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What does it mean to stimulate the pituitary gland, and why is naturally releasing human growth hormone in the body interesting to bodybuilders?
The human growth hormone (HGH) aids in muscle growth and repair, post exercise.
This allows the muscles to rebuild stronger after sustaining damage during a workout.
The pituitary gland sends a signal through the body to stimulate production of this hormone, and when the proper steps are taken, this process can be naturally enhanced.
This can be done through improving one’s habits to promote a healthier lifestyle, which in turn allows for the body to have the resources it needs to send a signal to stimulate growth.
Supplements can be used as well in order to directly intake growth hormone into the body.
The following lifestyle changes can be made in order to naturally stimulate the pituitary gland to produce more human growth hormone
Benefits of Naturally Stimulating the Pituitary Gland to Release Growth Hormones
Higher levels of HGH among adults have been proven to lower blood pressure, as well as decrease the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
This can be attributed to better overall health and an increase in muscle mass and feeling more energized.
Higher HGH levels also allow for faster healing of fractures and other injuries, as these increased hormone levels allow the body to repair itself faster and more often.
This also leads to increased bone strength, as microfractures in the bone are healed more rapidly post exercise, resulting in the bone rebuilding stronger.
A similar process occurs within the muscle tissue after exercise.
Higher levels of HGH have also been linked with an increased rate of fat breakdown.
Stimulating the pituitary gland to release more of this hormone can result in more rapid fat loss.
Consequently, reduced HGH levels can result in hair and memory loss, decreased bone density and muscle mass, obesity, depression, increased risk of cardiovascular disease, dry skin as well as constant fatigue.
Stimulating the pituitary gland to release HGH naturally poses many health benefits, and allows one to avoid the health risks associated with illegal HGH supplements.
Some of these side effects may be akin to those seen in individuals with low HGH production levels, as excessive and unregulated use of these supplements often results in the body halting its HGH production.
Besides resulting in a spike in HGH production, a healthy diet also ensures that the body has all of the resources it needs in order to rebuild muscle, as well as the energy to continue working out.
Protein rich foods are ideal. These include:
Lean meats (i.e. Beef, Chicken and Seafood)
Not only do these foods provide resources for muscle reconstruction, but they also stimulate the production of HGH through their high amino acid concentration.
Other foods that stimulate HGH production are fruits such as berries, apples, carrots, pears, pineapple and watermelon.
These foods have relatively low glycemic content, and simultaneously provide vitamins that are a necessary part of the muscle repair process.
Reducing one’s sugar intake also has a positive effect on stimulating HGH production, as excess sugar tends to slow the body’s production of HGH.
Getting some well needed rest should be a staple for any healthy individual, especially for those who are active or strive to increase muscle mass.
Catching some well deserved Zs after a workout is a must.
Adults need about 7-9 hours of sleep every night, and in order to maintain a healthy sleeping pattern, should go to bed and wake up at around the same time every day.
A study on the pituitary gland’s natural human growth hormone production was done on patients who would have a regular sleep cycle, and those who would sleep at irregular hours for inconsistent amounts of time.
The study concluded that HGH production was naturally stimulated at the same time, but at peak HGH production times, the hormone concentration levels were much lower for those with an irregular sleep schedules.
In addition, HGH levels dropped off much more rapidly in the early phases of sleep for those who had erratic sleeping patterns.
When someone reaches the age of 30, the level of natural HGH production begins to decline.
In order to maintain a stable level of pituitary gland activity in order to keep stimulating this hormone, natural supplements may be considered in order to continue repairing muscle at the same rate.
Injecting illegal HGH stimulants is strongly discouraged, as these compounds are found to reduce appetite, and studies have shown that the process of building stronger muscle is hindered due to the lack of necessary muscle building nutrients.
Increase Exercise Intensity
In order to build stronger muscle, and to increase muscle mass, one must first exercise in order to create microtears in the muscle.
The body then rebuilds the damaged muscle fibres, while simultaneously increasing their size and strength in order to withstand future damage.
Adding intensity to your workout allows you to create more microtears and increase the damage done to the muscle.
As a result, the body begins to compensate by increasing the amount of growth hormone produced in order to heal the more extensive muscle damage.
This can be done by reducing rest times between sets, and performing exercises that cause the most damage to your muscles, such as sprinting repetitive motions, or circuit training.
When the muscles sustain more damage, the release of higher levels of human growth hormone are a natural consequence.
Routine is key when attempting to build muscle, as the body it prepares the body for hormone release prior to exercise, and causes a spike in hormone release post exercise as well.
Exercising at roughly the same time everyday allows the body to begin releasing hormones prior to exercise in preparation for your workout.
Exercising regularly will lead to a stable increase in natural pituitary gland stimulation, and therefore growth hormone production.
Maintaining a healthy diet, regulating your sleep, and ramping up the intensity of your workout, are all perfectly healthy and natural ways to increase HGH levels.