Can Intermittent Fasting Increase Human Growth Hormone?
Intermittent Fasting or IF, may help you live longer and healthier by boosting your production of human growth hormone (HGH).
Many anthropologists, and a growing number of fitness professionals believe that Intermittent Fasting is the way humans should eat to live long and healthy lives. Think of the way our ancient ancestors lived and ate. Often it was a cyclical pattern of “feast or famine.”
Diet and fitness professionals have long known, that same pattern of intermittent fasting is a good way to lose weight quickly and improve overall health. In addition to helping people lose weight, IF has been shown to improve sleep, improve cognition, and lengthen lives.
Now, scientists may know why. Researchers have found that IF also stimulates your body to produce more human growth hormone levels.
Human Growth Hormone and Intermittent Fasting
People who do an IF diet alternate between days of very low caloric intake (fasting days) and days of high caloric intake, (feasting days).
Researchers with the National Institutes of Health found that IF can “improve brain functioning, help maintain lean muscle mass, and improve mood.”
The scientists concluded that fast days put the body in a hyper state of stress and alert (as our tribal ancestors needed too by while hunting) which triggers the release of growth hormone and other brain chemicals that boost cognition.
They believed that this effect of IF could even slow the onset of, or prevent Alzheimer’s. There is a currently a body of research looking into the relationship between Alzheimer’s and growth hormone levels.
Other researchers with the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute found that IF can increase HGH as much as 2000%, and 1300% in women. Those are not typos – that is increases in growth hormone levels by thousands of percent!
Action star Hugh Jackman has said that in addition to extreme weight training, he credits intermittent Fasting for developing his super hero physique for his role as The Wolverine.
Human Growth Hormone Decline
Growth Hormone is an essential hormone. It may be your body’s most important hormone. When you are young, as your body is growing, HGH is necessary for you to grow from child to adult. But, even as you get older, you still need HGH. HGH is necessary for brain function and for building and maintaining lean muscle.
It also plays and essential role in healing and cellular longevity, But, the older you get, the less growth hormone your body produces. Many of the conditions we relate to aging, such as: tiredness, fatigue, mood swings, depression, weight gain – are really all related to diminishing levels of growth hormone.
That is why if Intermittent Fasting does indeed increase the production of HGH, those who follow IF diets no only lose weight, they see such radical improvement in overall health.
Growth hormone therapy can make up for what time and nature take away.
Benefits of Growth Hormone Therapy
Growth Hormone Therapy has been shown to:
- Improve your ability to burn fat
- Help you build lean muscle
- Strengthen your immune responses
- Improve cognition
- Help you recover from fatigue and/or injuries much quicker
- Boost your energy
- Boost testosterone levels
- Correct many common sleep disorders
- Improve your sex life, boost libido, enhance sexual performance
If you are over 40, and experiencing some cognitive issues, along with feeling tired, depressed, and/or having sexual performance issues, there is a good chance your hormones are out of balance.
But, the only way to know for sure is to have your levels properly checked and evaluated by qualified hormone therapy specialists. If your levels of growth hormone, testosterone, and/or other hormones are found to be lower than they should be, you may be a candidate for hormone therapy.
Have you or anyone you know taken HGH, what were the results?