Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is produced in the pituitary gland and plays a critical role in the development of the human body, especially in the first twenty years. From an anti-aging perspective, it can have significant implications in our bodies as we grow older.
The problem is that once we hit our thirties, the amount of HGH your body produces declines… to the tune of 15 – 20% per decade. With that decline, you begin to lose the benefits of HGH, which include:
- The building and maintenance of muscle and bone tissue;
- The metabolisation of body fat
- The promotion of deep sleeping patterns
- Increased energy
- Improved sexual performance
Can I Increase HGH As I Age?
The logical question is “Can I do anything to increase my body’s production of HGH as I age?” The answer is “Yes”.
There are three main strategies you can use to increase your HGH production.
First, intense anaerobic exercise is the best way of achieving increase HGH production. Activities like High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) can have a profound effect in the increase of HGH production… as high as 530%!
Second, deep sleep is critical to the production of HGH. Even as we age, the most HGH is produced during REM sleep… so establish good sleep habits to encourage HGH production.
Third, your diet will have an impact here. It is especially important to maintain a diet with low glycemic carbohydrates and high fibre.
Debates have raged about the effects of HGH injections as a means of increasing levels in the human body. While it has produced positive results in some tests, there are still too many risks in doing so. No studies have been done as to the long-term effects of this type of therapy. There are risks associated with the correct dosages and the effects of too much. And to boot, cost is a factor as this type of therapy can cost upwards of $10,000 per year.
Think of the advantages of stemming the decline of HGH as your age. In carrying out the activities that encourage your body’s production of HGH, you maintain a stronger skeleton, stay lean, and improve upon your physique to give you the strength and mobility to really enjoy your later years.
Not a bad deal!