Human Growth Hormone: How we should take care of it.
Last week, I was watching the Dr. Oz show and they discussed the human growth hormone. According to the website Gudelnews.com, the human growth hormone is a polypeptide chain of amino acids and is responsible for muscle growth and bone growth.(10/28/12) HGH is also a hormone that keeps one from aging. Many women often feel lethargic after a day's work. They are stressed out because of the herculean responsibilities they have to take care of. In order for the human growth hormone to function as it should, we need 4 essential amino acids. Dr. Oz called these four amino acids as GOAL. It is an acronym meaning Glycine, Ornithine, Arginine, and Lysine. Glycine helps build muscles and helps people get a good night sleep. It is also used for boosting energy. Ornithine is an amino acid that gives energy to the body. Arginine is essential for it regulates blood pressure and metabolizes fat. Lysine is used for converting fatty foods into energy. A doctor, who was a guest on the show told the viewers that we should eat enough soy and nuts for the human growth hormone to function properly.
Another topic that Dr. Oz mentioned was how to pump-up the body's defense system. Most people often get sick because of stress, improper diet, over fatigue, and even the sudden change of weather. Dr. Oz suggested that we should take 4 self-tests to recharge our body's defense system. We can do the test right at our own home.
1. Put your thumb on your breast bone and press it. If it hurts or gives you discomfort, it means you are Vitamin D deficient.
2. Put your feet together and close your eyes. Place your right foot forward and tap 3x. If you are having difficulty doing so then you are Vitamin B12 deficient. Vitamin B12 regulates balance.
3. Look in the mirror and check for cracks at the corner of your mouth. Open your mouth and look under your tongue and check for sores. If you have sores and blisters, then you lack Vitamin B6.
4. Look for dryness in your body such as rough cracked skin, dry hair, splitting of nails. It means you have a weak immune system.
Some of the guests on the show confessed about having cravings to fill their appetite. Some of them crave for cupcakes, fried foods, ice cream. Dr. Oz suggested to take pea protein powder. This helps trigger the hormone that curbs craving and is slow to digest. You can mix it in your smoothie. You put two scoops in your smoothie or shake. Mix with 1 cup of fruit and add 1 cup of low-fat milk. The guests tried drinking it and they said that it tasted great.
Our health is our wealth. We need to up the ante in raising awareness on vitamin deficiencies to combat fatigue. Good thing Dr. Oz is there to help us around.