Some Natural Methods to Grow Taller Fast

Not all of us are born with the genes of proper height. If you too are short, you may have found yourself getting somewhat disappointed with your height. But you are not the only one who feels that way. We have too much not-so-tall and some quite short men and women who confess to going through this “I wish I was taller” syndrome every once in a while. After all, tallness is one trait which comes with many desirable advantages. But then again, even if you do not really have much of a reason to grow taller, being tall can bring about its positive qualities in your character. For example, being tall is often said to increase your confidence. On the simpler side of life, you do not have walk in those tiring high heeled shoes to look taller or don’t have to climb up that wobbly stool to reach up to the top shelves!

Can You Grow Taller?

Studies have revealed that most of us stop growing in height after reaching our mid-twenties. So, if you have still not passed your mid-twenties chances are you can work up growth plates a little more to become taller. To state it more clearly, you could grow in your height by a few more inches. However, how tall can you grow in height will also depend on some factors to be discussed below.

Factors Affecting Height

There are many factors which play a significant role in determining how much you will grow in your height. Read on to know more –

Genetic Factors

Heredity and genes play the most important role in determining your height. But having said that, there is no reason to conclude that a child will grow up to have short height if both his parents are short or they are of average height. Several genes influence height, and that is why it is said to be a polygenic trait. One stands fair chances of becoming tall if there are tall members in his family tree as he could have inherited the tall gene. While there is no surefire way to calculate what your potential for growing taller is, you can use a formula to estimate the height potential. The formula is –

Predicted height in inches = {(the sum of the heights of both your parents + 5 (if you are a boy) OR – 5 (if you are a girl)} / 2.

The answer you get is your estimated height plus or minus 4 inches. While this is only a rough estimation, it is pretty close to the eventual height you can grow up to.

Miscellaneous Factors

Several non-genetic factors are also responsible on how much tall you grow. These factors are interestingly determined by the environmental factors that directly affect the individual. Growing in height is usually seen as a healthy sign of growth, and if your increase in tallness is stunted abruptly, it could indicate the influence of unhealthy factors. One such cause could be exposure to tobacco smoke when the individual was in a fetal state in the mother’s womb. The quality of parental or postnatal care can also influence the height of a person. Besides, if illness struck an individual during childhood or puberty, it could also stunt one’s growth in height. Low birth weight is also often shown to be the reason behind a person’s unlikely shorter stature.

Factors Inhibiting Height

There are certain elements called growth inhibitors which can keep you from attaining your potential height. These are usually external factors and rather, some bad lifestyle practices which can be avoided to help your body growth to its maximum, inherent potential. Two such standard malpractices include drugging and alcohol abuse. Both drugs and alcohol are growth stunting factors which will drag you away from reaching your potential height. If you are into steroids at a young age, then be informed that this too can cause a block in the healthy growth of your height.

These addictions are should all the more be avoided in the teens because these substances tend to stunt the development of the bones by closing the growth plates. Research has shown that smaller children and teens, who, are into asthma medication which contains small amounts of budesonide (a type of steroid) grow an inch shorter than their healthier peers of the same age and same height potentials.

Caffeine too needs to be taken into account in this regard as it has been found to be yet another growth inhibitor in small children. However, it does not affect a child directly. Caffeine works by keeping one awake for a long time. With less sleep, the body is not able to grow to its fullest potential, and thus, caffeine becomes and indirect inhibitor of height. Both small children and teenagers need about 8 to 11 hours of sound sleep for their bodies to develop and grow to their fullest potential. Too much caffeine can thus cause one to grow to a short height.

Natural Methods of Growing Taller

Enough Sleep

enough sleep

A restful sleep is one of the fundamental factors influencing the healthy growth of a child. Whether it is a small child or a teen, he needs to sleep at least 8 hours in a day. Adding to that, a total of 11 hours of sound sleep is considered far better for promoting healthy growth of the body. It is during the process of sleeping that the body regenerates its tissues and grows. The slow waves coupled with the deep sleep cycles helps in releasing the Human Growth Hormone which naturally increases a proper height. So, this means that as a child and a teenager gets enough restful sleep, his body has more scopes of growing to its maximum potential height.

There are several ways to ensure that you are getting enough sleep. Time management plays an important role here which will help you to keep aside sufficient time for your sleep. Secondly, creating an environment conducive to sleeping by eliminating strong lights and noises can contribute to induce sleep easily. It is also important that caffeinated drinks are not offered to children and teens and more importantly at bedtime to rob them of their precious sleep. On the other hand, however, relaxing teas like chamomile tea can be taken for a restful, deep sleep.

