tends to be very common and difficulty getting up and out of bed in the morning can occur.
– lower tolerance to exercise
– reduced bone density, making you more susceptible to developing osteoporosis: this makes bones more brittle and susceptible to fracturing or breaking easily. Studies have shown that those with low GH levels are more apt to develop the bone disease of osteoporosis.
– sensitivity to heat and cold: hot flashes and night sweats are common. Needing a sweater or light jacket in air conditioning is more common when GH depletes. The body often cannot adjust as well to temperature changes or extremes.
– very low energy levels: low energy and lethargy are very common first symptoms of having a growth hormone deficiency. Sometimes lethargy becomes so bad, that a person does not want to get out of bed in the morning.
– weight gain, especially around the waist (central adiposity) .
Ways and modalities to naturally raise Human Growth Hormone:
Eat protein post-workout: timing of your meals and snacks is particularly important. Get a GH boost by consuming a protein-rich snack within 30 minutes after a work out. You can drink a whey shake or vegan protein shake. This protein will give your body the fuel to maximum muscle breakdown and regeneration, prompting GH increases.
Avoid eating before going to sleep: it’s recommended to avoid eating 2-3 hours before going to sleep as the body produces a lot of HGH at night. Increasing your insulin levels by eating lots of high-protein and high-carb foods can result in lowering your growth hormone levels (When insulin levels are low = More HGH is produced).
Integrate the following foods into your diet: raspberries ( for melatonin content), raw salmon ( for vitamin D), pineapple ( for serotonin), fava beans (high in L-dopa), yoghurt (high in the amino acid glutamine), Watermelon ( rich in the amino acid L-Citrulline that body transfers into arginine to stimulate HGH secretion in a natural way), Nuts (filled with high L-Arginine for HGH production), Beets ( alkaline foods to balance PH while increasing GH, testosterone and nitric oxide levels).
- Herbs for increasing HGH:
While scientists debate whether direct HGH supplementation has any measurable effects on signs of aging, many herbalists and sports nutritionists promote the use of herbs that stimulate the body’s production of HGH as an alternative approach to combating signs of aging and enhancing body mass, strength and performance.
Mucuna prurien (valvet bean): certain neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine produced by the hypothalamus gland, also in the brain, promote the pituitary’s production and release of HGH. It acts in the body as a precursor to dopamine and norepinephrine and promotes their increased production.
Epimedium (horny goat weed): so-called yang strengthening Chinese herb it increases levels of dopamine, norepinephrine and other pituitary-stimulating neurotransmitters.
Fenugreek: is particularly abundant in steroidal compounds, such as glycosides and saponins, which may be capable of stimulating the pituitary gland to secret growth hormone alongside other hormones such as luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). In particular, Diosgenin, a widely present saponin in fenugreek seeds, is a known precursor for the production of several sex hormones and is claimed to improve muscle growth and overall weight.
Thistle Milk : the liver is the “laboratory” of the body, and you need it to function properly in order to convert HGH into IGF-1. Growth hormone is useless to the body unless it is converted into IGF-1 (and this is just one of the thousands of things your liver does). Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) has been used for well over 2000 years as a liver tonic and rejuvenator. The extract from milk thistle seeds, called silymarin is the main component in milk thistle’s effectiveness as a liver herb. Silymarin itself is composed of silibinin, silidianin, and silicristin, but silibinin is the most active component of the trio.
- Best Supplements to boost HGH:
L-glutamine: is known for enhancing exercise performance, maintaining acid-base balance and increasing the storage of glycogen in muscle.
L-arginine: works by inhibiting secretion of Somatostatin (natural inhibitor of HGH), which in turn leads to higher levels of human growth hormone. Increase in HGH is associated with benefits like growth of lean muscle mass, enhanced strength and energy.
L-Lysine: stimulates the pituitary gland to produce higher levels of HGH. The results are increased athletic performance, elevated mood, faster recovery, fewer injuries, and increased muscle cell repair, growth, and production.
Colostrum: prompts the secretion of IGF-I, which has been shown to improve the process of regeneration and healing in injured muscles by reducing the rate of catabolism – which refers to protein breakdown – that typically takes places following intense workouts. In addition, colostrum increases levels of protein synthesis, which creates an increase in lean muscle mass while at the same time avoiding any increase in fat storage. Ultimately, supplementing with colostrum could provide many of the benefits of HGH without the need to conduct daily injections, which can be costly and time consuming.
