Sunday, November 9, 2008
hGH - Human Growth Hormone
We all want to look and feel our best all the time. It seems we are constantly trying to find the "magic" supplement or food that will delay the aging process within ourselves. Of course, on top of clean eating, we should be exercising, supplementing and getting plenty of good sleep to stay looking and feeling as young and healthy as possible.
When we are young, our bodies produce large amounts of what we call Human Growth Hormone or hGH. As we age, we produce less and less of this "wonder" hormone. hGH is needed to build muscle strength and size, aids in muscle recovery, repairs/rebuilds cells, is key to weight loss, helps with immunity and is needed to look and feel young. If there is a "magic" anti-aging supplement, hGH would be it!
As we get older, there are a few things we can do to keep our hGH at it's peak.
1. Get plenty of good quality sleep - our bodies produce most hGH when in a deep sleep
2. Eat Clean - Lean protein is needed to sustain/produce good hGH levels
2. Exercise - Exercise stimulates the production of hGH
Inhibitors of hGH that you will want to avoid are hyperglycemia, estrogen and interrupted sleep. Stay away from refined sugars/foods that promote hyperglycemia. Avoid hormone replacement if possible and avoid consuming too much soy as it increases estrogen production. If you have issues with getting quality sleep, depending on the problem, there are many herbal formulas that can assist in helping you get a good nights rest.
hGH supplementation is very costly so I recommend promoting the natural production within the body by taking the best possible care of yourself.