Wendy Ralfe March Blog

March 1, 2018


Muscle growth isn't done while training, training breaks muscle down and triggers growth and repair. Muscle growth only happens during recovering, about 24 to 48 hours after training.


This is where Human Growth Hormone comes in but what is Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and what is it used for?

It increases protein making and enhances amino acids in cells (decreases the breakdown of protein, so it protects against the breakdown of muscle mass, "spares proteins"). Different from other hormones in that It doesn’t do its work through a gland, it goes to all the cells directly.

It also indirectly effects cartilage (repair), and is the main fat mobilization hormone, uses up fat stores. Liver converts HGH to IGF-1 when you aren't eating.


So what triggers your body to make HGH?

- High intensity exercise

- Excitement

- Trauma

- During deep sleep the pituitary gland makes HGH

- Protein (arginine)

- Fasting


Basically for your body to build muscle and protect the muscle you already have, your body needs to make HGH.


Without HGH your body will break down muscle to sugar for the brain to use and your body's proteins, collagen, cartilage, won't be preserved. So HGH does the opposite of what cortisol (stress hormone) does.


Until next time…

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