Growth Rates

How can you grow taller?

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2017-08-20 08:16:32

A human's height is determined by a number of factors. Genetics

is first and most important. If your parents are short, you are

unlikely to ever bump your head walking through a doorway. A tall

grandparent might give you some hope. Your genes determine the

maximum height you can potentially be.

Other factors can prevent you from reaching that potential.

Growing to be as tall as you can is mostly a matter of avoiding

things that will prevent proper development.

This means that you need to eat a proper balanced diet that

includes calcium-rich foods as well as protein to provide material

for both bones and muscles. There really is no one miracle food

that you need to reach your full potential height, it's a matter of

balanced nutrition. Reasonable amounts of exercise should also

help, but care needs to be taken to avoid high-impact activities

that can injure bones and joints in the critical growth period.

Swimming and running are good. Extreme weightlifting less so.

Growth is controlled by hormones. Hormones are chemicals

produced by various glands in the body. Their production can be

affected by other chemicals, and so it would only make sense that

the less foreign chemicals make it into your system the better your

chances to be taller would be. As trite as that sounds, don't

smoke, kids. Avoiding drugs and industrial chemicals is also a good


The above largely applies to teenagers. Humans generally stop

growing by their early 20's. Any significant height changes after

that are highly unlikely.

A lot of people are very insecure about their height. There are

many companies out there trying to take advantage of that by

selling "miracle pills", exercise systems, diets, and silly

gadgets. Shoe lifts were all the rage about 40 years ago. Gadgets

are junk. Exercise systems can cause injury. Diets can affect your

body, but not in the vertical dimension. None of this stuff will

make you taller, no matter what the sellers claim.

There are no magic pills or potions that can increase your

height once you have finished growing. Your height is predetermined

in your genetic make up.

Pills can be especially dangerous. At best, these things will do

nothing. At worst, you risk unbalancing your endocrine system, and

that can get really nasty. Human hormonal balance is a delicate

thing, easy to upset and tough to fix. Hormone imbalances can cause

men to grow breasts and women to grow mustaches. Use of growth

hormones has been linked to cancer. Personally, I would take short

and alive over tall and dead from cancer any day.

If you are a teenager and have a concern about your growth, see

an endocrinologist. They can run tests and see if your glands are

working properly. If there is a problem, it is best to catch it

early to have the best chance of fixing it. The tests involve

checking hormone levels. The answers can only come from a lab and

not from a website.

If you are an adult, you are pretty much stuck being the height

you are. There is an extremely difficult and painful surgical

method of adding length to your limbs that involves breaking bones

and gradually stretching them with special devices so that new bone

grows to close the gap. It's called the Ilizarov technique, and

it's about the only thing proven to work. As any surgery, it is

risky, and no reputable doctor will do it unless you have a genuine

case of dwarfism.

One thing you can do is dress well. Monochrome colors to

maintain a solid, uninterrupted look. No short sleeves or


Your best bet is to change your outlook. Short people have it

great - they can drive smaller cars and pay less for gas. They use

less fabric for clothes. Besides, height is not what makes a

person. Napoleon, being slightly less tall than the average

Frenchman of his time, managed to conquer most of Europe.

Nutrition: Foods rich in calcium (for bone growth, repair and

strengthening), proteins (required for growth hormone production),

zinc and vitamins

Exercises: Mostly stretching exercises like the Cat stretch,

wall stretch, sit up stretch, hanging, swimming and the yawn.

Sleep: having enough sleep. Uninterrupted sleep at least 8 hours

of sleep a day.

I want to be over 6'8-6'11

I guess you have to eat the amount of food what the food pyramid

says and exercise. That's what i heard as advice.

No one can really make themselves grow taller because your height

depends on your genes. But if you eat a balenced diet, your body

will grow more compared to someone who doesn't eat as well.

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