Mewing is a process that takes time, which is not ideal for some people. There’s an ongoing debate about whether using human growth hormone (HGH) with mewing will speed up the results. There’s still no scientific study answering this question. However, if we have to guess based on what we already know about HGH, it might be exactly what you need for mewing.
Human growth hormone (HGH) has anti-aging effects and can help regulate bone growth, muscle growth, and recovery. HGH may speed up mewing since it increases the rate of bone remodeling.
What is HGH?
The body releases HGH via the pituitary gland to fuel normal growth. But as we grow older, our growth hormone levels slowly decline. Normal growth hormone secretion ensures that an individual is healthy and properly-developed. Growth hormone peaks during childhood until early adolescence.
A multitude of people uses synthetic HGH:
- Young people who need treatment for poor growth
- Adults who want to counteract the effects of old age
- Athletes who need to keep muscle and improve athletic performance
- Anyone with a growth deficiency
Human growth hormone usually comes in pill form or injectables, while some companies offer them in sprays. These companies often market HGH as a way to magically postpone your body clock.
HGH helps to retain muscle, boosts hair growth, boosts the immune system, improves libido, and just gives an overall improvement to the quality of life for people who are deficient in it. When an individual takes HGH orally, the stomach needs to digest it first before it’s absorbed in the body.
Effects of HGH
Human growth hormone starts working by activating metabolic processes, which, in turn, stimulates the metabolism. This stimulation allows the liver to produce cartilage cells via insulin-like protein. These cells are responsible for muscle synthesis, bone growth, and organ growth.
Once the body starts utilizing HGH, it starts promoting the growth of almost every organ and tissue in the body. HGH has a growth-enhancing effect on the bones and cartilage during adolescence.
The bone remodeling process uses two specialized cells, osteoclasts, and osteoblasts. The osteoclast is responsible for destroying old bones, and osteoblast helps in new bone formation. Human growth hormone speeds up in the creation of these two cells, thus speeding up the bone remodeling process (Olney et al, 2003).
Effects on Craniofacial Development
Stress, malnutrition, illness, and growth hormone deficiency are common causes of growth failure in children. HGH encourages the growth of skeletal muscles and connective tissues since this hormone is responsible for the rising level of protein synthesis.
For children with growth problems, a low amount of HGH will always result in stunted growth. Children who fall below the average growth speed are given HGH replacement therapy, and the difference is obvious within as early as 6-12 months. The HGH is dosed right before bed. Taking growth hormones is best before bedtime since it mimics the body’s natural process of releasing hormones when we are sleeping.
A good indication of growth hormone deficiency in children is that they are chubby and have poor facial development in the midface. Human growth hormone helps children achieve their best potential height, burns fat, and also contributes to muscle and bone mass.
A 2006 study took a look at 57 children with growth hormone deficiency. Growth hormone replacement therapy changed how the craniofacial skeleton developed. The children receiving the growth hormone therapy exhibited increased growth of the craniofacial skeleton (Funatso et al. 2006). They developed a longer ramus and mandible, as well as a larger upper facial height.
Growth hormone replacement therapy improves not only the craniofacial development but also the relationship between the upper and lower teeth. A study on growth hormones given to healthy kids does not exist, as such a study would be unethical. But we can guess that the kids will become taller, have increased craniofacial development, and symptoms typical of acromegaly:
However, a 2017 study looked at 36 Korean kids with either idiopathic short stature (ISS) or growth hormone deficiency (GH) who received growth hormone replacement therapy. The children’s age was 11.3 ± 1.8 years (Choi et al. 2017).
The study showed that growth hormone treatment helps make sure that the children all get at least average craniofacial growth. However, some of the children grew even beyond the norms and established longer faces. This was a common result for the girls with ISS. As a result, the study concluded to proceed with caution when treating girls with ISS.
HGH and Mewing for Children
Mewing with growth hormone treatment while at a young age, or just mewing at a young age in general, can give tremendous results. Bones and muscles are still developing quickly because all the growth plates are open, and HGH is present in abundance. Mewing can be used most effectively here to help guide correct craniofacial development.
One of the best ages to start mewing is 7-8 years old, according to John Mew (YouTube), but this will still depend on the severity of the case. At this age, mewing helps in making sure that jaws grow correctly; however, as the child grows older, mewing helps in correcting the teeth by giving them room to grow.
HGH and Mewing for Adults
Adults have different reasons to use synthetic HGH, but the two most common are for anti-aging or HGH deficiency. People can be deficient in HGH due to genetics, or from AIDS & chemotherapy. Those who undergo medical treatments to treat cancer or AIDS need HGH to be able to deal with possible side effects.
Mewing during adulthood will not give the same effects as mewing during childhood. But although bone remodeling is faster in children, adults still remodel 10% of their bone. Mewing will make small, gradual changes over time, and any little thing you can do to increase HGH during this period will help with your results.
HGH and Insulin Interaction
Insulin is one of the most anabolic hormones in the body and is responsible for building bones. However, HGH inhibits insulin and vice-versa (Ji et al, 1999). When one is high, the other will be low. This is why when taking MK-677, you will be more insulin resistant. The HGH released by the MK-677 directly combats the release of insulin (Rabinowitz et al, 1966). This will prevent insulin from shuttling nutrients into your cells and growing new bones.
However, HGH still increases bone remodeling. Even though new bone is less likely to be built because of insulin resistance, you’re still breaking down a lot of old bone. And this can pave the way for future mewing gains. However, this is all theory at this point. There are no studies and also no examples of people who have documented their progress with mewing and MK-677.
