The external appearances play an important role in the life of a person. The external factors include skin tone, weight, height, dressing sense and facial; expressions etc. People judge others by having a look at these factors. One of the external characteristic is the height of the individual. Some people are bestowed with a tall stature while others are not. Those tall people are possessed of self confidence and self esteem. They have a magnificent look associated with them. The short or medium sized people always look for ways to increase their height because they have low willpower and confidence. The height of a person is decided by genes but it is not arbitrarily the case. Several other factors also affect the height of a person like poor nutrients, lifestyle, stress and cigarettes smoking. The height of a person is attributed to HGH hormone secreted by the pituitary gland. Men do not grow after 24 years of age and women do not grow after 18 years of age. But it is easy to grow a few inches taller after crossing 24 years of age. This can be achieved by eating certain well nutrient foods and some exercises. Some healthy habits like getting up and going to bed early, proper diet regime and yoga also helps in growing tall.
1. Indian Ginseng :
It is also known as Ashwagandha. It has no direct correlation with that of the height of the body. Yet it stimulates the pituitary gland to secrete more HGH to result in more growth. Indian ginseng can be bought from all leading ayurvedic stores. It’s essential constituents broaden the bones of the body and increase their density. Two tablespoons of ginseng is mixed with warm water or warm milk. It is better to avoid sugar. Add jaggery instead. Stir well and drink daily for about two months to grow well. However a serious disadvantage is that we must avoid other foods completely to see the desired effects.
2. Milk and Milk Products :
The milk has abundant amount of calcium that is essential for growing. Calcium helps in the enlargement of the bones and increases their strength. Besides it also has vitamins like A and E which help in rapid development of the body. Even having the milk products like curd, buttermilk, yoghurt, cottage cheese, margarine, ghee, butter and other dairy products also produces the same desired effects. To witness the growth of the body we must drink at least two to three glasses of milk a day.
3. Yoga :
Yoga has been practised time immemorial for various benefits of the body. There are several yogic postures that help in the growth of the body too. They induce the growth stimulating hormones and aid in overall growth of the body. A particular yoga called as Surya Namaskar comprises of 12 postures that help in the elongation of the muscles and to relieve stress. Several yoga postures like Tadasana and Bhujanga asana help to elongate the spine which results in longer growth of the spinal cord.
4. Meditation, Sunlight and Stretching Exercises :
Sometimes meditation also helps to achieve the maximum growth. It stimulates the pituitary gland which is at the back of the nose in the size of a pea. Exposing our body to sunlight in the early morning also helps to increase growth as the UV rays are low at that time of the day. Besides sunlight also has vitamin D that treats weak bones and increases height. The stretching exercises can be done by people of any age and it helps in the stretching of all parts of the body equally. Some examples of stretching exercises include standing on toes and lifting the hands up, cobra stretch which involves stretching the entire body when lying down and basic leg stretch exercises that can be done at home.
5. Sport Activities :
We must engage in sports activities to maintain a good posture and height. We need to skip a lot where we have to jump a lot. Practicing skipping for at least half an hour a day can result in the growth of the bones. We must also jog in the evenings because it helps us to sweat a lot and increase the height and also to maintain a good posture. We must hang holding onto a horizontal bar for at least six times a day. This helps to grow in height vertically in all parts of the body. Games that require us to jump a lot like tennis and basketball also helps us to increase in height. Even sports activities like swimming and cycling can help us maintain a well toned body.
6. Sleep :
Having a deep and sound sleep helps in maintaining ideal body height because when we sleep soundly the growth hormones are released from the brain into the body. If we have a disturbed and tired sleep then low amount of growth hormone will be secreted. That is why doctors advice the growing children to have about eleven hours of sleep. When we sleep the whole body is relaxed and it results in faster growth. Moreover it helps to relieve from stress which is the main reason for stunted growth.
7. Proper Well Balanced Diet :
A proper well balanced diet will help in attaining the maximum in an individual. The balanced diet will have all the essential nutrients that are essential for the sound functioning of the body like carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and other essential nutrients. The well balanced diets will comprise of foods like carrots, radish, green leafy vegetables and other spices that provide the body with essential nutrients. Along with these diets water is needed to flush the body off the toxins that hinder the growth in our body. It also increases the metabolic rate of the body that has a huge impact on the person’s height. Drink about 10 glasses of water a day for desired effects.
8. Maintaining good Posture :
Good posture is essential for maintaining a good shape to the body. The body needs some good postures to be able to grow in height. We must try sitting without any bends and slouches on our backs. This adversely affects our spinal cord making the height short. If we walk or sit with a straight posture with our backs straight and chin high that results in maintaining the proper height. There are several others postures that needs to be followed to maintain a good shape to the body.
9. Unwanted Habits :
There are several habits that make us dehydrated that adversely affects our height. Leaving the body deprived of water makes it devoid of all nutrients because water in the blood carries all the essential nutrients to all the parts of the body. Alcohols drain the body off its essential nutrients and obstructs detoxification. However alcohol in moderation is needed by the body and excess of it results in serious problems. Several drugs also stop the normal activities of the body. So in order to have a normal height we must abstain from these unwanted practices.
10. Artificial Methods :
As there are many natural means of increasing height, there are many artificial means too. These artificial methods also increase the height of a person superficially.
Wearing height top caps induce the height of the body by stimulating the pituitary gland of the body.
Wearing height insoles inside the shoes also increases the height by 3 to 4 inches.
Yo Yo height increaser is a magnetic therapy that is used by both males and females to extend the spinal cord.
Besides there are several pills available in the drug stores nowadays to stimulate the bone development in the body.