Turning on the “Teenager Hormone”
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There has been a massive amount of research on Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and I will not attempt to cover it all here. But basically researchers have found that when they inject people with HGH they lose weight, gain muscle mass even without exercise, look younger and feel great. HGH has been associated with both weight loss and age reversal. Natural HGH production peaks in the teen years and is why teen boys in particular can lay around, eat pizza and still have bulging biceps and flat bellies.
But HGH production is not limited to teenagers; our bodies retain the ability to produce HGH throughout our lives.
HGH injections are not the solution. Injecting HGH has many bad side effects similar to using anabolic steroids.
So how can we encourage our bodies to produce HGH naturally? A 2009 study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine showed that lactic acid accumulation helps to trigger HGH. Lactic acid is only produced in response to intense anaerobic training. That means pumping iron. Well I do not know about you, but I am not into pumping iron.
So how else? You guessed it. FASTING!
Researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute found that men who had fasted for 24 hours had a 2000% increase in circulating HGH. Women who were tested had a 1300% increase in HGH.
There is no question that fasting promotes natural Human Growth Hormone production. According to Niels Moller of Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark Human growth hormone, or somatotropin, increases when you fast. Under normal circumstances, HGH promotes the synthesis of lean muscle and the storage of glycogen as well as fat. However, when you fast, increased levels of the hormone stimulate the breakdown of fatty tissue, Your body needs the fat to produce energy.
The increase in HGH during fasting helps to preserve your muscle tissue and glycogen stores while using your fat stores instead. This breakdown of fat, which is called lipolysis, releases free fatty acids and glycerol, which are then metabolized to produce energy. According to Madelon Buijs, researcher at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, levels of HGH, which is produced by the pituitary gland, rise noticeably within 13 hours after starting a fast.
I believe that increased HGH may help to explain why fasting seems to cure so many diseases and makes us feel so good. I also believe that it might explain why fasting has often been associated with age reversal.
Now I know I am pretty much alone on this, there is really no good research on HGH and long fasts, but I am counting on a long fast or perhaps a series of long fasts as providing my body with a major overhaul, like getting my engine rebuilt. And this rebuilding of my engine, in conjunction with autophagy (see Autophagy ), may be due in part to the huge increase of Human Growth Hormone in my system while I am continuing these long fasts.