Monthly Archives: May 2015

Younger, Leaner & Richer…Through Science?

Can I have your attention, please?  The following information can help you look and feel younger and leaner…while saving you up to $1,500 per month.

Fine, I apologize for stooping to using “info-mercially” tactics to get your attention, but I’m not lying…continue reading if you forgive me:

If the infamous Fountain of Youth was found in your back yard, would you drink from it?  If drinking from this fountain made you healthier, more youthful, leaner and more energetic, wouldn’t you bathe in it several times a day?  Well, according to scientists, they’ve created a synthetic “fountain of youth” through an injectable, man-made form of HGH (human growth hormone).  So, should we all stand in line with our sleeves rolled up awaiting our turn to stop the clock and defy gravity?

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Let’s Back Up:

What is Human Growth Hormone (HGH)?  Our Endocrine System is made up of glands that secrete hormones that help our bodies grow, metabolize food for energy, manage stress, reproduce and various other functions. One of many powerful hormones that we secrete is HGH (Human Growth Hormone).  As you may have deduced from the name, HGH is an essential hormone for growth.  For that reason, we produce much more of it in our younger years, as growth is happening rapidly. Post puberty, we experience a significant drop in producing this hormone, then as we continue to age, the level drops even more (with another significant drop after age 30). 
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Right now, you’re probably thinking “so what?”.  What do you even need HGH for if you aren’t growing anymore?  In adults, those with higher levels of HGH tend to have more lean muscle, less body fat and stronger bones.  There are also studies that link higher levels of HGH to less cellular damage (healthier organs and tissue reproduction-including more youthful looking hair, skin and nails).  Human Growth Hormone does seem to play an essential role in looking and feeling younger.

Does that mean synthetic injections or supplements are right for you?

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Some suffer from an HGH deficiency due to medical conditions related to the pituitary glands.  For those, a doctor may recommend a prescribed treatment.  If you don’t have a medical condition that causes a deficiency, but you’re interested in upping your HGH count for all of the desirable side affects it produces, consider the following:

1) Long term use of synthetic injections and supplements may be unsafe

2) Synthetic supplements have been found to be less effective than the natural occurring hormone.

3) HGH Supplementation can be quite costly (up to $1,500 per month)

4) It is possible that supplementing with synthetic HGH could reduce the body’s ability to produce this hormone on it’s own.

5) Most importantly, many of these injections, pills and serums are unregulated, full of fillers and may contain unlisted, harmful ingredients and very low to no amounts of HGH.

The Good News:

While HGH supplementation can seem dangerous, costly, and at the very least, unreliable, there are many ways that you can increase your body’s ability to produce more of this hormone naturally!  Follow these 3 simple steps to create your very own internal fountain of youth:

1) Exercise!

I know you saw that one coming.  More specifically, having intense bursts of exercise incorporated into your workout.  The style of training we use in our SwanFit workouts is a great example of what I’m talking about.  For a sample, refer to the 8 Minute Meltdown tab on the homepage.  These workouts utilize your fast-twitch muscle fibers and can increase your HGH production by over 700% (yes, seven hundred)!!!

2) Deep Sleep

While we sleep (specifically during REM sleep) we produce more growth hormones that we do at any other time of time.  Therefore, reducing the time and quality of our sleep will cause the most significant drop in the production of this hormone.  If you have trouble sleeping, consider the following methods:

1) Guided meditation:  You can rent CD’s from the library and find videos on YouTube that will help you practice this method.  I suggest practicing it so that you can eliminate the need for using technology to supply the guidance…which leads me to my next tip.

2) Avoid technology for 1 hour before bed.  I’m sure you’ve heard this one, so I won’t elaborate.  Simply find something else to do before bed that doesn’t include the bright lights of a screen.

3) Try supplements.  Melatonin, Valerien Root, GABA, Chamomile, and L-Thianine are a few that you may find useful.  Of course, check with your doctor before starting new supplements, especially to make sure that they don’t interfere with prescription medication you may be taking.

4) Exercise 🙂 There is that word again.  Exercising during the day can greatly increase your ability to rest and sleep at night.  It also help you manage stress (another factor that may be keeping you up at night).

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3) Feed Your Hormones (just don’t feed your hormones hormones…make sense?)

Putting the correct foods in your body can greatly increase your ability to produce more HGH.  Specifically, increase quality protein intake and reduce sugar intake.

Increase high quality proteins.  

Proteins contain essential amino acids that help increase HGH.  While they all play an important role, L-Leucine and L-Ornithine, L-Arganine and L-Glutamine are noted for making the biggest difference.  In fact, regularly consuming these amino acids (especially before bed) has shown or increase HGH production between 300-700%.  Consider salmon, grass fed beef and eggs excellent options (of course, there are many others).  Vegan options include edamame, nutritional yeast, quinoa, fava beans, and nuts (among others).  When choosing animal based protein be cautious of how the animals were fed and cared for.  If they were injected with growth hormones, antibiotics, and fed poor quality, genetically modified feed, the quality of their meet and fat is reduced.  You are better off opting for organic, vegetarian sources of protein if you don’t have access to responsibly raised animal protein.

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Avoid Sugar and other foods that cause your insulin levels to spike, creating a reduction in both testosterone and HGH.  While eliminating refined, processed sugar is a good idea for many reasons, there are many health benefits to keeping fruits (a natural and nutritional source of sugar) on your meal plan.  Some fruits are even noted for their ability to increase HGH.  Particularly pineapple, watermelon and raspberries (among others).

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Other useful links on this topic:

http://www.thebodywellusa.com/blog/dr-mike-carraghers-top-10-ways-to-increase-your-human-growth-hormone-hgh-levels-naturally/

http://www.sleepdex.org/athletic.htm

http://anabolicmen.com/increase-growth-hormone-levels-naturally/

http://anabolicmen.com/foods-that-increase-human-growth-hormone-naturally/

http://www.webmd.com/diet/the-truth-about-hgh-for-weight-loss

http://espn.go.com/espn/commentary/story/_/id/7765998/for-athletes-sleep-new-magic-pill

http://www.endocrineweb.com/endocrinology/about-endocrine-system

http://www.webmd.com/diet/the-truth-about-hgh-for-weight-loss