4 ways to boost your natural anti-aging hormone

Do you want to look 10 to 20 years younger? Have the energy of a college kid? Stay disease-free well into old age?

I’m going to take a wild guess and say the answer to all of these questions is yes. After all, you’d have to be crazy not to want these things… am I right? Then let me ask you one more thing…

Have you ever thought about using human growth hormone (HGH) in your quest for greater health and vitality?

I know what you’re probably thinking: “But won’t that turn me into as a musclebound maniac with the temper of an untamed bull?”

That’s a common misconception about HGH. A lot of people think it’s a steroid or something… but it’s not. It’s an anti-aging hormone your body produces naturally.

HGH (also known as somatotropin) is released by your anterior pituitary gland located at the base of your brain. When you’re young, your body produces a lot of HGH and uses it for growth, cell reproduction and cell regeneration. But as you get older, your body’s HGH production tapers off… especially after the age of 30. This is also when the signs of aging begin to set in like….

  • Sagging skin
  • Wrinkles
  • Thinner hair
  • More body fat
  • Weaker bones
  • Less energy
  • Diminished sex drive
  • Chronic disease

All of these aging symptoms are associated with your body’s declining HGH levels… which is why synthetically produced HGH is at the forefront of anti-aging medicine today. In fact, anti-aging specialists say HGH injections can turn back time and restore your body to a younger version of itself.

Dr. Michael Cutler has written about the anti-aging benefits of HGH before (you can read what he had to say about it here and here). According to Dr. Cutler, HGH can:

  • Give you more muscle mass and less fat
  • Lower your risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Strengthen your bones
  • Get rid of wrinkles and age spots
  • Strengthen your immune system
  • Enhance your memory
  • Lower your cholesterol
  • Improve your mental well-being
  • Boost your sex drive

And there are scientific studies to back up a lot of these benefits. Like the 1997 study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism that found that healthy older men who took HGH for four months experienced an improvement in their lean body mass, skin thickness, insulin sensitivity, libido and overall well-being. Or the 2012 study published in the journal JAMA Neurology that found that growth hormone–releasing hormone (a hormone that triggers HGH’s release in the body) had a positive impact on the cognitive abilities and memories of people with mild cognitive impairment.

That’s not to say there aren’t any risks associated with taking synthetic HGH. If you get out-of-hand with your HGH use and take too much, you can experience side effects like:

  • Fluid retention
  • Joint pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Heightened blood sugar
  • Bone and muscle overgrowth

Which explains why, right now, you have to go through a doctor to get HGH injections. And also why it’s not that easy to get a prescription for. The FDA has only approved HGH supplementation for people with a documented HGH deficiency… something most of us don’t have. But you can have your HGH levels tested by your doctor or an anti-aging specialist to see if you’re one of the few who do. If you are deficient, doctor-supervised HGH injections can do wonders for your health.

But even if you can’t get or don’t want a prescription for HGH, you can still benefit from its anti-aging powers by raising your HGH levels naturally. Getting a natural HGH boost is as simple as following these four steps:

  • Exercise more. Exercise causes your body to release more growth hormones. Aerobic exercise and resistance training are especially effective when it comes to raising HGH levels. But you have to exercise for at least 10 minutes to get your body’s hormone production pumping.
  • Get a good night’s sleep. Getting enough sleep is one of the easiest ways to promote youthful, anti-aging hormone levels in your body. In fact, your body’s growth hormone production levels are at their highest when you enter into slow wave sleep.
  • Take a daily multivitamin. A lot of vitamins that promote your body’s production of HGH can be found right in your daily multivitamin… like vitamins A, B5, B12, chromium and zinc.
  • Take an arginine and glutamine supplement. When taken in the right ratio, the amino acids arginine and glutamine significantly boost your body’s HGH levels. If you want, you can read up on the supplement Growth Factor-9, which was found in a clinical study to raise HGH levels by 682 percent.

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Jenny Smiechowski

By Jenny Smiechowski

Jenny Smiechowski is a Chicago-based freelance writer who specializes in health, nutrition and the environment. Her work has appeared in online and print publications like Chicagoland Gardening magazine, Organic Lifestyle Magazine, BetterLife Magazine, TheFix.com, Hybridcars.com and Seedstock.com.