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Anti-aging Secrets Revealed in 12 FREE Steps

Anti-aging Secrets Revealed in 12 FREE Steps

In the world we live in today it’s basically a sin to age. Now more than ever men and women (and even some of their children) are going under the knife and spending oodles of hard earned cash on lotions, potions and pills that just don’t work. There’s no get fit, rich or young quick scheme that works. All of these things are attained by hard work and dedication, that’s why the fruits of victory taste so damn sweet.

You can cheat death to a degree by employing real, science backed methods that boost your Human Growth Hormone without needles, pills and expensive doctors visits.

Here are 12 easy steps to remaining forever young that don’t involve a niptuck. HGH (Human Growth Hormone) is produced in our pituitary glands and is responsible for cell repair, body composition and metabolism. It helps to boost muscle growth, strength and increases our ability to preform physically demanding tasks all while preventing injury and helping us recover from injury.

With lower HGH levels we might be more susceptible to disease and fat gain. In short, this hormone keeps us young, supple and fit while protecting us but it slowly tapers off in production as we reach and surpass our thirties.

Lose Body Fat

High body fat levels (think midsection fat) will likely impair HGH production increasing your risk of disease. This seems to affect men more so however this is something imperative in both genders. The best way to start burning up belly fat is to take up short but effective cardio exercise like sprints, intervals or HIIT training.

Try Fasting

Fasting simply means to go without food for a period of time. Sometimes this could be a few hours, sometimes a few days. For the case of trying to boost HGH we can limit this to a number of hours or calories over a period of time.

Try opting for an 8 hour “eating” window while keeping fasted for 16 hours. Your day will start with stretching, tea and maybe some exercise. Eating can commence around noon and cease at 8pm. Keeping insulin levels low (fasted state) will limit insulin spiking which have been shown to disrupt production. Just 3 days of fasting has been found to show HGH increases of over 300%.

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Grab Some Arginine

Arginine is an Amino Acid essential to HGH production. While bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts alike may take in BCAA supplements around exercise, there may be no benefit to HGH production ~ sniffle sniffle.

Good news is that studies have found Arginine taken solo did create an increase to HGH levels at 45-114mg of arginine per pound of body weight – similar to 10-20 grams per day. This study in particular found higher doses increased HGH production during sleep of up to 60% – lower doses, not so much.

Sugar Shocked No More

Remember our friend insulin and how when she spikes she makes us look and feel old? Don’t forget it. Excess sugar creates weight gain and obesity which reduce our happy HGH hormone production and diabetics have been found to have 3-4 times  lower HGH levels than non-diabetics.

Put Down That Pudding Pop

When I’m teaching children at schools I introduce the “sometimes treat” so they can bring this philosophy home to their families and teach up. If you suffer from sweet tooth-itis try replacing conventional sugar with Stevia, a near miracle 0 calorie sugary sweetness all made from plants. Limit your intake of large amounts of sugar and refined carbs like white bread, bagels and donuts.

Sleep Light Not Full

We naturally release large amounts of HGH at night. As the act of eating a large meal will cause those insulin level spikes we’ve learned about it is suggested to avoid eating heavily before bed. This means no post-pub grub and you might want to skip the pub while you’re at it.

Depending on your body type, meals high in carbs OR protein might block HGH release. The jury is still out on this one in terms of research posted. The best practice is to avoid meals within 2-3 hours of sleepy time.

Amino Acid Rescue

GABA is a non-protein amino that sends signals all around our brains. It acts as a calming agent in the brain and nervous system and can be used to aid in insomnia patients.

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The increase in HGH has been found at 400% at rest and 200% post-workout. Because GABA improves sleep this means that our HGH output at night improves bathing itself in long, deep sleeps. Downside? A lot of the positive effects have been found to be short term in nature.

    Be Intense

    HGH levels are boosted significantly by high intensity exercise. Of course, this is all dependant on the type of exercise and nutrition intake around your workout and the body that is preforming the work. Some people can achieve great HGH increases in weight lifting sessions with limited rest periods. The metabolic nature of this particular exercise style and subsequent increase in lactic acid makes hight intensity exercise your best producer of HGH.

    Try intervals, sprints or hit to spike your HGH while burning a tonne of fat. In the long term this type of exercise will help you to not only boost HGH but optimize hormones and decrease body fat which again, boost the wonder hormone.

    What is a HIIT workout and how can I incorporate these into my every day fitness plans? Visit YouTube for some great HIIT workout ideas.

