What triggers human growth hormone (hGH)?

What triggers human growth hormone (hGH)?

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While a slight loss in HGH production is normal as we age, a sudden drop in production can be an indication of a serious illness. However, it’s also possible to suppress your HGH production by your eating habits, lack of exercise and poor sleep habits. To bring your HGH production back online will take time and focus. You may need to change your sleeping habits, your diet and your exercise routine. As a general rule, the healthier you are and the better you care for your body, the easier it will be to bring your HGH levels back up to a healthy level.

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A blood test is a good choice for those concerned about their HGH levels. If a normal decline is noticed, relating to age, belly fat or inactivity, you now have a set of goals to help you bring your HGH levels back up. A simple first step is to increase the amount and quality of sleep that you get. Take a look at your bedroom. Is there a television in your sleeping space, or another screen that may be keeping you up? Move it. If you need your phone to act as an alarm, set it across the room so you have to get up to shut it off. Don’t leave it close enough you can reach it from bed.

Consider lighting a candle in your sleeping space in the 20 minutes before bed and turning off all electric light sources so your brain can wind down. Next, take a look at your diet. How much processed sugar do you take in each day? If you enjoy a sugary coffee beverage each morning, you may be starting your day by suppressing your HGH production. Find a way to get your caffeine without all the syrup and whipped cream. Another dietary factor in HGH production is your intake of protein. As possible, make sure that each meal includes a hearty base of protein with a side of whole grains.

A salmon filet with brown rice and a green salad can be a great choice for lunch or for dinner. Fish is high in arginine and the brown rice and greens will support your gut health, helping you to take off tummy fat. It’s also a good idea to take a look at when you eat. To start, leave at least 12 hours between periods of caloric intake. If you get up early and need a cup of coffee or tea, avoid adding cream and sugar to stay within that 12 hour window. Drink water instead of alcohol before bed. Ultimately, the goal is to create a 16 hour window when you take in no calories.

Intermittent fasting is not necessarily hard work; if you’re getting to bed earlier and sleeping a bit later, you may be able to move dinner earlier and breakfast later to balance out your schedule. Consider using a tracking journal to help you understand when you actually get hungry. It’s easy to eat by the schedule and not pay attention to our true need for food. Now it’s time to get moving. If you don’t have an exercise plan at this point, simply walking for 10 minutes a day, 3 times a day, may be all you need to start reducing tummy fat. Belly fat has been shown to be a common suppressor of HGH production. In addition, carrying too much belly fat can increase your risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Activity and dietary changes can lower the build-up of belly fat and help you naturally boost your HGH production. Make time for exercise by moving your body first thing in the morning. Set out your workout gear and shoes so it’s the first thing you see. A simple way to meet your new exercise goals is to put your workout gear in the bathroom. Before you shower or do anything else to get into your day,

  • get out and go for a walk or jog
  • ride your bike
  • do yoga
  • lift weights

As you feel stronger, try some intermittent intensity exercise. If you usually walk each morning, try jogging for a block. If you jog in the morning, sprint for a block. Activity and lowered body fat increases your HGH production; inactivity and belly fat suppress it. If you feel a great weakness, a blood test is in order. Ready to get started, Call us today at 205-352-9141.

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