Hormones pretty much rule everything in our bodies, as they affect:.
- Hunger cues
- Weight Status
- Recovery from Injury or Illnesses
There are 3 key hormones that affect fat storage — insulin, growth hormone (HGH), and testosterone.
Insulin regulates our blood sugar (glucose) levels and converts food energy into fat. This hormone also breaks down fats and proteins.
During the digestion process, insulin stimulates fat, muscle and liver cells to absorb glucose. Afterwards, the cells use the glucose for energy or convert it into fat for long-term storage.
2) Growth Hormone
The human growth hormone (HGH) is another crucial hormone essential for growth, body composition, cell repair, and metabolism. It is an important hormone produced by our pituitary gland.
It is also responsible for boosting muscle growth, strength and exercise performance while helping you recover from injury and disease.
Reduced levels of HGH can decrease your quality of life, increase your risk of illnesses and disease, and even lead to weight and fat gain.
That is why optimal HGH levels are crucial, especially for weight loss, performance, training, and healing from injury and recovery.
HGH influences body fat, and is one of the hormones that help you stay lean. HGH is needed for building muscle and burning fat, and it decreases in our bodies as we age. It usually begins to decline after age 30 and continues to fall 15% with each decade in adulthood.
Nutrition and lifestyle changes also play a factor in the HGH levels in our bodies. A diet high in sugar, poor and inadequate sleep, high-stress levels, lack of exercise and a poor diet high in processed foods all lower growth hormone.
You do not want growth hormone to dip too low, or you will feel prematurely old. You may feel frail before your time and even notice a loss of brainpower. However, you also do not want to crank your growth hormone up too high as it may increase your cancer risk.
Like every hormone, you want everything to be in balance, and eating the right foods in the right quantities are essential drivers.
Testosterone is a hormone with complex effects on your body — beyond just fertility. It plays a critical role in fat distribution and your ability to build and maintain muscle mass.
As with most hormones in the body, testosterone can cause health issues if the levels rise or fall too high or low. Lower testosterone levels can negatively impact your health in many ways, influencing your weight gain, energy levels, and mental disorders like depression.
Generally, after the age of 30, all of these three hormones begin to decline, resulting in changes in your body.
The Role Of Growth Hormones In Your Body
We know that growth hormone plays an essential role in children's physical development.
Do you know what it can do for adults?
Growth hormone is involved in the growth and repair of tissues, including muscles. Along with testosterone, it is responsible for the ratio of muscle to fat.
Aging is a natural process that we cannot fight. However, premature or unhealthy aging is something you can and want to prevent.
Premature aging, a saggy face, thinning hips, drooping eyelids, wrinkles and unusual belly fat can all be linked to a decrease in your growth hormone levels.
How can you raise human growth hormone? Here are six natural ways to boost this hormone.
6 Lifestyle And Diet Changes To Increase Growth Hormone
1) Consume Healthy Protein
Adequate protein from clean sources is essential. Foods such as grass-fed, grass-finished beef from pasture-fed cows have never been fattened with grains and fish sources such as salmon, mackerel, anchovies, sardines and herring. Other significant protein sources are whey protein shakes, pastured eggs, and chicken.
2) Consume Healthy Fats
From fetal development to old age, it's always a good time to get more Omega 3s.
Omega-3s are a group of essential fats that you must consume through your diet. They support health at a cellular level by keeping cell membranes flexible and are responsible for hormone production.
Omega-3s have been shown to raise growth hormone in animal studies.
You can get your Omega 3s directly from wild seafood.
Salmon, sardines, mackerel, anchovies, herring and shrimp are excellent sources of Omega 3s.
Plant sources of Omega 3s include:
- Chia seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds and pumpkin seeds
- Broccoli, edamame, winter squashes and cabbage
- Avocados and blueberries
- Kale, arugula and spinach
- White beans and kidney beans
3) Intermittent Fasting
Another way to increase your growth hormone levels is to practice intermittent fasting.
Numerous studies have shown that intermittent fasting increases growth hormone.
For example, one study found that a 24 hours fasting period boosted growth hormone at an average of 1,300 percent in women and almost 2,000 percent in men. Research shows a benefit to fasting for both men and women, even if men see a more significant increase in growth hormone.
A reasonable period of intermittent fasting is working up to a 16/8 intermittent fasting protocol, which involves not eating for 16 hours and consuming food only during an 8-hour window.
4) Movement And Exercise
Exercise is an excellent way to raise your HGH levels.
Exercise has been shown to raise growth hormone, and the more strenuous, the greater the overall effect. That is why high-intensity interval training (HIIT) has been shown to increase growth hormone levels.
In the 24 hours following your workout, HIIT increases the production of human growth hormone (HGH) by up to 450 percent. As a result, HGH increases caloric burn and slows down the aging process, allowing you to look and feel younger!
5) Add A Sauna Session To Your Daily Routine
Sauna sessions are comparable to HIIT exercise regarding increasing levels of growth hormone.
Saunas provide an excellent way to support rebuilding the body after workouts. So, if you have access to one, take 30 minutes or so to relax.
6) Get More Zzzzs
Many people worldwide don't get the required amount of sleep - the average person needs 7 hours per night.
Growth hormone is often referred to as the fountain of youth. It is only secreted while you sleep, especially at night. If you are not getting good sleep, between 7 and 9 hours every night, you most likely are not optimally releasing growth hormone.
More reason to hit the sack earlier! It's time to prioritize and optimize your sleep.
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As with all other hormones in our body, having optimal growth hormone levels is vital for our overall health and longevity.
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