Saturday, September 20, 2014

Increase Your Human Growth Hormone...Naturally. Trust Me, You Want This Stuff. Part 5 of Making Your Meat Suit Habitable

It's funny when you're playing something fun, like racquetball, and you're smiling at your opponent, saying the score but on the inside you're feeling aggressive, like you kinda want to slam that racquetball and hurt it. And maybe you are ever so slightly squinting at your opponent. I feel so sneaky when I when I feel that way, playing a semi-leisure game of racquetball. Nothing to do with Human Growth Hormone, but sharing none the less.
This is hot! A fit, lean machine

BENEFITS OF HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE:

  • Decrease fat accumulation (A FAVORITE!!)     
  • Keep your body lean 
  • Strengthen your bones
  • Promote rapid hair and nail growth

Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is also known as the youth hormone, she is our friend. Let it be known, HGH alone DOES NOT make your muscles huge, instead HGH is on a mission to make you lean. Human Growth Hormone is a VERY kind hormone, and believe me, you want this stuff in your body and you also want to work to get it. Please don't try to supplement Human Growth Hormone (steroids), it's cheating, it's lame and it's gross. 

Natural HGH. Go Rich Froning!

Increase Your Human Growth Hormone, Naturally:

1. Get Your Sleep On! Night time is the most common time HGH is produced in the body. It's best to sleep in a cool, dark room for deep sleep benefits. Get Your Best Night of Sleep

2. Monitor your sugar/glycemic intake and keep your insulin levels low, HGH and insulin work against each other. Welcome the low-insulin paleo diet. Need more motivation to avoid sugar? Got you covered here with 9 Reasons to Avoid Sugar Like Your Life Depended on It.

No fruit 2 hours post workout
3.  Just say NO to fructose (fruit sugar) after workouts. For a full 2 hours following a workout, ditch the fructose and sugar. I saw dramatic muscle gains after I stopped eating fruit post workout, not a coincidence AT ALL! This also includes HONEY, do not eat honey after you put in all that hard work. For a great recovery drink, go here. Not convinced yet? Read on my friend...

"Fructose fools your metabolism and essentially tricks your body into gaining weight by turning off your body's appetite-control system. It also rapidly leads to weight gain and abdominal obesity ("beer belly"), decreased HDL, increased LDL, elevated triglycerides, elevated blood sugar, and high blood pressure -- i.e., classic metabolic syndrome. Additionally, consuming fructose, including that from fruit juices, within two hours of a high-intensity workout will decimate your natural human growth hormone (HGH) production - a MAJOR benefit of interval training." (excerpt from Fitness.Mercola.com)

4. Intermittent Fasting - I am a huge advocate of fasting! Fasting causes your body to use your stored body fat as a fuel source. YES! Applause!! You can easily do a fast by consuming an early dinner at 5pm and then the next day eating breakfast at 9am. Done, you just fasted 16 hours and it was painless. Fasting info here. I noticed I have an increase in power and energy when I workout in a fasted state, it's true. A bonus, give yourself about 15 hours of fasting and you might just reach ketosis.

A hairy, happy grass eating cow.
5. Eat your grass fed beef. It will create a chemical which will encourage the pituitary gland to produce more HGH. Benefits of grass fed beef can be read about here.


6. Keep your liver happy. Even if you are producing HGH by the bucketful, if you have a fatty or dirty liver from drinking or toxins, your body won't absorb the HGH. RESPECT your liver and your liver will do you a lot of favors in a lot of areas.


7. Eat Fava Beans. Multiple sources have confirmed this to give you huge increases of HGH though I am personally not a fan. A recipe here for you.

8. Let it Burn! The burning sensation you feel when you are pushing yourself hard in a workout is lactic acid.
When you feel the burn, it means your body is going to produce HGH. It could makes you think, "it burns so good" More info on HGH and exercise here.

9. Avoid eating 3 hours before you go to sleep, good for your HGH and for your gastrointestinal tract (GI).    Happy GI=Happy Me

10. If you're into supplements, I suggest L'Argine and GABA, though I've never tried these myself


Feel a little behind the 8-Ball on the Weight Loss Series? 
Making Your Meat Suit Habitable, catch up: 

Part 1: Starting the Weight Loss Wheels in Motion
Part 2: Proper Care And Feeding of Your Liver
Part 3: Body Fat Map 
Part 4: Exercise on A Mission



References:
http://www.nowloss.com/increase-human-growth-hormone-hgh-naturally.htm
http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2012/04/13/fructose-post-workout-meal-support.aspx