Top 5 myths about getting taller

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I am often surprised about what people believe when it comes to height. The problem is that people are very poorly educated about this subject. I'm not saying that education is important, but you would think that more people would take an interest in something that has a huge impact on our life, and there's plenty of evidence to back that up - one example being that women are more attracted to taller men.

That's why I'd like to write about the top myths that people falsely believe are true.

 

Myth 1: Our height is determined purely by our genetics

It's true that genetics play a big part of our height. If your parents are tall, the chances are that you will be tall, however if you parents are short, don't give up on your height because there's plenty you can do to ensure you growth is maximised. For example evidence suggests that diet can impact your height by up to 4 inches. Other factors which can have a significant impact are posture, sleep, exercise and lifestyle choices. I recommend that you read the environmental factors within my guide to growing taller for more information.

Myth 2: You can still grow after puberty has finished

Upon reaching adolescence, we stop growing. Apart from improving your posture, there's simply no viable way of growing taller anymore. This comes as a shock to most teenagers, as it's the first time in their life that they are not growing. Most people are in denial, thinking that they might have one last spurt; if you are one of those people, think again. The reason why it's impossible to grow any taller at this stage in your life is due to fusion of your growth plates. These are zones within your linear bones (legs and arms) that develop new bone and ultimately increase your bone length. Once these plates are fused, your bones will not grow any more, not matter what you do. They normally fuse between the ages of 16-18 in males, but 13-14 in females. So for example, in males any growth after the age of 18 will be minimal, unless you are of course an unusually late developer.

Myth 3: We are usually taller than our parent because our diets are better

Once you stop growing, it's downhill all the way. People shrink as they get older, caused by a number of factors such as poor posture, osteoporosis, spinal disc compression and wearing of cartilage. On average we lose 1 inch between ages 30 to 70 and a further 1 inch from 70 to 80. It's an ever increasing rate of shrinkage, so if your in your twenties - don't worry, your height loss will be negligible. It's only when you hit your middle ages that you will start to notice the height loss.

Myth 4: Our height will not effect our career, relationships and friend circles

There's been many independant studies on these topics. Each one has proven that height has a considerable positive impact on the quality of our life. Although it might not be the case with everyone, on average taller people earn more money, have more attractive partners and a wider range of friends.

Myth 5: Sleep patterns won't have any impact on my height  

Everyone knows sleep plays a huge role in our lives. It makes us fees great, helps our bodies repair and processes the removal of unwanted thoughts within our brain for a clearer mind. On top of that, sleep helps us grow taller. To summarize, aim to sleep at the same time every night, avoid sleep hindering foods such as dark chocolate, caffeine and alcohol. Growth hormone is released about half an hour into our sleep, and lasts about another one hour thereafter. It's incredibly important that you do not wake up during this period. Doing so will have a huge negative impact on growth hormone secretion resultig in growth stunting of pre-adolescents.

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