Optimizing Human Growth Hormone (hGH) Levels with Diet & Exercise
The importance of diet and exercise in optimizing growth hormone levels applies to those who elect growth hormone therapies as well as those who don't.
Irregular insulin levels and lack of exercise are known to contribute to accelerated symptoms of aging like heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. The diet and exercise recommedations for boosting hGH help to control the endogenous factors of disease and aging as well enhancing the effectiveness of hGH therapies. It is no coincidence that studies on the effects of exercise produce many of the same results as studies on growth hormone therapy, including increased bone density and muscle mass, reduction of cholesterol, blood pressure, and triglycerides, decreased body fat and life expectancy.
Exercise and dietary control of insulin both work to increase growth hormone secretion. Imagine the accelerated influence of combining proper diet, exercise and GH therapy!
Growth hormone levels increase significantly when insulin levels are low, about four hours after a meal. It is at this point that the fat burning potential of GH tends to be at its daytime peak. But remember, the largest burst of GH is released during the early hours of sleep - hence, our eating habits are crucial to maximizing this nighttime secretion. By avoiding food during the last four hours before bedtime we may enhance circadian growth hormone release, and fat burning potential.
In the case of secretagogues (substances that stimulate the pituitary to secrete growth hormone), the avoidance of food within the 4 hours prior to bedtime is important not only in suppressing insulin, but also in eliminating the competition of dietary proteins with amino acid peptides. For example the amino acid sequences in MHP's Secretagogue-One , one of the best secretagogues currently available on the market, are very targeted and delicate in their design - the introduction of other proteins and amino acids can interfere with receptors for these therapeutic peptides.
Of course, many of us are so busy that we just don't get home in time to eat dinner before six, and other people are accustomed to munching or drinking carbohydrates right up until bedtime. If snacking before bedtime is unavoidable, the morning is the next best time to use secretagogues. Sleeping all night results in desirably low insulin levels because of the inherent fasting that takes place. In theory, the GH therapy at night after four hours of fasting is great, but as a matter of practicality morning doses of secretagogues are potentiated by nighttime fasting and produce excellent results. To maximize the morning dose, food and dietary supplements should be avoided for at least 1-2 hours after using secretagogues, and if possible, cardiovascular or weight resistance exercise should take place during this period of food avoidance. Many people have reported such a profound increase in energy and endurance with secretagogues that they are able to do strenous exercise without carbohydrate loading ahead of time, thus accelerating the fat burning process.
There have been several reports of carbohydrate cravings an hour or more after the ingestion of secretagogues - this is an exciting indicator that the product is working. The effect of raising growth hormone can be likened to the effects of exercise in several ways. As GH levels rise, insulin responds by mobilizing glucose and bringing it to cells, including muscle, as an energy source. Glucose demand from the cells stimulates the breakdown of glycogen and triglycerides (body fat) as secondary and tertiary sources of energy. This is the process that results in fat burning and muscle building during exercise. As every athlete knows, the body craves carbohydrates after a workout and replacing those exhausted carbohydrates and protein is essential to rebuilding muscle tissue that has been damaged by exertion.
Clinically, the best results have been achieved when people eat fruit or other healthy carbohydrates about an hour after taking secretagogues. In this way, they have been able to optimize the interaction of growth hormone and insulin in order to maximize the increase in muscle mass. Insulin escorts carbohydrates (as glucose) and proteins into the cell to be used in fueling muscle and other tissues. The best carbohydrates to use as a replacement are those that will break down to glucose more slowly. You may refer to a glycemic index for specific values of certain foods, but as a rule consume complex carbohydrate combined with fiber and good fats. (For example, whole grains contain more fiber and are always a better choice than refined grains. Avoiding refined flours and simple carbohydrates helps to control insulin thereby optimizing GH secretion as well as response to many other hormones.) In fact, studies of insulin controlling substances and calorie restrictive diets indicated that employing these guidelines will contribute to longevity.
GH therapy mimics the effects of exercise, however, it should not be implied that it negates the necessity of exercise!
In fact, exercise is a potent growth hormone stimulator. It's a two-way street...growth hormone enhances exercise and exercise enhances growth hormone.
Many athletes choose to use natural secretagogues before a workout, no matter what time of day, in order to enhance the bump in GH that comes from exercises like high-intensity running and weight lifting. For those of us who are not athletic, increasing growth hormone levels with secretagogues often leads to the improved strength and energy that it takes to increase the intensity, and subsequent GH release, of the exercises that we're already doing. Growth Hormone Significantly Improves Body Composition.
Remember, depending on a person's initial body composition and exercise habits, losing fat and gaining muscle with GH therapy may not result in weight loss, but it will result in better measurements. When we increase muscle mass, we increase our overall metabolism therby contributing to our ability to burn more body fat and calories. Supporting the growth of muscle tissue with diet and exercise is an integral part of optimizing GH therapy.
Studies show that there are specific exercises that are particularly effective at stimulating GH release. All weight-training exercises are effective promoters of GH release, but those that involve the use of high-resistance and major muscle groups tend to be the most effective. Applying maximum effort to fewer repetitions of squats, leg presses, deadlifts, overhead presses, bench presses, standing curls, and leg curls will optimize your results. In addition, go to Maximum Lift Capacity for one rep of each of these exercises no more than once a week to create an additional boost of GH. If you are not experienced with weight training, please work with your physician to determine your physical condition and work with a qualified personal trainer who can teach you proper technique.
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