I recently got asked from a new client – “Is there something I could do that would make me feel younger and have more energy?”
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If I had a magic pill to do that I would be selling it like crazy!!
I would say we all would love to turn back the clock and feel younger? Correct?!?
“What hormone helps turn back the clock?” any guesses?!?
Yep – correct – Human Growth Hormone
HGH is a hormone made by the pituitary gland (the master gland), which plays a huge role in the normal development of children and adolescents .
Once adulthood is reached we still need HGH because it plays a major role in the new cell growth and repair that is required for optimum health.
HGH typically goes down with age and abnormally low levels may lead to lower muscle and bone mass.
The amount of human growth hormone released by the pituitary gland after the age of 21 to 31 falls by about 14% per decade. This means that HGH in the body is reduced by half at age 60.
Symptoms of Low HGH Include: (you can get tested for growth hormone deficiency)
- a loss of lean muscle and an increase of fat,
- decreased energy levels, decreased stamina,
- decreased socialization,
- abnormal sleep patterns, awaking tired,
- decreased libido, decreased interest in personal relations,
- diminished memory,
- decreased senses,
- an increase in the number of colds and illnesses,
- decreased healing ability,
- wrinkling of the skin,
- gray hair,
- a greater risk of cardiovascular disease,
- decreased bone density,
- and other symptoms.
So what can we do to increase HGH naturally?
Yep, you guessed it – Fasting!!
Fasting is a great natural stimulus to HGH secretion.
Fasting has the potential to unleash the anti-aging properties of HGH without any of the problems of excessive HGH.
The elevated HGH stimulated by fasting should increase muscle mass and make recovery from a workout easier and faster. This would be an important advantage in elite level athletes or anyone for that matter.
One of the major concerns about fasting is the loss of lean mass. In comparing caloric reduction diets to fasting, the fasting was 4 times better at preserving lean mass! 1
As you can see, there are plenty of other reasons to give intermittent fasting a try other than trying to lose body fat %.
The one thing about fasting that I like is it’s flexible, natural and free. Many health benefits without drugs, supplements or cost.
So if you want to give it a try and need assistance on when and what to eat check out my Intermittent Fasting Journal that I created to help you
Have a happy, healthy day!
1 2016 Sep;24(9):1874-83. doi: 10.1002/oby.21581.