How can I increase my human growth hormone (HGH) levels?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Synthetic injectable forms of HGH are available to treat kids with delayed growth, for instance, as well as to slow various aspects of the aging process in adults, including muscle loss. But many people are wary to try this treatment due to cost and unknown health risks. But here’s the good news: You can increase your HGH level naturally with three easy methods:
  • Resistance Exercise: Commit to working any muscle in your body for up to 10 minutes to stimulate the production of HGH. Remember, you need to “feel the burn,” which indicates that your muscles are really working. Try a simple arm curl or a leg raise using weights or handheld resistance bands. Practice resistance training approximately three times a week or every other day.
  • Deep Sleep: The production of HGH starts within the first couple hours after you fall into a deep sleep. How long this takes varies from person to person. Make a habit of getting seven to eight hours of sleep. To obtain this amount, avoid eating 90 minutes before bedtime, and don’t exercise two hours before you turn in. Also, don’t consume caffeine in the afternoon or evening. Lastly, create a cool and quiet bedroom environment and sleep in comfortable clothes.
  • Amino Acids: Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, as well as critical components comprising hormones, muscles, and the immune system. Without an adequate amount of amino acids, your body breaks down, resulting in an energy drain. The best way to get make sure you’re getting an adequate amount of amino acids is to eat quality protein sources, such as eggs, poultry, fish, and meat, plus beans, nuts, and seeds. If you’re not getting the proper amount of protein daily, look into taking a supplement as a way of augmenting your diet.

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