Declining human growth hormone (HGH) is one cause of aging. We produce a lot of it right after we were born. We produce less each year thereafter. As HGH levels diminish, human aging or decay begins to increase. There are several things you can do to halt this process.
Eat less food. Nutritionists tell us to eat 15 calories per day to maintain body weight. If we weigh one hundred pounds, then we need to eat 1500 calories. However, scientists who study longevity have discovered that eating at levels 30% less actually extends the lifespans of animals. That means a person weighing one hundred pounds should eat 1000 calories per day.
It is too soon for us to determine the how much this extends the human lifespan. Most animals experience a 20-30% increase in lifespan. Eating less actually makes you healthier. The elderly who have chosen a restricted calorie lifestyle have a much lower risk of age-related diseases.
Eating fewer calories requires you to eat nutritionally balanced meals. Nutritional balance means you are not deficient in the needed vitamins, minerals, amino acids, etc. Nutrient deficiency increases the risk of disease and lowers your immune function.
Your body creates more human growth hormone the less often you eat. Fasting for twelve hours opens the floodgates of HGH production. Fasting for twenty-four hours doubles that amount. Fasting, in an of itself, is probably the most beneficial thing you can do to increase HGH levels in your body.
We eat often because we developed a habit of eating at certain times each day. Many times we are dehydrated and not hungry. Changing eating habits is difficult, but not impossible. Changing your eating habits might actually make you look and feel much younger than you are.