As you may be aware, pituitary gland in the brain secrets HGH. This hormone is essential for many metabolic processes in the body. However, the level of production of HGH tapers down with age. Human body produces the maximum level of HGH during the growth years.
Low production of HGH leads to brittle bones, lack of lean muscle mass and excess body fat during the old age. Over the years, HGH has been used by athletes to boost athletic performance.
It is also used by doctors to stimulate growth of height in children who are deficient in HGH. However, it is also important to note here that HGH supplements do not guarantee improvement in height or athletic performance.
Can Teenagers Take HGH?
Doctors can prescribe HGH for teens suffering from growing disorders. It is usually administered by doctors in the form of injection.
However, lately many teens have been taking HGH without necessary supervision to grow height and increase their athletic performance. This can be extremely dangerous and in some cases, it can even be fatal.
It is important to keep in mind that teens already have a high level of testosterone and HGH in their bodies. Taking HGH in the form of supplements and injections when it is not prescribed can have some serious side effects. Therefore, teens should not take HGH unless prescribed by the doctor.
HGH makes everything inside the body grow. It grows kidneys, liver, heart and other vital organs. It also leads to growth of the ‘growth plates’ that expand and fuse together. If that happens, no supplement can help in increasing height as the growth plates have been fused.
Misuse Of HGH Can Have Some Serious Side Effects Including:
- Abnormal growth of facial hair
- Hormonal imbalance that may lead to high blood pressure, stroke, infertility, tumors as well as
- various cardiovascular diseases
- Breast enlargement
- Increase in risk of diabetes
- Muscle and joint stiffness
- Continuous pain in the feet and hands
- Skin thickening.
- Damage to liver
- Abnormal thyroid function
- Heart enlargement
- Changes in facial appearance such as eyebrow bones and protruding jaw
- Abnormal growth of feet and hands
As mentioned above, misuse of HGH can result in serious side effects. The worse news is that most of the changes in the body are completely irreversible which means that no therapy can treat the damage done due to misuse of HGH.
Most of the teens today take HGH for increasing their height. However, you should keep in mind that genes play a huge role as far as height is concerned. In case your parents are short, it is unlikely that you will grow past them.
There are many natural ways of increasing HGH in your body. Also, it is important to keep in mind that the pituitary gland already produces ample amount of this hormone that can be used by the body. Excess HGH is only going to harm you.
HGH has also been associated with exacerbating the emotional state in teens in a negative manner. It may result in hyper aggression. Also, it may result in acne breakout that already plagues a vast majority of teens.
How To Enhance HGH Levels Naturally?
As mentioned above, there are many natural ways to increase the level of HGH. Here are a few tips to help you enhance your HGH level in a completely natural manner.
Body naturally starts secreting higher level of HGH when you are engaged in intense physical activity that leads to stretching of tendons, ligaments and muscles. High-intensity exercise will result in more secretion of this hormone.
You may do compound exercises, biking, sledgehammer exercises, cardio training, push-ups, pull-ups, weight training and various other intense workouts. Ideally, you should indulge in such high-intensity workouts during the morning when the level of insulin in body is low.
Your body produces the highest amount of HGH when you sleep. The quality of your sleep affects the level of HGH along with the duration of your sleep. It is recommended to sleep for 7 to 9 hours on a daily basis to increase the production of HGH naturally.
You may also sleep during the day but sleeping during the night is more helpful as body secretes more melatonin. Another important thing is that your sleep should be uninterrupted.
If you have trouble sleeping for long hours, it is recommended to limit your caffeine and soda intake as these only disturb the sleep cycle.
HGH is completely safe supplement for adults especially when it is taken under the supervision of a doctor for specific conditions. It can help adults in many ways but teens already have high levels of HGH and do not need an artificial source of this hormone.
Teens usually come under peer pressure and start using HGH to grow bigger fast. However, misuse of HGH only results in negative side effects on health and the damage done by artificial HGH is irreversible.