Whey protein: an important review found that consumption of ~20–25 grams of a rapidly absorbed protein, such as whey protein, may serve to maximally stimulate muscle building after resistance exercise in young healthy individuals; high-quality leucine-rich proteins, such as whey, may be particularly important for the elderly to maximize muscle protein synthesis as well. Further, consuming whey not only immediately following your workout but also for up to 48 hours after resistance exercise may still offer some benefit. A recent study published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise demonstrated that consuming whey protein (20g protein / serving) 30 minutes before resistance training also boosts your body’s metabolism for as much as 24 hours after your workout. In practical terms, consuming 20 grams of whey protein before exercise and another serving afterward will most likely yield the double benefit of increasing both fat burning and muscle build-up at the same time.
- Fasting: the power of fasting lies not in the mere reduction of calories, but the beneficial hormonal changes. One of the main benefits comes from reducing insulin, but there are also increases in nor-adrenalin, cortisol, and growth hormone. Collectively, these are known as the counter-regulatory hormones, since they all serve to increase blood glucose at a time that the body is not getting glucose from food. Here we focus on human growth hormone (HGH).
5. High intensity exercises: HIIT promotes longevity in at least two ways:it activates the enzyme telomerase which in turn keeps telomeres long ; and it boosts HGH and IGF-1 which reduce or reverse age-related degenerative processes. Your production of vital human growth hormone increases by up to 771 percent during a Peak Fitness workout because you are stimulating your fast muscle fibers, which are rarely used during most exercise programs. The higher your levels of growth hormone, the healthier and stronger you will be. Because these exercises are so intense, you only need to do them three times a week, and the entire workout takes just 20 or 30 minutes.
Sprinting: when we commit ourselves to running as hard as we can, we ask everything from our physical body. We are sending our body the signal that we need all the running power we possess and even more to thrive in our environment. At a full sprint our muscle cells are being damaged, our connective tissue is thoroughly stressed and our bones are under pressure. All these stresses come together to send messages to our brain, more specifically the signal of stress is sent to the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus then signals the pituitary to synthesize and secrete human growth hormone which is released into the bloodstream where it stimulates all of our stressed tissues to grow even stronger than before the sprint. Sprinting will grow our brain, no matter our age. Sprint training increases the synthesis of a protein in the body called FNDC5. This protein stimulates the production of Brain Derived Neurotrophic Growth Factor or BDNGF. BDNGF not only protects the health and survival of our existing nerves and synapses, it stimulates the growth of new ones. Anytime we are training at our highest tolerated intensity, our mental toughness is going to continue to improve. A sprinter is going to be able to fight, maybe for their life, or just in everyday life harder than the average person.
Forward jump squats: when they are done intensely, squats help in releasing testosterone and human growth hormone .
Lateral Push- ups: increase production of human growth hormone (HGH) which helps your muscles grow. If you are having a tough time bulking up, push-ups will certainly help you.
- Sleep: getting enough good quality sleep will work wonders for your whole body. When you sleep you go through several cycles, from light sleeping where you will wake relatively easily, through to heavier sleep when you sleep soundly and it’s much harder to wake up. During Stages 3 and 4 of sleep, your so called Slow Wave Sleep cycle, is when you release most HGH. According to the circadian rhythm of growth hormone, it gets released the most around 11PM-2AM, then drops, and then rises again slightly at dawn. Make sure your room is set up to promote sleep by making sure the temperature is not too high or too low, the room is dark (no night lights; especially blue lights!), no TV watching from your bed, and that you are relaxed.
7. Laughter: researchers Stanley Tan and Lee Berk at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif., observed that two hormones, human growth hormone and endorphins, were increased by 27 percent and 87 percent, respectively, when participants anticipated watching a humorous video.
- HGH is a protein naturally produced by the pituitary gland, responsible for stimulating muscle cells, and bone growth throughout the body;
- production peaks during childhood and in the teen years and starts dipping at around age 30 and continues to decline into old age;
- you can boost your HGH production naturally by exercising at high level, reducing sugar intake, having a quality sleep and fasting.
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