Our body goes through big changes in the peri-menopause and our hormones really affect how we feel. Our lifestyle choices can have a positive impact on how we feel through this period. We are going to take a look at one hormone in particular.
hGH ( human growth hormone) is known as the hormone of youthfulness.
The secretion of growth hormone (hGH) by the pituitary gland progressively declines beginning in early adult life, a phenomenon which is termed “the somatopause”
It is produced by the Pituitary Glands, and has a pivotal role in fat metabolism, growth of all tissues, energy level, tissue repair, whole body healing, cell replacement, bone strength, brain function, sexual function, organ health, integrity, enzyme production, integrity of hair, nails, skin and vital organs
So what can we do to improve/ increase our hHG in midlife?
*Sleep better and include more restoration activities
*Drink more water/ stay hydrated⠀
*Eat more protein and less of the high carbohydrate diets
*The ‘right type’ of exercise. Workouts need to raise your body temperature ( to produce a hormone release), get you out of breath ( we need to get into oxygen debt to trigger a hGH release) and you need to feel the ‘burn’. A 2003 study published in the British Journal Sports Medicine found that “exercise intensity above lactate threshold (when you ‘feel the burn’) and for a minimum of 10 minutes appears to elicit the greatest stimulus to the secretion of hGH.” So working out for 20-30 minutes and meeting these markers will give you the best chance of stimulating a hGH response.
Do you think you can get in 20-30 minute workouts 3-5 times a week?