By Darius Mikolajewski

What do you think is the difference between a woman at 45 and the same woman at the age of 20?

Well, basically it is the amount of growth hormone present in her bloodstream. This is the most fascinating area of cutting edge hormonal research – growth hormone is the fountain of youth.

Human Growth Hormone (HGH) gets released into the bloodstream by the pituary gland in the middle of the night, during deep sleep. The amount of HGH in the gland stays pretty much the same throughout life; however as we age, less and less is being released into the bloodstream. In fact, the amount of HGH released at night roughly halves every ten years after the age of thirty.

So our 45 year old would have the same amount of HGH in the gland as the 20 year old, however only a quarter of it will actually be released into the blood; this is the reason why she looks and feels older!

So the big question becomes: is there a way to manipulate the gland to release more HGH? Can it be manipulated naturally, to slow the aging process, to make you look and feel younger. 

Get ready for the good news: the short answer is yes. I look younger today than I did five years ago; I feel better than I did in my twenties! 

How does it work? Well, the amount of HGH released does, to some extent, depend on your hormonal balance. Insulin (the same hormone that makes you store fat) suppresses HGH; glucagon (the fat burning hormone) supports HGH.

So your first step to stimulate more HGH release is to go on the Diet of Nature – it will automatically restore your hormonal balance and increase your HGH secretion.

However, you can do more than that. If you are really concerned about rejuvenation, you can deliberately suppress insulin at the time of HGH release. That would mean severely restricting any carbohydrates eaten after 3 pm; so by the time HGH release takes place (usually between 12 and 3 am), it finds an encouraging, glucagon-rich environment.

In practice that would mean that the only foods you’d eat after 3 pm would be fish, meat (not processed), eggs and hard cheese. Drinks – water and herbal tea.

This plan is very hard for us Westerners, as we are used to have our main meal late at night. This is also the reason why we age faster and less gracefully than people from other cultures.

You don’t have to do this if you believe it would impact on your lifestyle to the point that life would no longer be worth living. It depends how important rejuvenation is to you – at the end it must be a personal choice. At least now you have enough information to make an informed decision.

There are alternatives to natural HGH manipulation. Several HGH releasers and synthetic substitutes are on the market. Most of them are nothing but a scam, but some might actually work for some people – you’ll have to test for yourself. I don’t recommend any unnatural methods; but the fact remains they are there. Those that work tend to be rather expensive (say 10 to 20 thousand dollars for a one-year program); also you might need to travel a bit as they can be legally sold in only a few countries around the world.