Growth hormone remains a very important hormone long after we've stopped growing—regulating body composition, energy level, and mood—but by the time we reach age 30 or 40, our levels are half of what they were when we were teenagers. While growth hormone medications or supplements have been found to be harmful, there are a few healthy ways to boost your body's natural supply:
Eat healthy food, including protein
The more body fat you have, the lower your growth hormone levels. Conversely, as you lose fat, your growth hormone levels will surge, helping you lose more fat. Eating plenty of protein is critical in making the weight loss/growth hormone gain cycle work because it builds muscle.
Drink 8 glasses of water a day
Water is a major component of muscle and without enough of it, your muscles suffer.
Engage in physical activity
Intensive exercise can make growth hormone levels surge.
Get Enough Sleep
Growth hormone is released when you sleep. If you don't sleep well, you won't produce enough growth hormone.
Buy the book: Hormonal Balance, third edition by Scott Isaacs, MD, FACP, FACE