There is nothing wrong with being short, and for most of the time, height can be quite subjective, which means what is short or tall to you might be perceived differently by others. But, there’s also nothing wrong with wanting more height.
However, aiming to add those extra inches takes a lot of dedication, particularly if you’re already beyond your growth spurt age. Being in such a challenge will likely bring up some question, such as: what you should eat, what supplements you should take, or even as odd-sounding as -can stretching make you taller? Well, I’m here to answer such queries.
How to Gain Height
There are a number of ways you can naturally make yourself taller. But, the thing about these methods is that one can only do so much. Take dieting as an example. In itself, eating the right food for height improvement may yield some millimeters, which is quite underwhelming.
However, if you combine it with other means, such as exercise and supplementation, among others, then your growth will be more noticeable. Simply put, if you really want to get results, you need to put in the effort of including as many of these height improvement techniques as possible. You can’t just stretch your way to an inch or two.
Just like with other methods for increasing height, once you’re over the peak of your development and active growth phase, there isn’t much you can do to naturally adjust your body’s anatomy, even with dieting. However, that is not to say eating the proper meals won’t have influence as to how you present yourself.
Maintaining a fit body actually gives you more opportunity to improve height potential. Although slimming down from being just slightly overweight doesn’t really result in any groundbreaking height upgrade, doing so from an obese state will make the change more evident.
Remember how we tackled upon the influence of your intervertebral discs to your stature? Well, being clinically obese will put a lot of strain on such sensitive parts, especially with gravity continuously pulling you down. This unhealthy situation might even give rise to more serious complications and other spinal discs-related disorders.
Keeping proper posture will also be harder to do if you’re obese, which will likely lead to chronic slouching. And albeit sometimes overlooked, not being able to stand erect can have considerable impact on your self-confidence, making it tougher to correct your body mechanics.
For the most part, the best way to eat your way towards a healthy body is through a good balance of carbs, fats, proteins, and vitamins and minerals. For a more in-depth guide on dieting to become taller, while also achieving an ideal body weight, here’s a great article to help you out.
The first method we’re going to tackle is exercise. This is also where our main question about stretching, will be addressed. But before you proceed, you need to take the following details with a grain of salt.
You see, exercising or stretching does not necessarily change your height on an anatomical level. It simply corrects your posture, and release some tension on your muscle and bones, therefore making your true height more pronounced. So, it’s not like you magically happen to permanently lengthen your muscles and bones by stretching.
Much of this process has a lot to do with your spine. According to the book by William Adams, 33% of a human’s height is accounted by the spine. And in the same publication, 25% of the human spine’s length is accounted by its intervertebral discs, which are extremely flexible.
I understand that most of you are probably not too keen on discussing numbers. So, to make things easier, all you need to know is that stretching and exercise takes advantage of your intervertebral discs’ suppleness, thus influencing your overall height.
Any anatomy book will tell you that these spinal discs will compress and decompress, with gravity being a primary factor. Without going into too much detail, gravity will naturally push down your spine more while in a standing position compared to when you’re lying down. Therefore, your height after immediately getting out of bed may be slightly taller than the one you’ll have at the end of your day’s business.
To get you started, this article mentions some effective stretching exercises that you can do to relieve spinal tension and correct your body posture, ultimately making yourself look and feel taller.
This piece is also another worthwhile short read, and puts more emphasis on correcting posture, featuring the highly-acclaimed Alexander Technique by Noel Kingsley. For a more visual reference, try this video.
This section is a fairly tricky topic, not just for height amplification, but for almost any dietary enhancements. The most probable cause for this is the increasing proliferation of food supplements that promises results, but never really delivering upon it.
Despite the endless stream of fake products on the market, there are still some supplements that actually contribute to bettering your height. A great example of which is glucosamine sulphate. What makes this element sensible is that it is backed up by a scientific study, unlike other brands that only rely on subjective testimonials without legitimate evidences.
According to a research by R. Swindells BSc and P. W. McCarthy PhD, taking 1500mg of glucosamine sulphate daily for four weeks can yield around 2-4 millimeters increase in height.
However, the same study did conclude that such added tallness may just be the result of slowed diurnal spinal shrinkage caused by the drug, and not any structural alternation, which correlates back to our previous discussion about intervertebral discs. So, by slowing down your spine compression, you will appear much taller for longer period.
Hopefully, these methods will help out on your pursuit for a taller and more confident figure. Keep in mind that although one of these methods may barely add an inch to your progress, particularly the abovementioned supplement, combining each process will result into something fruitful. Every millimeter counts.
Just remember, don’t slouch, eat right, and take supplements responsibly. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment, and I’ll answer them to the best of my abilities. Good luck, and have fun adding those inches, one step at a time.