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Human growth hormone (HGH) or somatotropin is secreted by the pituitary gland and causes growth spurts in children. Children lose their "baby fat" during this time, when it is repurposed to offer additional energy the body needs as it builds muscle and strengthens bones. While males and females are both affected by growth hormone, males tend to experience more significant effects. There are many natural ways to maximize the physical and mental benefits of human growth hormone without resorting to supplements, which are known for negative side effects.

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1. Increasing HGH with Food

Eating foods rich in the amino acid l-glutamine is one way people may be able to naturally increase their growth hormone levels; in fact, the effects can kick in just 90 minutes after ingestion. Evidence suggests increasing glutamine contributes to the synthesis of arginine, another amino acid that helps improve blood flow and contributes to HGH secretion. Sources of glutamine include chicken, cabbage, tofu, and yogurt.

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