Alternatively, instead of taking MK-677, you could cycle between insulin and HGH by doing periodic fasts, such as OMAD (One Meal A Day), or alternate-day fasting.
But again, we don’t have much to go on here. This stuff simply hasn’t been researched. If you want to be a guinea pig for mewing, talk to your doctor before starting any diets or taking any substances to help you with mewing.
How to Increase HGH
If you feel like you’re deficient in growth hormone, see your doctor to possibly get on replacement therapy. However, if you’re normal and feel like you could use a slight boost, try the following tips. Adopting a healthy lifestyle, taking supplements, and watching what you eat will all help increase growth hormone. But here are some other ways to increase your HGH levels:
1. Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting is when you give your body an 8-hour window to eat for the day and spend the other 16 hours fasting. There are multiple approaches to intermittent fasting, but this 8-16 window is the most popular one.
Intermittent fasting helps increase your HGH levels via two methods; by making sure you lose body fat and by keeping your insulin level low. Surging insulin levels will interrupt your normal growth hormone production.
2. Control Insulin
Insulin can work against HGH. To that end, you must make sure to avoid excessive sugar consumption. High sugar intake is also associated with diabetes and obesity, which also hinders the production of HGH.
However, HGH releases insulin, and they can work together to help you retain muscle. The trick is to not have to get your insulin from excessive sugar and carbs. You want to be strategic on how you go about it. For more on managing insulin and other hormones, visit our fat loss guide.
3. Drop the Belly Fat
Belly fat is categorized as the most dangerous form of stored fat and is associated with many diseases. Men who have more belly fat are also more likely to have less HGH production.
Moreover, obese individuals have less HGH and growth-related proteins. However, once they start losing the extra weight, their HGH levels return to baseline (Rasmussen et al., 1995).
4. Stay Away From Food Before Bedtime
We know that the body releases HGH typically while we sleep, and when we eat too much food before bedtime, it raises our insulin levels. This sudden increase in insulin may block the production of HGH. Keep in mind that it takes 2-3 hours for the insulin levels to go down.
You should avoid food that is high in carbohydrates and protein about 2-3 hours before your bedtime, though it is fine to have as your last meal. If we are full, sleep deprivation occurs as our bodies try to digest the food first.
The usual surge of nighttime growth hormone disappears with sleep deprivation (Davidson et al., 1991). Sleep deprivation causes less growth hormone since the production of HGH largely depends on the quality of sleep an individual has.
5. Engage in High-Intensity Exercises
The goal of exercising is to increase the levels of HGH in your body and, at the same time, lose the excess weight. Continuous engagement in activity ensures that you reach optimum levels of HGH and keep the extra fat at bay.
Some of the best exercises you can do are weight training, circuit training, sprints, and interval training. For adult males, the minimum is 10 minutes of high-intensity exercise. This assures that there is an increase in growth hormone circulation (Felsing et al. 1992).
6. Take Supplements or a Sports Drink
Supplements such as arginine, GABA, and sports drinks work in increasing HGH levels. Arginine helps with HGH production. A good recommendation is to take 100 or 250mg per kilogram of body weight. Depending on your weight, you can take up to 6-10 or 15-20 grams in a day. A study of participants taking high-dose arginine supplements resulted in slow-wave sleep, which caused a 60% rise in HGH (Besset et al., 1982).
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a neurotransmitter that gives you excellent quality sleep by sending signals to your brain and the central nervous system. Just like with arginine supplements, GABA can provide you high levels of HGH by calming your mind and improving the quality of your sleep.
Sports drinks or protein shakes that you consume around your workout can improve your HGH levels. However, some of these drinks have too much sugar content, which might nullify the sudden surge of growth hormones that come from working out.
You should use sports drinks that contain less sugar and calories, as this makes certain that you don’t add up extra weight. Sports drinks can give you an extra boost of performance to finish a high-intensity workout and delay fatigue. Personally, I would just drink water with electrolytes mixed in, at best.
MK-677 is a secretagogue that helps increase growth hormone levels. Since the human growth hormone is known to speed up bone remodeling, MK-677 is theorized to help with mewing. However, it should never be taken for more than six weeks, as it can permanently reduce your natural growth hormone production.
The generic name for MK-677 is Ibutamoren, and it encourages the natural release of growth hormone in your body by up to 40%. There are a lot of benefits of MK-677: it improves the quality of sleep, lessens the belly fat, strengthens the bones, and gives all the other benefits associated with HGH.
Even though MK-677 is amazing for boosting HGH, it’s also a great piece of advice to not take it continuously for more than six weeks. The pituitary gland will shrink if you give it nothing to do, and it will permanently produce less growth hormone. Some of the side effects of MK-677 are lethargy, high blood sugar, insulin resistance, bloating, and an increase in appetite.
If you’re just starting with MK-677, you should begin with a minimal dosage and gradually increase it, but under the supervision of your doctor.
Though we need more research, there seems to be no reason using human growth hormone while you are mewing wouldn’t give you excellent results. This is especially true if you already made major alterations to your lifestyle and posture.
Work with your physician before taking any supplements. Should you decide to take HGH while mewing, keep in mind that you will need to have good sleep quality and your diet on point.
Once you develop a consistent habit of correct tongue posture, everything else will fall into place. If you’re wondering how long will mewing takes, check out this article, and if you want to learn more about mewing, visit our Ultimate Guide.