Some people believe having higher levels of growth hormone (GH) can boost athletic performance, promote muscle growth, or keep them looking or feeling younger as they advance in years. But how do you get more growth hormone?
Growth Hormone Supplements
GH is produced in the body by the pituitary gland located in the brain. Many supplements claiming to boost the body’s natural production of GH by stimulating the pituitary gland are available. However, these kinds of supplements are not regulated and their claims are not verified. So you could be spending money on an ineffective or event dangerous product, depending on what is really in the pills.
Supplements claiming to be actual growth hormone that are taken as pills have been shown to be ineffective because the process of digestion destroys the functional components of the pills. Synthetic GH does exist, but it is available only by prescription and legally can be prescribed only to patients who have a growth hormone deficiency, which means their bodies are not producing a normal amount of GH for their age.
Boost GH Production Naturally
Some studies have shown that it is possible to boost your body’s natural production of growth hormone:
• Sleep - The majority of the growth hormone your body produces is released into the blood during the first few hours of sleep at night. So a key component to increasing GH production is getting a good night’s sleep every night, which includes going to bed at the same time every night.
• Diet - Some studies have shown that high blood sugar, which can be caused by eating sugary foods or carbohydrates, actually reduces the amount of GH produced by the pituitary gland. So limiting the amount of carbs you eat, especially before bed, can help your body boost GH production.
• Hydration – Make sure you are drinking enough water, especially if you are exercising in a warm or dry climate.