Growing with Growth Hormone
Growth hormone is one of the most important hormones in our bodies. Most of us know that it is one of the main signals that tell our bodies to start growing, (obviously considering the name!). Not only does it build our muscles but it also plays a role in determining how tall we grow and making sure that our bones are built strong and to the correct lengths. Growth hormone is produced by an area of our brains called the pituitary gland so it is influenced significantly by the signals in our brain and changes over time as we grow and develop.
Human growth hormone (HGH) also has a number of anabolic effects on the body including increase in muscle and bone mass, decrease fat retention and increase energy levels. This is beneficial to all of us that are aiming for these goals. However, human growth hormone does not work alone rather it actually releases another growth factor that helps to build muscle. This substance is called insulin like growth factor 1 and it assists HGH in creating an anabolic environment in our bodies.
Naturally our growth hormone levels change throughout the day. It is particularly influenced by amount of physical activity we engage in. Growth Hormone is secreted mainly while we sleep so this is one of the main reasons why sleep/rest plays such a crucial role in recovery after a hard training session. However, the amount of growth hormone that we secrete changes depending on our age, diet and exercise levels. Human growth hormone levels are the highest in our childhood and adolescent years compared to adulthood where often sleep deprivation because of other commitment can slow down the release of growth hormone. So make sure you’re getting a good 7hours sleep each day if you want to see growth!
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