Stay Young, Naturally
For hundreds of years, people have been looking for the fountain of youth, an unknown object or element that not only adds longevity but strength and beauty to your life.
Well, it's been in us all along.
Human Growth Hormone, most commonly known as HGH, has been used to treat stunted growth in children since 1958, and only in the past 20 years has it revealed itself to be the answer to our concerns about aging.
HGH is a protein hormone released by the pea-sized pituitary gland in the brain. It's responsible for so many functions, too many to list. A few include stimulating the immune system, increasing calcium retention, and reducing body fat. It's responsible for the exuberance we enjoyed in our youth.
As healthy children, we produce a large amount of the substance with HGH production peaking at puberty, resulting in a growth spurt. It's all downhill from there; By age 21, it's down to 500 micrograms, and at age 41, only 200 micrograms.
A few years after the development of a synthetic HGH was made, a study by Dr. D. Rudman and his team, published in the New England Medical Journal, showed that 12 mean between the ages of 61 and 81 were in much better health after being injected with the substance. They reported stronger bones, more muscle mass, and a younger appearance. They were never sick anymore, they claimed, and had more energy. In short, they felt decades younger.
While HGH injections were not approved for use except by doctors to administer to stunted children, many lobby that once a medicine is approved for one use it should be approved for others. Meanwhile, people began to go to Mexico for treatments that ran in the tens of thousands of dollars, or ordered HGH from international suppliers. Many doctors did studies of their own, and reported tremendous affects.
Sleep, Exercise & Diet
The secret is, though, that you don't need to pay $15,000 to $30,000 a year for injections to get the results. It's all about getting your body to create more of the miracle substance through good health, meaning a regimen of sleep, exercise, diet, and finally supplements to give you a needed boost.
That's right -- sleep, exercise and diet. We've been told for ages that this would be the key to longevity and good health. But now not only are you slowing down the signs of aging, you're reversing them. That's because keeping a healthy body helps your body produce HGH. With exercise, for instance, you can increase your body's production of HGH by more than four-fold. Many of us though, even when we're in the best of health, want a little extra push to keep our bodies in top shape.
Because HGH has become such a hot topic, frauds have flooded the HGH supplement market. A good HGH supplement should stimulate the pituitary gland to release more of the protein hormone. A cheap imitation acts as nothing more than a placebo, if that. You've got to know what to look for.
Menu for a Long and Healthy Life
Following the right diet can literally add years to your life. If you are looking for the best eating plan to take you all the way to your 100th birthday, be sure it meets these three requirements:
- It is nontoxic.
- It provides enough nutrients and fuel to satisfy your daily needs.
- It is made up of foods that are easy to digest and eliminate.
There is one thing you need to remember: Food is not the whole story. If you want to sing a hearty Happy Birthday to yourself when you reach 100, get a lot of exercise, plenty of sleep, reduce stress, do not smoke, limit alcohol, and drive safely.
Growing Older Bonus
Aging and Stress. You are less likely to feel stressed the older you get! In a survey of adults aged 25 to 74, only eight-percent of the young adults said they had even one stress-free day a week, compared with 12-percent of mid-lifers and 19-percent of those over 60. Older people mellow as they age -- they may not find themselves in any fewer stressful circumstances, but they just get less stressed over them. See also: Coping with Stress.
Elder Berry has been used in European folk medicine since antiquity for a host of maladies, ranging from joint discomfort and constipation to respiratory problems.
Elder berries are high in anthocyanidins, powerful purple pigment compounds that act as potent antioxidants, and includes vitamin C. The berries anthocyanidins help ease the joints by its antioxidant activity. It also detoxifies tissues and promotes better digestion. Elderberry eases respiratory symptoms from excess mucous, cough, throat strain or discomfort to muscle strain.
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