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Boost Your Fountain of Youth Hormone in 5 Simple Steps

By Sara Gottfried MD

 “It’s like someone stole my joie de vivre,” she began, releasing a sigh of frustration. “I feel like Sisyphus, constantly pushing that damn rock up the hill. I often find myself either anxiety-ridden or sobbing.

I understand why my husband doesn’t want to have sex with me anymore: look at my sagging body! What happened to me? I used to be so youthful, and now…”

As her voice trailed off, I immediately recognized my 50-year-old client’s symptoms. Sure enough, her tests showed low levels of growth hormone (GH). Rather than opt for replacement therapy, she asked me for ways to naturally boost her GH levels.

Six months later we retested. Her GH levels had nearly doubled with the five strategies I’ll discuss later.

First,let’s discuss why optimal GH levels become so important for fat loss, libido, wellbeing, and so much more as you grow older.

Like A Giant Wrecking Ball Ruining Your Life…

Growth hormone (GH) made you become taller as a child. As an adult, it does lots of other things, including increasing bone mineralization and muscle mass, protein synthesis, cellular growth, and fat breakdown.

GH is an anabolic hormone. It likes to build things and break things down. When everything’s in check, GH works harmoniously with your hormones cortisol and adrenaline to burn fat and build muscle.

Trouble starts when hormones become unruly or your body stops making sufficient GH. Studies show impaired GH levels can increase fat, break down muscle, decrease energy, and generally make your life miserable.

A study in the journal Clinical Endocrinology found that adults with GH deficiency suffer social isolation, emotional instability, and a poor sex life compared with folks with normal GH levels.

Oh, it gets worse. Classic GH-deficiency symptoms include:

*Reduced lean body mass

*Increased abdominal obesity

*Increased insulin resistance, leading to type 2 diabetes

*Decreased muscle mass

*Hypertension (high blood pressure)

*High triglycerides

*Anxiety and depression

*Fibromyalgia

*Decreased bone density

Are you beginning to see how deficiencies can destroy pretty much every area of your life?

 

When Good Hormones Go Bad

Let’s get this out of the way. Your body naturally makes less GH as you age. No debate.

At the same time, let’s stop blaming everything on age. When GH decreases, you grow older. That puts you in the driver’s seat. You have a sacred opportunity to turn your sinking vessel around and keep GH in the happy zone.

One study in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that yes, GH declines as you age. Researchers found something far more interesting: abdominal fat played more of a factor in GH decline than age. Physical activity also determined GH levels.

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