Your Anti-Aging Hormone

Besides weight loss, a frequent topic of concern to my clients is aging.

In particular, they want to be as youthful and healthy as possible while avoiding the deconditioning that often happens later in life.

Anti-agingIt’d be so easy if we could only find the Fountain of Youth!

But so far, that fountain’s been elusive, so we have to rely on other means to stay healthy and maintain our youthful vibrance!

It’s important to eat healthy, organic nutrient-dense foods; maintain peaceful, loving relationships; keep our stress levels low; practice nurturing self-care; and so much more.

Today, I also want to share a little about HGH, or Human Growth Hormone, and its role in anti-aging.

I’m not talking about the injectable growth hormone you may have heard athletes use so they’ll get bigger muscles.

I’m talking about the HGH you produce in your very own body.

HGH is produced in the pituitary gland, peaks its production in adolescence, and significantly declines after about age 30. (1)

Aging

Lower HGH makes our bodies more susceptible to oxidative DNA damage and lower hormone production; in other words, AGING!

The key is that HGH plays an important role in protein production (think muscles!), the utilization of fat, and it interferes with the action of insulin, which also influences fat metabolism.

Ideally, you want to increase the amount of HGH your body produces in order to rev up your fat metabolism, keep your body fat levels low, and increase your muscle strength and energy levels.

So how do you increase your levels of HGH, you’re wondering?

Sleep

Levels of HGH rise after exercise, trauma and sleep. (2) I’m certainly not going to recommend trauma, but I DO recommend additional sleep and the right kind of exercise.  

Normally, more HGH is produced at night than during the day, but we’re a society of coffee addicts, work addicts, and internet addicts.

Sleep is often quite low on our list of priorities.

It’s been shown, though, that the less people sleep, the more they tend to weigh. (3)

Weight

So, if you want to boost your body’s most youthful hormone, and keep extra pounds off, sleep more. The benefits are innumerable!

Another natural and effective way to increase your HGH is with exercise…the RIGHT exercise.

ExerciseWhen you participate in high-intensity interval training (HIIT), your pituitary secretes elevated HGH. (4)

A typical HIIT workout incorporates 6-8 high-intensity periods of about 30 seconds each, followed by a short active rest.

Those periods could be done on an elliptical machine, sprinting down the street, running stairs, or doing deep lunges, for example.

You’ll breathe hard, quickly break a sweat, and your muscles will feel fatigued.

When you feel that burn in your muscles, you’ll know you’re producing HGH!

And if you’re really pushing yourself, that 15 minutes will be more than enough of a workout for one day!

Be sure to avoid sugary drinks or high-carbohydrate foods after your HIIT workout. High insulin means low HGH, so choose low-glycemic foods in order to keep your blood sugar (and insulin) levels low and maximize the benefit of the HGH you’ve just produced.

Along with your other anti-aging food and lifestyle choices, I hope you’ll notice the positive benefits an increased HGH level has on your youthfulness!

Much love,
Alicia

 

 

  1. “Growth hormone, athletic performance, and aging.” Harvard Men’s Health Watch. Harvard Health Publications. Web. 1 May, 2010.

  2. Ibid.
  3. Barnes, Zahra. “The Hidden Ways Sleep Deprivation Can Lead To Weight Gain.” Huffpost Healthy Living. Web. 16 Apr, 2015.

  4. Jackson, Joe. “Unlock Your Potential: How to Boost Your HGH Levels.” Men’s Fitness. Web newsletter, no pub date.

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