There is an old saying: “You are what you eat.” That means that if you eat unhealthy foods you will probably be unhealthy yourself. But what about those people that want to eat to live a healthy lifestyle and lessen the adverse effects of aging on their bodies? One way to achieve that goal is to design a diet that will stimulate your body to produce a higher level of human growth hormone, or HGH. In this article, we will discuss what types of diet will best help you look and feel younger naturally by generating more HGH.
Why Is Diet Important?
We all know what makes up an unhealthy diet, and if not, various websites that offer health advice are happy to remind us: junk food and highly-processed food, sugars, refined flours, saturated fats, and alcohol are all bad for our bodies. Part of that effect is that they make us look and feel older, a process that is only reinforced by lower HGH levels. As we age, the amount of HGH that the pituitary gland in our brains secretes drops significantly. This can lead to adverse effects like high cholesterol, weight gain, fatigue, depression, reduction of sexual drive, memory, and concentration, and wrinkled skin and graying hair. Eating unhealthy foods and living a sedentary lifestyle only makes us more susceptible to these effects. However, if we choose to eat healthy foods that help to stimulate the pituitary gland to produce more HGH even as we grow older, we may have fewer of the problems that we tend to associate with aging, and will feel younger and have more energy.
What Is the Human Growth Hormone Diet?
The human growth hormone diet is designed to help your body naturally increase the amount of HGH that it produces, without requiring the outside influence of supplements or synthetic shots. In general terms, a diet that is high in carbohydrates and proteins is the most likely to increase HGH secretion, according to one source. Another breaks that down into a diet that is about thirty percent protein, fifty percent carbohydrates, and only about twenty percent fat. However, the amount of protein that each individual needs to consume might vary, based on their age, exercise habits and similar factors. For example, an active individual of about two hundred pounds will probably need somewhere from 0.5 to 0.8 grams of protein per day per pound of weight, or 100 to 160 grams. Consult a medical professional if you are unsure what amount of protein is the healthiest for you.
What Can I Eat with the Human Growth Hormone Diet?
Natural and organic foods are best, as are foods without high levels of trans and saturated fats. This can include lean proteins, such as turkey, chicken, lean red meat, low-fat dairy products, and seafood. Whole grains are also a good bet to help boost the level of HGH that your body generates. Of course, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and make sure to keep yourself hydrated; one source says that dehydration can actually lower the HGH response of your body. Try to limit the number of fats that you consume, and find sources of unsaturated fats to take in such as fish oil, olive oil, seeds, and nuts.
I’m An Athlete – What Can I Eat?
In general, according to one authority, athletes’ diet should be high in carbohydrates. Right after you exercise, eat foods belonging to a higher glycemic index (in other words, that can be quickly digested and cause significant, if short-term, changes in your blood sugar level, as experts explain), while in general you should eat more of the complex carbs and those in the lower glycemic index (since they take longer to absorb and have a more gradual and healthy impact on your blood sugar). Remember not to eat any fats before you exercise. After exercising, it is recommended that you consume some form of protein: either a protein shake or bar, or from eggs or lean meat.
Can I Get Protein from Sources Besides Meat?
One recommendation is that you substitute animal protein (lean meat, eggs) for soy protein (for example, soy burgers). The reasoning behind this is that, unlike animal proteins, the amino acids in soy proteins can help get rid of any bad cholesterol in your body, and boost the metabolism.
Another good source of healthy protein is a whey protein shake. The HGHmagazine recommends consuming one or two shakes per day, because the protein in the shakes will work with your HGH and help regulate health and bodily function. Check to make sure that your local grocery store carries whey protein shakes and soy protein products.
These foods make up a healthy diet that will work with your body to increase the level of HGH put out by the pituitary gland, and have the potential to leave you feeling younger and more energetic. However, remember that before you change either your dietary or exercise plan, it is a good idea to consult with your doctor to find the routine that will be the healthiest for you. Although literally we are not what we eat, in contrast to the old saying, by choosing a healthy lifestyle and a diet based on increasing your HGH levels you are using the food that you consume in the best manner possible.