Today we bring you an exciting topic that we know you’re stoked to learn about based on all the questions we’ve gotten about it. If you’ve ever wanted to learn all about growth hormone and how you can increase it, this article is for you.
Growth hormone is a hormone that makes us leaner. It also heals our joints and makes our connective tissues strong. In addition to that, it improves our sleep, improves our wellbeing, and speeds up recovery.
It probably sounds like a miracle hormone. There’s one catch though–it’s difficult to naturally increase growth hormone, which is why so many people ask about ways to do it. This article will discuss the top three ways to increase growth hormone.
1. Increase Metabolic Stress
Metabolic stress is probably the best way to naturally increase your growth hormone. High amounts of lactic acid actually ends up stimulating your brain to trigger processes that conclude with releasing more growth hormone.
The best way to increase metabolic stress is through a training technique called blood flow restriction training. Studies show that blood flow restriction training can increase growth hormone by a whopping 300%. That’s not an extra zero you just read, a three hundred percent increase is massive!
We actually published a study in which we used blood flow restriction training on an individual who suffered from an injury and was going to go into surgery. Doing blood flow restriction training helped them heal their injury without the need for surgery–that’s how effective this technique is at increasing growth hormone.
2. Training in a Fasted State
You should absolutely train in either a fasted or depleted state if you want to bump up your growth hormone levels. Depleted of what, though? What this means is that you should deplete your carbohydrate stores before training in order to increase your growth hormone.
If you wake up in the morning and take some Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) or Essential Amino Acids (EAAs) and do cardio, you’ll be able to train in a fasted state, which can increase your growth hormone production.
Alternatively, you can train in a low carbohydrate state if you do carbohydrate cycling days. Training while on a low carb day will boost your growth hormone. Consider doing some cardio while you’re carbohydrate cycling and on a low carb day to deplete your glycogen stores.
3. Get Plenty of Sleep
Sleeping is probably the most important activity you can do to naturally increase your growth hormone. As a rule of thumb, you should be getting at least 7 hours of sleep at night, and in a perfect world you should be sleeping for 8-9 hours.
There are some ways you can immediately improve your sleep. One of them is to have a set sleeping schedule. This is because your body needs to know when it should pass out and when to wake up.
Additionally, you can stop any sounds coming from your phone while you’re sleeping. Consider putting your phone on “do not disturb” mode before bed. Finally, if you’re a light sleeper, consider getting blackout curtains so you can avoid waking up due to light coming into your room. For more tips on getting better sleep, check out our article “Top 3 Ways to Immediately Improve Your Sleep.”
We hope you enjoyed learning about the best ways to increase your growth hormone. We’ll see you again in the next article!