How To Optimize Human Growth Hormone (HGH) Levels Without Expensive Pharmaceutical HGH

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There are ways to increase your HGH levels other than expensive pharmaceutical HGH.  And no, we’re not talking about buying a cheap knock-off product from the back door of your gym, risky HGH from China or other sources, or ordering the newest pills or under-the-tongue sprays from late night TV.

What Is HGH and What Does It Do?

Human Growth Hormone (HGH), aka somatropin, is a hormone that is secreted by a small gland at the base of the brain called the pituitary.  It works on several different body tissues to promote healthy metabolism.  HGH is an essential hormone in childhood to ensure proper growth and development; without HGH, you’d be a dwarf. HGH levels start to decline gradually from about age 21 onward.  It is widely believed that many of the changes associated with aging are due largely to this decline in HGH.

Much of the work of HGH is done by a related hormone called Insulin Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1).  After HGH is secreted by the pituitary gland, it travels to the liver (and some other tissues) and is converted to IGF-1.  The easiest way to assess HGH’s level in your body is by measuring the IGF-1 level in your blood.

What Are the Symptoms of HGH Deficiency?

  • Increased body fat, especially around the waist
  • Anxiety and depression
  • High LDL “bad” cholesterol & high triglycerides
  • Decreased sexual function and interest
  • Fatigue
  • Feelings of being isolated from other people
  • Greater sensitivity to heat and cold
  • Less muscle (lean body mass)
  • Less strength, stamina and ability to exercise without taking a rest
  • Reduced bone density

HGH and Body Fat: A Vicious Cycle

Part of the reason so many adults are HGH deficient is because of their percentage body fat.  Body fat inhibits HGH secretion from the pituitary gland, so the higher percentage body fat you have, the less your body secretes HGH.  Making matters worse, since HGH helps maintain and improve strength and energy, it becomes even more difficult to lose weight as your body fat increases.

HGH also helps regulate the secretion of insulin, the fat storing hormone.  As you are aging, HGH levels typically decline and insulin levels typically rise if you are eating a diet high in carbohydrates and refined foods.  So you begin to store more fat without any change in diet or physical activity.  This is part of the reason you could basically eat whatever you wanted as a young person without gaining weight – you probably had high HGH and low insulin, an ideal mix for keeping fat off.

Benefits of HGH

People who take HGH for Age Management swear by it.  Here’s a list of the benefits of modulating HGH/IGF-1:

  • Improved general energy levels
  • Decreased total body fat
  • Increased lean body mass
  • Enhanced skin thickness and elasticity
  • Improved healing time and reduced infection rates after surgery
  • Increased bone mineral density
  • Improved cholesterol profile
  • Improved exercise capacity
  • Decreased recovery time between workouts
  • Improved mood, coping skills, and overall well-being

So Why Aren’t We All Taking It?

The biggest barrier to HGH supplementation is cost.  HGH is very expensive and therefore typically available only to people who can afford it.  Also, most doctors don’t know how to evaluate patients accurately for HGH deficiency.  It is important you be evaluated by a physician experienced in Age Management and optimizing HGH levels.

These are lots of products on the market that claim to raise HGH levels: pills, creams, sprays and powders.  These were designed to take advantage of the fact that most people can’t afford pharmaceutical-grade injectable HGH.  But buyer beware!  The above list of benefits of HGH were observed using pharmaceutical, injectable HGH.  None of these benefits have been objectively measure with the use of pills, creams, sprays or powders.

How We Help Our Clients Raise HGH Levels and Minimize Cost

In my clinic in Los Angeles, The Body Well, we evaluate our clients for Growth Hormone Deficiency and measure blood levels.  For most of my patients, we begin raising their HGH production by optimizing their other hormones, and teaching them how to eat, exercise and change their lifestyles in ways that optimize their own bodies’ HGH production. There are specific ways of eating, exercising, and living that optimize HGH secretion from the pituitary. These include:

  • Low carbohydrate eating
  • Minimally processed foods
  • Good quality saturated fats
  • Good quality protein sources
  • High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) based upon precisely measured aerobic and anaerobic thresholds
  • An intelligently designed weight lifting program
  • Parasympathetic-enhancing activities to ensure adequate rest
  • A sleep program for enhanced hormonal production
  • Avoiding foods and supplements that interfere with HGH production
  • Optimizing other hormones

After about 6-12 weeks, we re-measure HGH/IGF-1 levels and almost always see rises in their HGH/IGF-1 levels.  These are usually significant enough that our clients can avoid having to pay for pharmaceutical HGH, or at the very least minimize their dosing to a level that is much more affordable.

For more information, or to book an evaluation, please email me at or call (323) 874-9355.  We have customized Age Management Programs for clients who live all over the world, requiring only one visit annually to our clinic.

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One Comment on ““How To Optimize Human Growth Hormone (HGH) Levels Without Expensive Pharmaceutical HGH”

  1. BonnieR6

    I have all the symptoms you describe of high deficiency with a pituitary tumour that has now grown to 1.2 cm, plus massive bone growth as described in my profile. However, I believe my growth hormone is too high, even though it reads as normal. I would like to know how to REDUCE my growth hormone levels despite this, to stop the growth of the feet, hands, nose, nose bridge, and tooth spacing. I also am totally heat intolerant and have a bad spine and have developed left ventricular hypertrophy and many more conditions. I try to NOT exercise, because I read that this will raise the hormone, although I need to exercise. I am searching very hard to find other ways to reduce the growth hormone.

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