Did you ever wonder what hormones really are?
Well, put simply, hormones are tiny chemical messengers that help the body do different tasks. Growth, digestion, reproduction and sexual functions are all triggered by hormones. Hormones are produced by the endocrine glands and then sent all over the body to stimulate certain activities. For example, insulin is a well known hormone that helps our body digest food.
Human Growth Hormone (HGH or rGH) is the most abundant hormone produced by the pituitary gland (pituitary is one of the endocrine glands, which is located in the center of the brain. HGH is made up of 191 amino acids – yikes! HGH is super-important for all of us because it helps in tissue repair, muscle growth, healing, brain function, physical and mental health, bone strength, energy and metabolism. It also plays a significant role in converting body fat into muscle mass, whole body healing, cell replacement, sexual function, enzyme production, ingegrity of hair, nails, skin and vital organs. Without is, we’re screwed!
Basically, anything that goes on in your body is in some way tied to HGH. This is why HGH is often called the “fountain of youth”. Elevated HGH levels are what makes you feel young again. Your body must always produce HGH or you would not be able to function. HGH secretion reaches its peak in the body during adolescence–makes sense, since HGH helps stimulate our body to grow. Once you get past about 20 years old, your body produces less and less HGH each year, falling about 14 % per decade, so that the total 24-hour growth hormone production rate is reduced in half up to 75 % by the age of 60. Yikes!
Obviously, elevated HGH levels can have a very positive impact on just about every aspect of life! So the question is: how can we try to maintain high HGH levels as we age without having to take HGH injections which are extremely expensive and have possible side effects?
Diet, exercise and lifestyle all have an impact on HGH levels.
Certain foods can affect HGH: restrict the intake of simple carbohydrates, decrease alcohol and caffeine consumption
Exercise leads to an increase in HGH. The type of exercise that has the most profound effect on the release of HGH is weight training. As we lift weights, our straining muscles develop microscopic tears. This calls for HGH to repair them, and in addition, actually stimulates the growth of new muscle fibers to increase those with the microscopic damage. While this tissue building and repair is going on, the growth hormone converts the muscles into tiny fat-burning furnaces. HGH also promotes the release of fat from fatty tissues to ensure the new muscles receive a steady supply of fuel. Building muscles is the best and fastest way to re-sculpt your body, lose unwanted and unhealthy weight and increase strength.
Lifestyle has an impact on HGH production: something as simple as getting more sleep can increase your HGH levels because the pituitary gland produces HGH while we are in deep sleep.