Shorter Parents Don’t Mean You Won’t Grow Taller
Growing taller is subjective: it varies depending on culture, age, sex, and biological factors. There are people out there who claim to gain a good two inches from trying a strange, foreign contraption. Still others say drinking milk and sleeping dark rooms are effective means to reach your ideal height. But is there any truth in them?
Growing Tall Myth #1: Sleeping a lot will make you taller.
There’s no conclusive evidence to prove this. While getting enough sleep is necessary for growing children and teens, you can’t really grow taller by just sleeping. Some people believe in this myth because one generally appears taller in the morning than late in the afternoon. That’s simply due to the backbone losing fluid because of activity.
If you’re still in your teens or approaching your twenties, it’s a good idea to catch plenty of Z’s so your body can properly repair itself. However, height is mostly controlled by genetics – so don’t feel bummed if you’ve been sleeping and haven’t grown an inch yet!
Growing Tall Myth #2: Swimming improves your height.
Not exactly. However, it does help align your back; especially during breast stroke. When you swim, water eases the pressure of gravity on your spine, helping to straighten it. This exercise will certainly make bones and muscles stronger – but not really help much in terms of growing taller. Your body only appears lengthened because of your posture AND water refraction.
Growing Tall Myth #3: Short parents mean short children.
A very common myth with NO basis. There are plenty of parents whose offspring are taller than they are. Mothers and fathers who are less than 5’4 can beget children who are 6′ in height. That’s just one of the many miracles of genetics. So don’t despair if you have short parents. Ask your doctor about alternative ways on how you can grow taller today.
Growing Tall Myth #4: Drinking calcium and Vitamin D increases height.
Not if you’re already past your growing years. There’s no significant evidence to prove that Calcium, coupled with vitamins A and D, can improve growth after teen years. What it does is PRESERVE height and strengthen bones. It’s still a good idea to keep taking these supplements – especially if you’re deficient – not for height, but to remain healthy.
Growing Tall Myth #5: Basketball makes you taller.
As mentioned, ANY exercise is good for you – but not necessarily for growing tall. If you lead an active lifestyle, it can definitely maintain a good body. In developing children and teens, this is vital so they can reach their maximum height. Sports also contribute to good posture, which makes people look taller. Stay active, but don’t worry about your height too much (unless it’s basketball!).
Height is an advantage, particularly for certain careers or fields. It’s normal for most folks to want to grow taller – even after their twenties. But instead of believing in myths, consult professional medical opinion. There ARE methods to gain an inch or two more, even as an illusion. Wearing the right clothing for instance, can help you appear taller. Flared jeans, smaller bags, and heels are a few suggestions.
So don’t immediately accept everything you hear. It may have worked for them, but everybody’s different.