Being taller has advantages including greater social status. While your height is dependent on your genetics, there are ways you can increase the height of your children. Once you have stopped growing and your growth plateshave fused, there isn’t much you can do to get taller.
For children and teens, increasing the Human Growth Hormone (HGH) can make them taller. There are foods that you can eat that will help stimulate the body’s production of HGH.
The most important steps are to eat a variety of healthy food, avoid sugar, and keep weight at proper levels.
So… what foods will boost HGH?
Before bed, snack on pineapple. It contains serotonin, a hormone that is synthesized into melatonin. Melatonin helps you sleep better and your body produces more HGH.
Other melatonin rich foods include tart cherries, peanuts, corn, asparagus, tomatoes, grapes, pomegranate, olives, broccoli, cucumber, rice, barley, rolled oats, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and flaxseed.
These foods are also good for you. Just remember that nuts are high in healthy fats and calories, so don’t go overboard or you will grow out as well as up.
Arginine, an amino acid, increases HGH. Studies indicate that you need about 15-20 grams per day. That is quite a bit, so choose foods carefully. Turkey breast is the highest in arginine, at 16 grams per breast.
Other foods high in arginine include pork loin, chicken, pumpkin seeds, soybeans, and peanuts. In order not to gain too much weight, you may need to supplement your arginine rich foods with a supplement.
If you want to grow, you need protein. The amino acids in protein are used by your body to create all the tissues from organs to bones. Beef has been shown to help you synthesize L-orthinine, an amino acid that plays a role in healthy cells.
Eat grass-fed beef, coconut meat, pasture raised chicken and omega 3 enriched eggs.
Plant based proteins are as healthy as meat proteins, so don’t worry that your teen vegetarian will necessarily be short.
You need vitamin D to keep bones healthy and functional. We have to get vitamin D from specific sources, including sunshine. Vitamin D is extremely important to your health. Try eating foods like tuna, mackerel, salmon, fortified milk, beef liver, cheese and egg yolks.
Vitamin D can be toxic, so don’t start supplements without a doctor’s advice. You shouldn’t overdose on vitamin D from eating food.
Vitamin D protects against cancer, high blood pressure, and type I diabetes while deficit leads to soft bones.
Calcium is extremely important if you want to grow taller. It is the base of your bones, teeth and helps maintain communication between your brain and the rest of your body. Your body uses calcium to regulate muscle contractions, so it is very important for your heart.
Your body can not efficiently absorb calcium without vitamin D.
Eat calcium rich foods like milk (often fortified with vitamin D), yogurt, nuts and seeds, beans, dark green leafy vegetables, and sardines.