What is it?
Human growth hormone (HGH), as the name suggests, encourages growth in human body. It is produced by a pea-sized structure – the pituitary gland which is located at the base of the brain. It also assists in regulating muscle and bone growth, body fluids and metabolism.
Why we need it?
The growth hormone occurs in high amount during childhood. It can increase the length of long bones.The levels at which the growth hormone is produced depends on age, health and gender. If there is a deficiency of this hormone, people will not grow taller. It affects both males and females regardless of age.
HGH has effects on body composition as well. Deficiency of HGH can cause high body fat and low muscle mass with decreased bone density.
Benefits of increased HGH:
- Less fatigue
- Delayed wrinkles
- Better memory
- Improvement of mood
- Increase in lean muscle mass – ( rise in body mass and reduced fat)
- Increased libido (sexual appetite)
- Resistance to Injury – HGH produces connectivetissue for muscles. It not only helps repair muscles faster after injury but promotes resistance causing the injury in the first place.
- Slow aging
- Lowers blood pressure
- Immune system function increases
Why is there a deficiency?
As a person ages, pituitary gland naturally begins to produce less growth hormone. It normally happens after we reach 25 years. This is the reason people shrivel with age. They lose momentum, wrinkle and contract.
How do we maintain/increase it?
There are three ways of maintaining/increasing your HGH Levels:
- HGH injections
- HGH supplements
It is important to note that natural ways have no side effects but the latter two options do. Hence complete research and doctor consultation is a must before taking any steps.
- Vitamin C
Obesity is associated with reduced growth hormone and Vitamin C is used to reduce it. Hence vitamin C can increase HGH. Foods that naturally have high levels of vitamin C are:
- Red peppers
- Brussels sprouts
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HGH and endorphins both are increased when a person laughs. A person can increase his/her HGH level just by watching a comedy movie. Laughter ‘IS’ the best medicine!
- High-Intensity Exercise
Endurance exercises help increase HGH. The level of intensity of the workout determines the HGH produced. Tougher the duration, load and frequency, higher the HGH.
- Sleep properly
If you are well rested your HGH will be optimal. Sleep is generally a vital indicator of our overall health.Sleep needs vary across ages and are heavily impacted by our chosen lifestyle and health. Average sleep duration for school-aged children is between 9 and 11 hours, for teenagers it’s between 8 to 10 hours and then 7 to 9 hours for young adults. Lastly 7 to 8 hours of sleep is recommended for older adults.
- Avoiding alcohol
Regardless of quantity, alcohol consumption can suppress natural HGH release even when used for occasional party or simply for sleep. When we sleep we build muscle. Therefore, anything that interferes with sleep will interfere with building muscle i.e. HGH.
Also, alcohol causes hormonal imbalance. When you consume alcohol, a substance is produced in your liver. That substance negatively affects your testosterone. Testosterone develops and helps in muscle recovery. Alcohol also disrupts water balance in your body which helps your muscles to contract. So no matter what you do to keep your HGH working, if you consume alcohol in any quantity, it will not give you desired results
The quickest way to put HGH in your system is through injections.HGH injections are only to be taken under serious medical conditions. These injections can be very dangerous and must be obtained from your doctor in consideration with a legal source. They are very expensive and have many side effects.
To name a few:
- Severe muscle pain
- Joint Pain
- Nerve Pain (only in extreme cases)
- Swelling (where injected)
- Growth of breast tissue in Men
Many companies are now producing HGH supplements. You can include these in your daily diet. People buy these supplements for youthful appearance, performance enhancement, energy boosts and muscle growth (all benefits of higher HGH.) These supplements also have side effects like:
- Numbness and tingling of the skin
- Swelling due to fluid in the body’s tissues
- High cholesterol levels
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
To conclude, we need to maintain our human growth hormone preferably by natural ways. Go to your doctor now and get your growth hormone level checked and take the necessary steps to increase it.