    Shake It Till You Break It

    There are a huge variety of supplements that can and will optimize performance while boosting HGH. Some studies have found beta-alanine to do just this.

    You can find this supplement in BCAA’s, pre-workout and other nutritional supplements. This could increase your ability to lift more or complete more repetitions during your gym session. Add these to a shake for post workout or shake them up in your water during your workouts.

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    Beta-alanine can double peak power and boost HGH. If you’re looking to lose fat and boost HGH you should stay away from sugary drinks and instead incorporate a clean powdered protein shake post workout.

    Rest Is Best, Try This Test

    HGH is released in pulses when we sleep. This is all wrapped up within our circadian rhythm. Large pulses happen during our deepest sleep and just before we wake. Poor sleep will deeply impact our HGH production levels.

    If you’re looking to tap into enhancing long term HGH production, sleep is the number one strategy to employ. Want more, deeper sleep? Try these tips:

    • no screens in the bedroom or for 30 minutes before sleep
    • keep bedroom temps at around 60 degrees (F)
    • avoid caffeine after 3pm

    Stay All Natural, Naturally

    When I’m low on fulfilling, deep, regular sleep I look to my friend Melatonin to regulate myself and start over. This is a hormone that regulates blood pressure and has become quite a popular sleep aid as of late. Some research has advised that melatonin can directly impact HGH production beyond it’s abilities to help you achieve a deep rest. How’s that for a double whammy?

    Basic use is 1-5 mg just before bed. Of course, doses all depend on you, your tolerance and what you’ve been ordered to do by your physician.

    There are so many supplements that can benefit your HGH production in the short term. Which doesn’t mean they’re not effective, just that they’re not as effective as long term solutions.

    • Glutamine
    • Creatine
    • Ornithine
    • L-dopa
    • Glycine

    Stress Is The Black Plague

    When you’re stressed out you can lose sleep, turn to food for emotional comfort or become sedentary. All these things are not good for our body, mind or spirit.

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    In an effort to remain “Forever Young” we need to take a look at our current state of affairs, evaluate where we want to be and set that as a goal to achieve. Simple tasks such as generating a routine that incorporates sleep, balanced nutrition and meditation can curb our stresses, allow for more good times and a general feeling of well being.

    In order to stay young we must keep life as light and playful as possible while ensuring that we surround ourselves with relaxing, happy experiences.

    Try adding these few routines to your day to maximize control over your own happiness:

    • Sleep & Wake at the same time opting for 7 hours rest.
    • Utilize meditation for 5-10 minutes before bed.
    • Prepare meals well in advance and in bulk to reduce stress.
    • Exercise daily for at least 30 minutes.
    • Take a walk after lunch to clear your head.
    • Journal each morning for 5 minutes with your coffee.

      If all this information made you yell out “I can’t organize my life, I don’t know where to start, please, help me!”. Don’t become frustrated with yourself and give up. We have all been there and even fall off the wagon to return to a life of flailing after successes. It’s human and after all, unless you’re a Manatee that’s how you came to read this post.

      Start with baby steps, incorporate one new “thing” per week and soon in as little as a month you will be well on your way to reversing the signs of premature aging without shelling out more than a few bucks.

      If you want quick access to free meal plans, fitness routines and tips to stock your kitchen you can access them here.

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      Last Updated on February 20, 2019

      13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with Them and Enjoy the Ride

      13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with Them and Enjoy the Ride

      Fear. I spend my life talking about fear — fighting fears, fixing fears and understanding fears. And yet I doubt I get 10 calls a year from people saying “Mandie can you help me fix my fear?”

      Why is this so critically important to you?

      The realization for me is that fear is not the fundamental driving force in your life it’s what regardless of whether I’m talking to a doctor, a teacher, a CEO’s, a senior citizens or teenager – every single one of those conversations has a direct correlation with your world.

      Fear can range from the overwhelming desire to look away or stop in your tracks to literally fleeing your country and the life you knew. In this article, I will share you with 13 tips to face your fears and enjoy the ride.

      1. Know That Fear Is Real, but Can Be Overcome

      Right now around the world people are facing fear — real fear. Fear that I pray my children and I will never experience. Does that lessen my fears or your fears in your relativity safe 21st century life?

