IGF-1 Blood Test (Insulin-Like Growth Factor 1)
IGF-1 is a hormone that is mostly produced by the liver and plays roles in not only growth but also in overall health and biohacking. This IGF-1 blood test can help you establish your baseline and can be used to monitor your IGF-1 progress.
The traditional use of the IGF-1 test can be helpful to determine why a child may not be growing or developing. However, IGF-1 plays a critical role in aging, heart health, obesity, brain function, and more. Lower IGF-I levels can hamper the body’s ability to heal itself and therefore affect the quality of life and a lower lifespan.
How can I increase my IGF-I levels?
Increasing IGF-1 levels is possible and you may need to work with a healthcare practitioner to implement fully. That said, here are some general ways to increase IGF-1 blood levels:
- Diet– Increase proteins, and decrease simple sugars. Also decreasing inflammatory foods by using the MRT food sensitivity test.
- Exercise– When you exercise, your body is slightly damaged. This tells your brain to release growth hormone that tells your liver to release IGF-1.
- Sleep– Your body goes into repair mode while you sleep. Getting enough of high-quality sleep can boost your IGF-1 levels.
- Hormone therapy– There are certain types of hormone therapies that can increase IGF-1 blood levels.
The key is to know your IGF-1 blood level baseline. From there you can take action and use this blood test to monitor your progress.
What’s Being Tested:
- IGF-1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor 1)