Crash diets, liquid diets, grapefruit diets, cleansings — and yes — even cookie diets are often revered as the holy grails of weight loss. As the saying goes, “As it is within, so it is without” and within your body is a naturally produced compound called Human Growth Hormone (HGH).
Sports enthusiasts may correlate HGH with illegal performance enhancers. However, HGH doesn’t deserve a bum rap. Produced in the pituitary gland, it’s a hormone crucial to cell regeneration and growth, and maintenance of brain and organ tissue.
It can’t give you superpowers but it can increase muscle mass, slow the adult aging process, increase endurance, reduce the risk of diabetes, lower blood pressure and induce weight loss. It can even perk you up in the bedroom.
HOW DO HGH LEVELS AFFECT ME?
When your HGH levels are low, it may diminish your quality of life, elevate your disease risk and pack on fat. Optimal levels of HGH are essential to athletic performance, recuperation from injury and shedding pounds.
The good news is that powerful, effective prescription synthetic HGH injectables are available. The not-so-good news is that they’re rarely covered by insurance and are dizzyingly expensive. Supplements are an affordable alternative, but don’t pack nearly the punch of injections. Artificial HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) is not always an option.
With aging, our pituitary’s ability to effectively release HGH declines. The body’s production of other hormones also diminishes. This deterioration typically begins in the 20s for both males and females.
You can learn how to stimulate HGH release naturally and easily. Here are several ways to kickstart this process.
HOW TO STIMULATE HGH RELEASE
- Lose Abdominal Fat — Belly fat is the primary deterrent to HGH production, as well as an open invitation to heart disease and diabetes. Higher fat levels generally impede HGH production. In a study conduced by the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, subjects that had three times the belly fat of lean individuals had half the amount of HGH production. Research indicates that excess body fat affects male HGH levels more than female.
- Fast Sporadically — This method of HGH stimulation restricts eating to brief time spans, which prevents insulin spikes. Another form of sporadic fasting involves eating within an eight-hour period followed by a 16-hour fast. Many people fast by eating 500-600 calories two days each week. The most efficient type of fast requires waiting several hours before eating your first meal of the day.
- Reduce Sugar Consumption — HGH production may decrease when insulin levels rise. Consumption of refined carbs and sugar profoundly affects insulin spikes. Excessive sugar intake strongly factors into weight gain, which, in turn, impacts HGH levels. But if you want to sneak a sweet once in a while, we won’t tell.
- Don’t Fill Up on Food Before Bedtime — Your body generates large amounts of HGH at night. When you eat a meal that’s loaded with carbs or protein before turning in, your insulin may spike. This could block the nighttime release of HGH.
- Do High-Intensity Exercises — SWEAT! You can dramatically elevate your growth hormone levels with high-intensity training. High-intensity workouts crank up metabolism and lactic acid levels. Running out of breath is one of the easiest routes to HGH production. If high-intensity exercise isn’t your style try weight training, sprints and interval training.
- Laugh! — Researchers at California’s Loma Linda University learned that HGH levels increased by 27% when participants looked forward to seeing a funny video.
- Get Quality Sleep — Quite simply, the quality of your sleep directly impacts HGH release. The majority of daily HGH secretion happens at night. A good night’s sleep profoundly boosts optimal HGH release. Prepare yourself for slumber by cozying up with a book. Set your bedroom thermostat at a comfortable temperature. No caffeine before turning in.
One of the main sleep scofflaws are artificial lights called blue lights. These lights convince our brains that it’s daytime, wreaking havoc on our sleep patterns and HGH production. They’re just like the device you’re reading this on.
What stimulates the pituitary to release HGH? It doesn’t have to be pills. It doesn’t have to be powders. It doesn’t have to be shots. It can come from natural production, with you in control.