      When I look at the world we all live in, I find that fear like so many other emotions can mean so many different things to so many different people:

      • The child who has to be physically dragged to their first day of school.
      • The man facing the judge.
      • The woman with her hand poised over the buttons over her phone because she has to walk down a dark corridor late at night alone.
      • The man as the surgeon says “count backwards from 10 Mr Smith.”
      • The woman that’s told “We are sorry, we can’t help you.”
      • The man that faces the empty circle of a gun and prays for his very existence.

      These and a million more (Portrayed in every kind of movie, book or song you could imagine) are what make us human. We face fear and somehow move forward or are stopped in our tracks.

      Like the rabbit in the headlights of the car that veers off through the field away from the tyres of the car or stays still praying for salvation. Like someone will save them. Sound familiar?

      Fear is huge. Fear is everywhere and yet fear can be overcome, controlled and can even be a power for good.

      2. Accept Your Fear

      Firstly if you aren’t facing the barrel of the gun, atrocities that make the news or impeding death, that’s a good start. However it doesn’t mean your fear is any less real.

      We are quick to say “I can’t moan, my life is not as bad as X.” While in theory, that’s honorable your appreciation of Mr. or Mrs. X’s horrific life won’t change anything directly. So accept your fear is relative to you.

      And here’s what can be done.

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      3. Get Some Perspective

      I found myself asking anyone that would answer “what is your worst fear”. The answer that intrigued me the most came from my daughter (15 years old and she usually has a copy of Fight the Fear – my book – in her school bag so she can help someone else be as positive and confident as her. No matter what life throws up.)

      And her fear, surprised me — heights. I pointed out that we live in a sprawling bungalow (one storey) and the highest she goes is two storeys’ at school! She laughed but added, fear isn’t like that Mum. I know it’s not a real fear, but it’s like when you stand on a chair and feel unsafe.

      That girl will go far. Because she truly gets fear.

      We know something is scary and yet we still do it. Why? Because we have a perspective to the fear. When you lose perspective, it can feel too big, and too scary.

      So look around you to get some perspective on your fear:

      • Are you really at risk?
      • Will this kill you?
      • Which leads us on to..
      • If the worse was to happen what would it be?

      4. Hold a Hand

      As a coach, it is my job to holds someone’s metaphorical hand and help them face a fear.

      Like the child petrified of the thunder storm or the teen that can’t get back in a car again after failing their test, your job as a parent is to reassure, encourage, enable and motivate someone to face something that ideally they never would choose to again.

      We know many of our fears aren’t real. However, it is only when someone guides us with love, respect, lack of judgement and safety are we able to get through fear. And trust me, you can get through your fears. I’ve seen it so many times.

      Ask yourself:

      • If the worse were to happen, what would that be?
      • Could that really happen?
      • If the worse did happen, how would you recover?
      • If the worse were to happen, what would you need to do next?

      By seeing fear as not the end destination but part of being human, you can see through it’s wily evil ways and move forward.

      5. Know Whose Hand You Hold Either Physically or Emotionally

      This helps with fears for the rest of your life.

      Think of someone you can always rely on (and ideally you won’t just answer yourself because that adds a lot of pressure to your existence!) And you will find that you’ve already found a way to get through fear.

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      The beauty of this is that it means that fear becomes part of life not something to be feared and shied away from.

      It means you know you can turn to your friend, partner, colleague, parent, sibling and say “Right I need to deal with this, and I’m going to need you to help me.”

      For one moment, think about it from the other person’s view point. When we get to help other people we feel valued, loved, respected and lots of other positive emotions and we get a good dose of positive chemicals setting off in our bodies too.

      Your fear, and your determination to fight it, helped someone else too. Now that’s cool right?

      6. Understand That There Are Some Things Fear Will Never Touch

      I like to find role models in life — people who have faced heroism, history changing moments, war, atrocities, miracles, life saving inventions.

      Not everyone was looking for greatness, however they all found it. And one of my favourite books to date is written about Alistair Urquhart, the forgotten highlander. If this doesn’t get turned into a film in the future, then no man’s story is likely to.

      Alistair went through the most horrific experiences in the 2nd world war. If you think of one of the awful things that happened back then in our world, Alistair went through at least 3 of them! Asked afterwards how did you cope? He talked about how whatever they did to his body, no matter how they starved, tortured, threatened or mocked him, they couldn’t have his mind. In his mind he was free.

      Of all the people’s voices I’ve heard in my head over the years, this is one of those statements that reminds me anything is possible if you have faith and hope.

      Look for the things in life that fear can’t touch. They will create confidence and faith for the future, whatever you face. And they will give you a sense of why being you is awesome.

      Of all the billions of people on this planet, no one will have an answer identical to yours!

