The Night Time Killer of HGH: What You Need to Know

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Growth hormone (HGH) is a hormone protein. HGH is intertwined in many physiological processes such as regulating metabolism and  building muscle. Other hormones can impair secretion of HGH when insulin levels are elevated in response to carbohydrate consumption.  During one’s deep stage sleep a majority of growth hormone is secreted. Due to this the night time killer that can be particularly detrimental is eating carbohydrates at night.  Not only does this effect your HGH production and secretion but also leading to a decrease in fat burning capacity and muscle mass and density.

How does HGH function? 

In the pituitary gland the brain secretes HGH in pulses, a majority of it (85%) occurs while one is sleeping. HGH helps control blood glucose, tissue repair and increased break down of fat that is stored in the body. During adolescents or childhood is when we secrete the most HGH naturally. After the age of 25 our levels decrease drastically. Not enough or too much HGH can impact your metabolism negatively while disrupting the levels of other essential hormones creating a chaotic imbalance in the body.

What does eating carbohydrates do to the body?

hen you eat food containing carbohydrate, your blood glucose rises. This triggers your pancreas to secrete insulin into the blood, which shuttles the glucose to your body tissues. Insulin also increases fat storage and the building of muscle mass to some extent. Simple carbohydrates—such as white bread, many baked goods and candy—raise blood sugar quickly, resulting in a rapid insulin increase to clear the glucose out of the blood. Complex carbohydrates—such as whole grains and beans—result in a slower rise in blood sugar and a more gradual insulin response.

How does this effect HGH?

Growth hormone and insulin have antagonistic impacts: Elevated growth hormone levels will diminish insulin’s adequacy, and high insulin levels will stifle the secretion of growth hormone. In this manner, more than once eating sugar rich nourishment preceding resting may weaken growth hormone secretion amid your profound rest stage. Moreover, your body is increasingly impervious to the impacts of insulin during the evening, implying that you should create more insulin to move a given measure of glucose to your body tissues. This may prompt considerably encourage concealment of growth hormone secretion.

Some Consequences of Reduced Growth Hormone

An important function for growth hormone id to help build and repair tissues that are damaged, secreted mostly during sleep.  Thus, do to increased insulin levels and abnormal secretion during sleep, one may have reduction in bone mineral density and diminished muscle recovery. Most take an IGF-1 test to see levels of growth hormone in the body which is also effected negatively with a disrupted secretion of HGH in general. Insulin like growth factor 1 helps the production of several hormones: testosterone, estrogen and thyroid hormones, which helps regulate tissue repair and metabolism.  So don’t be surprised if your eating habits are associated with a decreased HGH secretion with increased insulin resistance and abdominal fat.