High Performance Your Hormones
Our hormones dictate our ripped bodies and roaring sex drive from our love of life to thirst of adventure. We need to ensure that our hormones remain in good shape…
Unfortunately, our levels can drop by age and lifestyle factors. But there are things you can do to encourage healthy hormone systems.
Here’s how to ‘hack’ your endocrine system and enhance your natural superpowers.
Testosterone is a steroid hormone that has androgenic and anabolic effects in both men and women and regulates libido, energy, bone health, immune function and muscular development.
Growth hormone (GH) positively affects metabolic functions, glycogen production, protein synthesis, fat metabolism and structural elements such as bone and cartilage.
Insulin is secreted by the pancreas and will spike proportionately in response to increased blood sugar levels, usually following the ingestion of food and/or beverages. As the level of blood sugar subside so do insulin secretion levels.
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To place the body into an anabolic (muscle-building) state, a spike of GH is released within the first hour or so of sleep. Then, smaller bursts of GH are secreted about every four hours. The more sleep you get, the more GH you produce. Lack of sleep contributes to an increase in cortisol production, a catabolic, muscle-damaging hormone, which will lower testosterone levels.
Too much stress increases cortisol levels, which causes testosterone levels to plummet and decreases the secretion of GH. Practice a daily stress-reducing activity like yoga or meditation to minimize these effects.
Compound, multi-joint exercises (think squats, lunges, pull-ups, and presses) at high-intensity with minimal rest between sets increases GH, IGF-1 and testosterone secretion. HIIT is an excellent workout.
Treat your body well and you can keep those hormones going strong, even as you age.