By Engracia S. Arceo, MPH, RMT
Tall people have several advantages over shorter people. Be it with jobs or just an added boost in their confidence, height really matters. Although your genes dictate much on how tall you will grow, there are possible things that you can do to maximize your growth potential.
Your diet ensures that your body gets all the essential nutrients to grow taller. For every meal, you should have a balanced diet. It should have 40% carbohydrate, 40% protein and 20% fats. Vitamins and minerals are also crucial for bone development. Eat foods rich in vitamin C and D and high calcium foods. Avoid carbonated beverages since they reduce the amount of calcium in the body.
To maximize your growth, complement your balanced diet with proper exercises. High intensity trainings with higher repetitions boost the level of growth hormone in the body. Right after an intensive work out, the level of growth hormone rises which stimulates the muscles and bones to grow. Include a lot of stretching exercises to make you look taller.
The last option for people who want to grow taller is the use of supplements. These growth enhancing drugs are available with your local pharmacists. But before you take any of these supplements, ask your doctor’s advice.
When you are below 18, you should have sufficient sleeping hours because it is 2 hours after sleep that the Growth Hormone or GH is increased in its concentration causing growth of cells and tissues in the body. This is the time that the bone epiphyses grow to meet each other. Adequate sleep will not only enhance the secretion of the growth hormone, but it will also promote good health and wellness. When people do not sleep, they experience disorientation, forgetfulness, lack of muscle coordination and many more abnormal conditions.
Live a healthy lifestyle by avoiding substances of abuse like alcohol, cigarettes and other illicit drugs. These substances can cause physical and emotional dependence, which can muddle the mind and destroy the body.
If you observe all these tips, then you can be sure, you can maximize your growth mentally, physically and emotionally.