Human Growth Hormone
You probably think of Growth Hormone, or GH, as something that is popular with unethical baseball professionals and disgraced Olympians, but could there be more to it? Keep reading to find out how Growth Hormone could be your greatest ally in anti-aging, and how to get more of it.
More fat, less energy, weaker bones, smaller muscles. These are all part of the natural process of human aging. They’re things we see our parents go through as they get older. They’re things we expect (and probably dread) to also, one day, experience ourselves.
What you might not know about aging, though, is that all of those symptoms - frailty, weakness, cognitive decline - are also all signs of Growth Hormone deficiency. As we age the amount of GH and related hormones naturally declines in a process called somatopause (yes, like menopause).
Although this process is fondly referred to as the “middle aged spread,” somatopause affects a lot more than just our waistlines - it also affects the health of our muscles, our brains, our bones, and can have a significant impact on our quality of life.
Somatopause and low levels of Growth Hormone are associated with age-related changes such as:
1) Loss of bone density & osteoporosis - Growth hormone improves calcium retention and stimulates your body's production of osteoblasts, cells that help grow bone tissue. Low levels of GH mean that your body can't effectively build new bone, leading to low bone density and osteoporosis. Treatment with growth hormone injections has been shown to increase bone density and reverse the effects of osteoporosis in humans.
2) Loss of muscle mass - Maintaining muscle mass is one of the most important ways we can ensure mobility and independence as we age, and growth hormone plays an important role in building and strengthening muscle tissue. People with low GH also tend to have low muscle mass, meaning that they can be at a higher risk of falling and may suffer from poor balance
3) Cognitive decline - Growth hormone can affect neurons, the cells in our brain, by stimulating the action of another biological signaling molecule, Insulin-like Growth Factor 1, IGF-1. Low levels of IGF-1 have been correlated with Alzheimer's disease and Dementia as well as deficits in memory and learning. Low levels of IGF-1 are also associated with mood disorders such as anxiety and depression.
TThat being said, please don’t just go injecting yourself with the stuff. Overriding your body’s natural checks and balances on this powerful hormone (feedback loops) could do more harm than good, and you may have heard of unwanted side effects in baseball professionals and Olympians. Furthermore, injecting Growth Hormone can be dangerous in more serious, clinical ways - unnaturally high levels of GH are associated with negative health outcomes. In fact, although the jury is definitely still out on whether or not Growth Hormone injections can be utilized as an anti-aging therapy, some researchers that have experimented with exogenous GH therapy in elderly adults haven’t gotten the greatest results, even suggesting that the benefits of Growth Hormone therapy are produced at a cost to life expectancy and accelerate the biological process of aging.
But, there’s still hope – your body’s own ability to produce natural Growth Hormone! Interestingly, there is an overwhelming amount of evidence in the scientific literature that has linked certain lifestyle habits that naturally stimulate your body's production of Growth Hormone to the prevention or reversal of several negative effects of aging.
Here are 5 lifestyle changes you can make today to help boost your body's natural production of GH and help turn the clock back on those ugly side-effects of aging:
1) Exercise: Research has shown that when it comes to the stimulation of GH production, not all exercise is created equal. Turns out that High Intensity Interval training (HIIT) is the biggest stimulator of GH release. In fact, this study showed that even just 10 minutes of high intensity training is enough to stimulate a Growth Hormone response. Vasper’s unique use of cooling and compression with HIIT allows you to reap the benefits of the Growth Hormone boost from higher intensity workouts in a moderate exertion platform. Check out the boost in Growth Hormones that a group of trained ParaRescuemen of the 131st got when they just added Vasper to their workout regimens. The average age wasn’t young either – all subjects were between 30 and 40 years old and they only had two Vasper sessions a week for six weeks.
2) Fasting: Research shows that fasting can actually increase your body's natural production of Growth Hormone. This is because glucose (sugar) reduces your body's ability to produce GH. If you're not ready for fasting, reducing your sugar intake can go a long way into stimulating your body's production of Growth Hormone.
3) Get cold (and then warm): In ancient Rome, it was tradition in the bath houses to alternate between hot and cold plunges. Turns out, the Romans knew what they were doing! Studies have shown that if you expose your body to alternating warm and cold environments, you trigger your body into producing 281% more GH when compared to just staying at room temperature. Vasper is designed to drop your core blood temperature specifically through active cooling on your seat and foot pedals. Vasper is also the only exercise technology in the world to combine core cooling with active movement to produce the benefits of cooling while gaining functional recovery!
4) Sleep more: Research shows that people who sleep 8 or more hours a day are happier, healthier, and perform better (both cognitively and physically). Our bodies release GH during sleep, but only during deep sleep stages, and low levels of GH are linked to problems with mood, health, and performance. So make sure you get 8 hours of high quality sleep in every night to help your body release as much GH as possible! If you struggle with staying falling or staying asleep (quantity) or with remaining tired even with enough time asleep (quality), Vasper could be a solution for you! Our Warrior Evolved Veteran Wellness study looked at sleep quality and energy levels in veterans – over 71% reported improvements!
Congratulations! You made it to the end of the post! We hope you enjoyed the read! Now, put down your phone, or walk away from your laptop; it's time to get out there and start making some Growth Hormone!
Vasper is a company that creates a health and fitness technology that combines compression, cooling, and interval training to help stimulate your body's natural production of anabolic hormones, like Growth Hormone, with minimal wear and tear on your joints.
What does that mean for you? Stronger bones, stronger muscles, and a sharper brain, even later in life!