Healthy, functional living in old age is possible.
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The vast majority of us are unaware of what we must do to minimize the effects of aging.  We can enjoy full functional health in our later years.  You must make the right decisions and take the correct actions if you expect great health for the rest of your life.  Our hormone production normally decreases with age.  There are things you can do to reduce this loss; and, in some cases, actually increase the production of various hormones.  Human growth hormone (HGH) is one of them.

Reduced HGH levels are one of two major causes of aging.  HGH steadily declines after childhood. An older person might have 10 percent of the HGH they had in pre-teen years. HGH has many functions within the body. Some of them are:

● Decreases body fat
● Increases muscle mass
● Improves tissue healing
● Improves protein synthesis
● Increases bone density
● Quickens illness recovery
● Increases capacity to exercise
● Increases skin hydration
● Increases skin elasticity
● Improves sense of well-being
● Decreases incidence of illness

Consistent quality sleep is required for great health.
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High HGH levels slow the aging processes. There are several things that enhance the production of HGH. They are:

● Exercise – high interval intensity training (HIIT) on a regular basis
● Consistent quality sleep
● Laughter on a regular basis
● Liver detoxification on a regular basis
● Maintain a healthy weight
● Strength training on a regular basis
● Fasting periodically
● Eat a nutritionally balanced diet
● Keep amino acids levels balanced (Glutamine, Arginine, etc.)
● Avoid sugars and carbohydrates, especially wheat
● Optimize vitamin D3 levels
● Keep all hormone levels balanced
● Add fenugreek as a supplement as needed
● Keep creatine levels normal

In the next several blogs I will discuss other hormones and their effects on aging and what you can do to minimize hormone deficiency and imbalance so that you can live a long and healthy life.

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