Growth hormone (HGH) plays a fundamental role not only in the period of development and growth of the body, but also throughout life, affecting a number of important physiological processes. It is produced by the pituitary gland in an amount of about 0.5 mg per day, discharged into the bloodstream in a circadian rhythm, with the highest frequency and amplitude occurring at night. Its number decreases with age.
Growth hormone is responsible for metabolic processes, the synthesis of protein, carbohydrates, fats, has an outflow into the circulatory system, bone tissue, muscles, immune system, aging rate. However, that is not all! It affects the psyche and emotions. Its deficiency contributes to the lack of inner peace and balance, lack of self-confidence, difficulties in dealing with the environment, self-awareness, lack of entrepreneurship, resourcefulness in life.
Growth hormone in children is known to stimulate growth and development of the body, whereas in adults it slows down the aging process, it can even rejuvenate. It is responsible for the elasticity of the skin, the flexibility of the internal organs, tissues and muscles, a strong body, a straight back, a beautiful line of thighs, a pretty muscled belly, strength and energy, and a good memory. It reduces fat and increases muscle.
Without the right level of growth hormone, no diet will bring satisfactory results. Growth hormone affects the metabolism, including carbohydrate metabolism, stimulates and accelerates glycogenolysis. It increases the secretion of glucose produced by the liver, and stimulates the pancreas to increase insulin secretion. It also increases lipolysis or fat distribution in adipose tissue.
Too low level of growth hormone affects the growth of fat tissue, especially in the abdomen, cellulite, excess weight and propensity to edema. Its deficiency causes early aging, fine wrinkles appear, the skin becomes thin and not very elastic. Other symptoms of deficiency of this hormone are lowered eyelids and cheeks, looseness, fat “buns” around the knees, inflexible palms, folds of the skin on the back. Men are additionally characterized by a lack of muscles and enlarged mammary glands.
A low level of HGH contributes to a feeling of constant fatigue, including morning fatigue even after a long rest at night, fibromyalgia, anxiety and depression. According to research, people with chronic depression and chronic fatigue, regardless of age, tend to have a deficiency of this hormone. Low levels of growth hormone also increase the risk of osteoporosis, cardiac, rheumatic and metabolic problems. This means rapid aging and shortening of life expectancy.
According to studies, the increase in HGH is largely dependent on diet, daily moderate physical activity and sun (vitamin D). Daily food should contain the appropriate number of calories depending on the needs, including a lot of protein, foods that stimulate the secretion of serotonin and melatonin. The appropriate type is a paleo diet rich in vegetables, fruits, meat, fish and eggs. Foods that specifically raise HGH levels include pineapple, coconut oil, beef, green beans, raspberries, oatmeal.