At our clinic, we know that hormone imbalance can be a real drain on your life and feeling of wellness. The chronic fatigue...the weight gain…the thinning hair...premature aging of skin...anxiety/depression...the list of bad side effects that continuously permeate your life goes on and on. Things only get worse as you age, especially since human growth hormone and testosterone both tend to decrease significantly as one ages. Thankfully, there are both natural and medical ways to increase your human growth hormone levels, which will be the focus of this article.
The Basics of Human Growth Hormone
We need hormones in order for our bodies to function properly. They are involved in so many biochemical processes in our bodies, it’s truly amazing to study and understand. Hormones are a part of the endocrine system and are secreted by organs called glands into the bloodstream. These biochemicals then travel around the body to target organs and tissues, acting as chemical messengers, telling the target tissue what it needs to do, such as tell an ovary to produce release an egg or for a boy going through puberty to start growing a beard.
Most people have heard about human growth hormone (HGH), usually in relation to performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) in sports and possibly as an anti-aging strategy used by celebrities such as Suzanne Somers and Sylvester Stallone. Unfortunately, most people are not aware of what HGH is actually naturally responsible for in the human body. It is a necessary hormone for both children and adults. Adults need HGH in order to maintain cellular regeneration of tissues and maintain healthy metabolism, to name the major roles of the protein hormone.
In children, HGH is critical for human development in terms of growth and the production and regeneration of cells. The protein hormone is produced in the pituitary gland and then released into the bloodstream. Growth hormone is also produced in the pancreas, intestinal tract and hypothalamus (which stimulates the pituitary).
HGH is released into the bloodstream in bursts, during trauma, sleep and exercise. More HGH is produced at night, while we sleep, than during the day. When we reach middle age, HGH production significantly starts to decline. If you have healthy HGH levels, however, you will experience increased protein/muscle production, higher blood sugar levels and more efficient fat breakdown and utilization.
Healthy Levels of Human Growth Hormone
It is totally normal for growth hormone levels to fluctuate and change throughout a person’s lifespan, even a healthy person who has no hormone imbalance issues. Levels are different between men and women as well. For men, the typical range of HGH is 0.4 to 10 nanograms/milliter (ng/mL). For women, the range is 1 to 14 ng/mL. In children, the range is 10 to 50 ng/mL.
Increasing HGH with HRT and Diet, Activity and Rest
Now that we have a more solid background on human growth hormone and why our bodies need it all through our lives, lets look into how we can boost levels when they are low. As stated previously, we can use both natural and unnatural methods. The first thing to look at is your diet.
Not only do the foods that you eat impact your production of HGH, but also how and when you eat. In addition, any belly fat that you have is directly linked to how much growth hormone you produce. When someone goes on a growth hormone replacement therapy program, the first place that they see fat loss is in the belly.
Fasting has been shown to have a significant impact on growth hormone production, boosting levels in a way that just a healthy diet cannot do on its own. If you follow a diet that is full of protein, healthy fats and complex carbs, you can possibly naturally boost your HGH levels without medical therapy. For some, changing up your diet can help, in others more intervention may be needed. It is best to try the natural methods first.
Physical Activity and Proper Sleep
Engaging in physical activity and following this up with adequate rest and sleep also plays a key role in adequate production of HGH. Exercise is one of the most proven ways to naturally increase HGH levels, especially high intensity interval training (HIIT). You can also take a beta-alanine supplement before exercising in order to temporarily increase HGH levels and allowing for more weight lifting repetitions.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Another very effective way to increase HGH levels is through hormone replacement therapy (HRT). This is a medical intervention that involves injecting growth hormone for at least 6 months or more. How many injections per day or week a patient will need depends on the severity of HGH deficiency. In order to get started on HRT, you will need a prescription from an endocrinologist or hormone doctor, such as one from our clinic. Side effects are greatly minimized when growth hormone replacement therapy is overseen by a professional.
The Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy
Using hormone replacement therapy to increase your HGH levels has its advantages over natural methods. Number one, you’ll be overseen by a professional who will want your blood levels tested consistently to see where they’re at. They will know what to look for and why you might not be seeing the levels you want right away. Number two, you don’t have to worry about figuring out the right dosage because the doctor does all of that for you. Number three, and perhaps the most important one, is that you know you are getting the real thing. If you were to decide to try and get HGH on the black market, good luck getting the real, pure thing. Way too risky for anyone to try.
The most common and proven benefits of HGH replacement therapy include:
- efficient fat burning
- improved high-intensity exercise performance
- increased muscle mass
- increased bone density
These are the top four benefits of HGH replacement therapy, although there is usually more that patients experience including better sleep, less anxiety, smoother skin and healthier hair. If HRT is something that you are interested in, and you’ve tried improving your diet and exercise regimen, contact our clinic to get started with a comprehensive metabolic/hormone blood panel test. It just takes one appointment at a clinic to get started. Contact us today! Don’t wait any longer to start feeling healthy and like yourself again!
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