How to Start Using Peptides (Injections)
Peptides have been shown to aid in muscle growth, fat loss, skin health, hair health, anti-aging, and too many others to mention. While they might seem hard to understand they’re actually remarkably simple and once you know what you’re doing you should be off to the races. Here’s the 101 on using Peptides.
What are Peptides?
Peptides can be described as amino acids that are bound with peptide bonds – hence the name. Depending on the amino acid sequence and length it might have different effects when administered to the human body. Doctors adjust and change peptides to gain preferable results before putting them through rigorous tests and releasing them for medical use.
Peptides can be used in the fitness and health world if you are training and dieting correctly – they all go together. If you need to set up a complete program, you might want to consider Muscle and Brawn to find a clinic or hire a coach.
Step 1: Identify your Goals
Before you go ahead and click ‘Add to Cart’ you need to understand which peptides to use. The very first thing you’d need to do is understand what your goals are.
- Muscle growth will require you to use peptides that increase IGF-1 levels or recovery. It will also require you to eat a diet rich in protein and calories
- Fat loss is what most of us want, and the peptides to look for are the ones that either increase HGH production or work via the HGH-lipolysis axis
- Anti-aging is why most women use peptides. Plenty of peptides can help with this, including the ones that work via the HGH axis or increase collagen production. Others might also help, like the ones which improve IGF-1 release, since it’s been linked to skin and hair health
- Sexual health is something that not a ton of peptides help with, but there are a few select ones that will increase either male or female sex hormones and function
- Overall health can also be improved by general peptide use
By knowing what your goals are you can start designing your plan by picking the actual peptides. Making use of medical studies along with reviews will give you the best idea of which peptides work best.
One thing you need to consider are side effects.
Step 2: Consider the Side Effects
Peptides aren’t perfect but then again, nothing is. There are side effects to everything in life and peptides are no different. Peptides’ side effects will depend on the mechanism of action they work in. No peptide works identically to another and therefore the sides might be similar but won’t be identical either.
Here are some of the most noticeable side effects:
- Pain at injection sites is common for almost any injection. Peptides will cause some pain at the various injection sites but not too much. If you inflame or the area turns red and hot, see a doctor
- Most Growth Hormone Boosters will cause mild insulin resistance. HGH will cause the liver to dump glycogen into the blood, therefore raising blood sugar levels. Done for too long or too carelessly, this can cause insulin resistance
- Water resistance might occur with some of the HGH boosters as well. HGH will naturally draw a tiny bit of water into the cells making you a tad more ‘waterry’
- Organ impacts will be prominent with some select peptides. The number of peptides that will impact the kidneys or the liver is quite low, but they are there
Now that you know that, you need to know yourself. You as an individual need to know your own medical markers. If you already have high A1C levels then taking CJC-1295 might not be a good idea since it will cause even more insulin resistance.
If you have impaired kidney function then taking Melanotan II would be a bad idea since a few studies suggest that it may impact the kidneys negatively. If you have a family history of cancer then taking pure IGF-1 would be a very bad idea.
Seems overwhelming, right? With more than 50 different peptides to choose from it might be hard to find the right ones for you. This is why hiring a coach has been helpful for some people since all these coaches do all day is study peptides and their use in the general population and athletes.
Step 3: Plan Plan Plan
Knowing everything you do now you would need to start planning your entire ‘cycle’. Here are the things to consider:
- Which peptides you will use based on the aforementioned factors
- Dosage, timing of dosage, and duration of dosage is another key factor seeing this would ‘make or break’ your results. Take too little and you won’t get anything. Take too much and you suffer side effects. Do your research on medical papers about the peptides
- Injection sites and protocol are the thing most people struggle with. Ensure you are well-educated on the injection sites, how to draw/prepare peptides, how to store them, and how to inject
- Tell someone what and how much you are using. This is a trick bodybuilders use to keep themselves safe in case of an emergency. In case you need to see a doctor or go to the emergency room for an unrelated event the doctors have to know about any and all medication or peptides you are using
- Know it will have to end. Unless your peptides are used to treat a chronic condition you will probably have to stop at some point. If you are getting amazing benefits just know you will have to treat the underlying condition at some point
And that’s pretty much everything you need to know about taking peptides – or at least everything you need to know about getting started. Before purchasing or using anything do as much research as you can and always be prepared.