It’s both a chemical and a lifestyle
Every January, the world is obsessed with “getting healthy.” New Year’s resolutions abound, gym memberships skyrocket, and Internet searches for fad diets like Paleo and Keto increase threefold…
But within a few weeks, most people have ditched their efforts and gone back to old habits.
Today, I want to share a technique that has helped me feel immensely healthier… and younger. It’s one of the most powerful tools I’ve found in my wellness and anti-aging arsenal.
But first, a bit of background about what has been the key to many of the insights I’ve found…
Much of my research has pointed to the importance of one key hormone that the human body produces and how it impacts aging.
I’ve had extreme elbow pain in both of my elbows – severe tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow.
Looking for a non-invasive cure (or at least a symptom reducer), I found that some research suggested the joint issue may have been getting worse due to lower natural human growth hormone (“HGH”) secretion. A drop in HGH generally comes with aging.
HGH levels are highest in children and young adults and then proceed to drop severely from ages 30 to 40. In fact, many studies show that this drop in HGH levels over that span is larger and faster than the drop in HGH from ages 40 to 70.
Getting old sucks.
Hope was not all lost, however… With further extensive research, I found lots of positive notes on how HGH could be naturally brought back to more youthful levels.
These various “bio-hacks” seemed quite doable, and frankly, not at all unhealthy in any way.
I saw plenty of ads for synthetic HGH injections and pills. I haven’t tried those, and I probably won’t unless a doctor tells me I should for medical reasons.
These artificial methods are not what I’m talking about here. I focused on personally trying and testing the natural techniques to increase HGH levels so I can get my body to feel younger. I have not tried any methods that seemed to be unhealthy in any way to me.
When I began this period of research and “testing on myself” a few years ago, one of our senior analysts mentioned intermittent fasting.
Personally, of all the things I’ve tried, the easiest, most direct way of naturally increasing HGH seems to be intermittent fasting.
Studies have shown very interesting and even compelling results from restricting your caloric intake into a small window of time each day, every day. And to adjust to that fasting, your body responds with massive natural increases in HGH levels.
For me, what I found was nothing short of a medical miracle.
Over a few months of trying intermittent fasting, my elbow problems receded by 95% or more. I’m back in the gym as often as I want. I’ve recovered so much that I’m hitting personal records in elbow-important exercises that I haven’t hit since my early 30s.
Essentially, by fasting 12 hours to 18 hours each day, one can increase natural HGH production levels back to those of one’s youth. I eased into it over a few weeks, so I didn’t find it that difficult to adopt as a lifestyle.
Some studies have even shown natural increases in HGH levels of 500% or more.
The overall impact on my life has been overwhelmingly positive. I feel more youthful, I’m stronger, I sleep more soundly, and there is no question that I’m experiencing faster healing and recovery times.
I’m not a doctor… So I can’t and wouldn’t recommend anything medically. However, I can shout at the top of my lungs about how intermittent fasting has personally changed my life.
It has reversed my aging process in strength, sleep, healing, and recovery. My chronic elbow problem, which I thought I would be stuck with for life, is all but nonexistent (knock on wood). People tell me I look younger, and when I first meet new people now they don’t ever guess I’m on my 50th year of life.
Given my crazy travel schedule and long hours studying the markets and individual companies and stocks, the heavier sleep has been a godsend.
Again, I haven’t decreased the number of calories I consume… I’ve just changed when I consume them. I drink plenty of water while fasting – particularly carbonated water. I also drink black decaf coffee and lots of peppermint or chamomile tea. Peppermint tea has valuable polyphenols which also have several health benefits.
Start out slow… try intermittent fasting for a couple of days and see how you feel.
Professor Joel Litman is the chief investment strategist at Altimetry. He helps investors get it right when Wall Street gets it wrong by using a team of 90 accountants and analysts who sift through more than 8,000 publicly traded companies around the world.
If you’re interested in reading more from Joel, he publishes a free daily letter called the Altimetry Daily Authority – where he talks about the hidden accounting of companies that Wall Street misses, as well as his health experiments like intermittent fasting. You can learn more by clicking here.