Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is produced in the pituitary gland and it plays a significant role in brain function, fat loss, muscle mass gain, body height, skin and hair health, and bone density.
HGH is especially important for a bodybuilder since it’s required by the body in ample amounts to grow. Any discrepancy in the growth hormone can lead to you hitting a plateau and stalling your progress.
Growth hormones are also responsible for your sex drive. The production of the growth hormones in your body is at its peak in your teens and stalls or declines rapidly as you grow older. This is also the reason why many athletes depend on external HGH in the form of injectables to meet their goals.
How To Know If You Need Human Growth Hormone (HGH)
There might be a time when you’re not sure if you need additional growth hormone than what’s already being produced by your body. You might have hit a plateau or might even want to speed up your progress in the gym. HGH can be incredibly effective in both scenarios.
If you answer in an affirmative to any of the statements above, you can use some HGH. You can check your HGH levels by taking a blood test. Healthy adult men have just less than 5 nanograms per milliliter circulating in the blood.
When your body produces HGH, it stays in your blood stream for a few minutes — long enough for the liver to convert it into growth factors, the most crucial of which is insulin-like growth factor 1, or IGF-1.
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Produce Growth Hormone Naturally
If you’re not big with supplements or injectables, your best bet would be to facilitate the production of growth hormone in your body. Here are a few ways you can boost growth hormone in your body naturally:
1. Don’t Eat Heavy Before Bedtime
Your body releases significant amounts of growth hormone naturally while you’re sleeping. Most meals cause a rise in your insulin levels which can interfere with the growth hormone production in your body.
2. High-Intensity Workouts
Working out is one of the most effective ways of increasing your HGH levels naturally. While all the workouts contribute towards an increase in your HGH levels, workouts with the least amount of rest work the best.
3. Cut Down On Your Sugar Intake
Sugar and refined carbs can boost your insulin levels, reducing your growth hormone levels in the process. Cutting down on your sugar and refined carbs can help optimize your HGH production. Don’t worry if you love your desserts. An occasional sweet treat won’t hurt your HGH levels.
4. Get Quality Sleep
Sleep is where all the magic happens. No matter how hard you workout, you won’t see the results until you’re getting ample rest. Your body releases the maximum amount of HGH while you’re sleeping. Sleeping well is the best way of optimizing your GH levels for the long-term.
5. Lose Body Fat
Your body fat percentage and human growth levels are inversely related. The more body fat you have, the less growth hormone your body will produce. Belly fat is also the most dangerous type of stored fat and is linked to many diseases.
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Supplements are also a great way of bumping up your human growth hormone levels. These can come in handy for the people who are not big at eating or if their schedule is too busy to allow them some quality sleep.
1. Natural Supplement
2. Other Sources
- GABA Supplement: GABA supplements help in blocking impulses between nerve cells in the brain. They have also been shown to boost HGH levels.
- Capsules/Tablets: With the advancement in this space, we have seen an introduction of a few HGH supplements on the market. It is recommended to avoid the oral HGH supplements as the risk of side effects on taking them is higher as compared to injectables.
- Injectables: HGH injectables were brought into the mainstream by bodybuilders trying to test the human limit. Growth hormone helps these bodybuilders in gaining significant muscle mass in a short period of time.
Although growth hormone can speed up the process of reaching your goals, don’t depend on them completely. Excess or unsupervised use of growth hormone can lead to irreversible conditions. Consult your physician before taking the plunge.
1. Bloated Bellies
Ever seen bodybuilders on stage with big bellies? HGH is the reason behind it. Growth hormone is responsible for an increase in their waist size. This infamous belly has earned them the name ‘Pregnant bodybuilders’.
2. Hair Loss
Growth hormone can also lead to hair loss in men. This is also the reason most bodybuilders competing on stage are bald. Continuous exposure to HGH can lead to irreversible baldness.
3. Growth Of Organs
HGH doesn’t just have an effect on muscle mass, it results in a gain in size of all the muscles in your body. Your heart, kidneys, liver, etc. are all made up of muscle tissues. An increase in the size of these muscles can lead to a bodily dysfunction.