A person’s height can become a personal issue at times. There is no hiding the fact that good height looks beautiful and is a sign of good health. It is also normal to feel conscious about height since everyone tries to add to their height.
Height is determined by numerous factors, ranging from genetics and diet to climate and lifestyle. The Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is the primary factor that decides height. HGH is secreted by the pituitary gland and signals the body to develop bones, cartilage and overall the entire body. It is also called the master gland since it secretes numerous other important hormones as well.
As mentioned before, there are numerous factors that come into play that determine a person’s height. Care should be taken by the parents from the start. Pregnant women should completely avoid smoking and take care of their diet. A child should be fed properly with a balanced diet to ensure coverage of all nutrients. A person during their growing age requires a lot of calories and nutrients, hence diet plays a significant role at this point.
Do You Stop Growing After 18?
Most people have the misconception that a person stops growing after they have turned 18. The truth is on the contrary, as people tend to grow up to an inch afterward. With the proper exercise, diet and life routines, it is easy to ensure proper growth of height.
What Affects Height?
The following are the main factors that determine the height.
1. Hereditary Genetics
Our genes are primarily responsible for determining much of our physical and mental characteristics, such as height, weight, eye color, blood type, etc.
Hormones are secretions by glands within the body which signal some function. The HGH is an example of secretion by the pituitary gland. They also control metabolism, temperament and other passive activities of the body.
3. Diet and Nutrition
Diet provides the body with the nutrients necessary for growth and healing. Improper, unbalanced or lack of proper diet can easily result in stunted growth. Even a healthy body will be unable to cope with growth if it is not provided with ample nutrition.
The racial profile of a person also comes into play with regard to height. For example, a person hailing from a bloodline that lives in cold areas will have a shorter, stockier build since the body is able to store heat more efficiently this way. People from mountainous areas typically have tall heights as they naturally have strenuous physical routines of crossing mountainous terrain. These traits develop over time and are passed on from parents to children.
The environment and climate are often overlooked but are also contributing factors for height. A bloodline from the cold area will over time adapt to have shorter and stockier builds. This reduces heat loss and the stockier build provides insulation to internal organs. A bloodline from hot climate will have a slender build for rapid heat dissipation and will have average height. An area polluted with bad air and water will have people suffering from stunted growth. These people will be suffering from diseases as a result of living in an unclean environment. The body will have contaminants through food and breathing, which will hinder normal metabolic activities. As a result, they will suffer from stunted growth.
Increasing Height Without Side Effects
Fortunately, there are ways to increase height both during growing age and even after, though the latter is limited.
1. Taking Care of Diet
Taking care of a diet does not mean eating more. Take care of the timings at which food is eaten. The best timings are those which are normally known, such as breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Plan a diet that covers the major macros (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats) as per nutritional requirements. Vitamins and essential minerals are often neglected, though they are vital for normal metabolic activities at a cellular level. Fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of these.
2. Using Supplements
Supplements are also recommended for increasing height. Care should be taken not to select ones that interfere with the hormone cycle within the body. Moreover, they should not be something similar to so-called miracle drugs and such which falsely advertise height gain. Supplements of vitamins, minerals, and proteins are recommended in such cases.
3. Milk and Milk-Based Products
Milk naturally contains a very balanced composition that contains all kinds of nutrients. It is recommended for growing children to drink 2 glasses of milk every day. it contains everything from carbohydrates, proteins, and fats to vitamins and essential minerals.
4. Correcting Bad Posture
Posture is critical for determining good height. It takes discipline from youth to work in posture and to retain it during life. Habits that promote bad posture are sitting slacked, reclining while lying down, and generally positions where the spine is curved for a prolonged duration.
There are many guidelines for correcting bad posture. Keep back straight while walking with head leveled. Do not slouch when sitting, as this reinforces bad habits and damages the spine. When lying down, keep the spine straight. Also, take care of your sleeping area and invest in a good mattress.
Ensuring Proper Height
Elements determining height are a combination of those which are predetermined and those which cannot be controlled. However, taking care of these areas helps in achieving good height which remains throughout life.