      7. Process Your Fears to Carry on with Life

      Being brave is not about sticking your chest out and smiling regardless of what hell you endure. It is about finding a way to emotionally process your fears to be able to keep going.

      I have a tool kit of things I can rely on – tools, strategies, techniques. They include people to hug or talk to, music. hobbies, walks on the beach and even my favourite food. It sounds mad but at the times where I have questioned “how will I get through this?” I’ve found immense joy in doing the most unlikely of thing that makes me smile.

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      It may be a short lived moment of happiness. However, it reminded that nothing stays the same and I can find away.

      One client told me that it was crazy when it felt like their world was falling around their ears to run a bath to the brim (you don’t waste water) get the best bath oils, light too many candles, lock the door and drink a glass of bubbly (champagne is only for special occasions.)

      Did that moment fix the disaster that my clients life felt? No, however it gave them a moment of calm and the brain is far quicker to find solutions, resolve and motivation to keep going when you do that.

      It may feel like madness to do something you love, however it can be a powerful way to help you find solutions to the fears you face in life.

      8. Assume the Worse

      If you read the statement from the client above. Notice how they assumed it was wrong to fill the bath up to the top? How bubbly is only for special occasions?

      Think how naughty they felt to be doing something that was not allowed?

      • Think about what age it may have made them feel?
      • Think about how they feel about champagne?
      • What special moments it’s been a part of in their lives?

      And you can see how the assumptions they made about their “right” to have these things was not healthy.

      When I drag the assumptions out of people’s words for them to see, they are often struck by how negative the words make them feel.

      Don’t assume your words aren’t impacting on you. You can go through fear and actually enjoy the ride when you take the time to understand how you are letting words get to you.

      9. Take a Fear That Feels Insurmountable Right Now.

      If you were to repeat it to me out loud, what would you say?

      Would you have blame on yourself in there? Would you assume others can do it and it’s just you? Would you feel small, unsuccessful, useless, unworthy?

      Usually, when you do this exercise, you are able to spot the untruths that run wild in your head convincing you that you are doomed. And rarely when we are faced with our assumptions is there is a lot of evidence to them.

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      10. You Are Not Defined by Your Fear

      One fear does not define your life – be mindful of that. It is likely to lead you to thinking of all the times you’ve succeeded and bring a moment of calm, confidence and faith back to you.

      11. Go with Fear

      When you learn to go with fear, you could find yourself actually having fun, no seriously – having fun.

      I have a few amazing clients I’m working with right now who would describe themselves as life long worriers, or pessimists. In the past that has served them well, enabling them to keep safe, steer clear of risks and even develop strategies in the event of disasters. However, now they find it’s becoming hard to break the cycle and they really want to because it’s holding them back.

      Notice how they’ve found their hidden fears and want to face them?

      One client said “I knew this was going to be tough, and I knew I couldn’t fight it alone and I knew you would be the one to help me.” Before I sat an incredibly successful, confident, capable business owner with a family and a social life to die for.

      However, I’ve learned that the most successful looking lives can hide things that impact on life, success, love, happiness and business.

      We didn’t start with the fear that they felt was holding them back, we broke the fear down, and found lots of little obstacles that had been deemed as “life” and “unchangeable” and “that’s just the way it is” by developing awareness to the little steps on the road to their obstacles to happiness and success they were able to tackle them in a different way.

      12. Discover Great Skills in Your Scary Moments

      And in that clients words “I came here to work with you to grow my company, and my own personal skills. I didn’t expect to get the children to be cleaning up after themselves and my partner being more attentive! It all feels a little magic.”

      The moral is that out of the scariest of moments, we can find great skills we didn’t know we had. Find better, healthier, happier ways to live and find ways to enjoy life more. (And have a bit of magic!)

      What a great place to be in ready for the next fear that thinks it’s going to get in the way of you, right?

      13. Own Your Fear

      Think back over these tips and come up with at least one example for each one. Write them down. Put them on your phone. Turn them into a piece of art. Turn them into a poem. Frame them. Go for a fast walk across the fields, beach, down town and repeat these things in your head to the sound of your feet on the ground.

      We rarely take the time to appreciate how far we have come, how much we can achieve or what we are capable of – by really owning the tips in this article you will have given your brain a big fat dose of “Damn right I can do this!” and the motivation and accountability to say “Let’s find a way” through any fear.

      You can’t help but feel good when you see that can you? And fear doesn’t stand a chance, does it?

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