Balanced Diet

balanced diet

Eating healthy with a balanced diet plays a crucial role in the body’s healthy growth and development, both of which directly impact your height. To be able to grow to your full height, eat only healthy foods and give up on junk food items. Get more of fishes, dairy products, mushrooms, pork, tofu, eggs, alfalfa and all foods enriched with vitamin D.

Expose yourself to a healthy dose of sunlight too for more of this vitamin. It ensures a healthy development of the bone. Calcium too plays a crucial role in growth and development of bones. Include cheese, fortified cereals, green veggies, sardines and soybeans to get more of this nutrient. Let your body absorb more zinc through peas, eggs, chocolate, oysters, and asparagus. Note that lack of zinc is often the reason for the stunted growth in children.

Also, load up on the other essential nutrients like carbohydrates and protein. Consult the doctor if you should be taking nutrient supplements should foods not suffice. Eating three balanced meals in a day and healthy snacking in between boosts metabolism and promotes healthy growth

Regular Exercise

exercises to grow taller

Give your body enough exercise with a healthy dose of physical activities like sports and workouts. There is a simple science behind how physical activities help in increasing your height. If the body is more engaged in physical activities, its demand for more nutrients naturally increases. As the body’s demand increases and one fulfill it with a balanced diet, the growth stimulating hormones are harmoniously released and once keep on growing taller in a healthy manner.

Children and teens need to be physically active for their body to grow as per their maximum potential. Even for those who have crossed the age of 18 are recommended to participate actively in physical activities to add few more inches to their height before the growth plates close around the mid-twenties.

Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise and is a known contributor to promoting height. Swimming causes the muscles to stretch. For those who begin swimming at an early age, it greatly helps them in reaching their maximum potential height. To grow taller by swimming you should make a swimming routine of 2 hours daily for 4 to 5 days every week. This apart, hanging exercises are an also an excellent way to add to your height. Perform hanging exercises from a horizontal bar. This will stretch your arms and instigate a gradual increase in height when done on a regular basis. The best stretches are still those which are done not only by extending the arms but also by bringing the legs up.

Toe touching is also a good exercise to increase height as it elongates the spine. Similar to this is the super stretch which is done by standing and leaning back to stretch. If done regularly in several repetitions this exercise can also help you grow taller.

Other Methods of Becoming Taller

There are some distinct ways of augmenting your height. These include supplements, surgery and last but not the least, the expert advice of a healthcare provider. These are as discussed below –

Height-enhancing Supplements

The market is flooded with supplements that promise to grow you taller in days. While many of these could be legitimate claims, beware of the false ones. Check for the possible side-effects before purchasing any tallness supplement. In most cases, the height enhancing supplements are a combination of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients which potentially promote height. To be on the safe side, it is best to opt for a supplement which is made up of 100% natural ingredients. One such product is Ashwagandha, which is Indian ginseng loaded with minerals that increase the bone density and broaden the skeleton to help you grow taller by a few inches. This supplement works if you are still within the height increasing age. It is recommended to be taken daily for the best results. It is mixed with milk and is to be drunk before bedtime.

The Advice of a Health Expert

expert advice

Often, it happens that in a family while all the other siblings are taller, only one of them is of stunted growth. This could be caused by a deficiency in the growth hormone of that child. Sometimes, childhood conditions like rickets can inhibit the healthy growth of a child at a very early age. These factors can make it difficult for an individual to attain his full height even after he has reached his full physical maturity. These situations call for medical assistance. A doctor can suggest the various healthy lifestyle choices that that individual can make to reach as close as possible to his potential height.

Leg Enhancing Surgery

Leg Enhancing Surgery to increase height

This is one of the latest medical interventions that can cause one to have more height than they originally had. The procedure involves breaking the bones of the lower legs and inserting between the tibia and fibula a telescopic rod. The rod that is inserted sits outside the framework of the leg and requires to be adjusted several times in a day. When the rod becomes adjusted it pulls both the bones and creates a gap which is expected to be filled by new tissues. The rod pulls the bones by 1mm each day. The entire process of this surgery can last six months. This again may be followed by 3 to 6 months more of therapies which could be physically demanding. If successful, this surgery can increase one’s height by 3 inches. However, this procedure is quite expensive and is said to be painful. Further, it can also lead to other complications.

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