Being a polygenic trait, a person’s height is determined by genes to a significant extent. Apart from the genetic factors, height is also related to growth factor. It is a common belief that height gain halts when a person enters adulthood as the human body loses its natural ability to grow and develop.
The age of 18 is the transition stage between childhood and adulthood. During adolescent period, several hormonal changes take place within the human body. It indeed is good news that an individual can grow 2 to 6 inches taller even after turning 18. Scientists have discovered that the human body is capable to further grow and develop. Therefore, there is a possibility to increase height with some external help.
Normal Growth And Development:
It is very important to know about the normal human growth process before even delving into the methods of increasing height.
A baby measures about 20 inches at birth and will grow 10 inches to become 30 inches in one year. At two years, the child will be about 35 inches tall. From two to twelve years, the child will grow up to 2 to 2 and half inches every year. The growth spurt that happens in adolescents starts at eleven years for girls and thirteen years for boys. The pubertal growth lasts for two years and it is followed by sexual development. The hormones secreted during adolescence affects the growth to a great extent. The growth rate slows down around 16-18 years. This happens when the growing ends of the bones fuse.
Now, what does bone fusing mean? There is an epiphyseal plate at the end of each bone. Epiphyseal plate is a hyaline cartilage that is found in children and adolescents. In adults, the epiphyseal plate is replaced by an epiphyseal line since growth has stopped. Endochondral ossification is responsible for bone development from cartilage and longitudinal growth of long bones from epiphyseal plate. There is constant cell division by mitosis in the epiphyseal plate. The daughter cells stack faces the epiphyseal plate and the old cells push towards diaphysis.
After chondrocytes in the epiphyseal plate degenerate, osteoblasts ossify the remains and the new bone is formed. In adolescents, the rise in the levels of estrogen triggers increased apoptosis (programmed cell death) of chondrocytes in the epiphyseal plate.
The depletion chondrocytes due to apoptosis leads to less ossification and thus the growth slows down. Finally, the growth stops and the epiphyseal cartilage are replaced by a bone leaving behind a tiny epiphyseal scar which disappears. So once the person becomes an adult, the only way to increase height is by a process called distraction osteogenesis.
The height of adults depends on genes, the start of puberty and the duration and growth spurt during puberty.
How To Increase Height After 18 Years?
Though, it is possible to increase height after the age of 18 years, extra effort is required in order to reap positive results since the development of the body slows down gradually. It’s a well-known fact that nutrition is imperative for further growth and development, most importantly for natural height gain. In addition to this, a number of other factors should also be taken into consideration to trigger height growth after attaining the age of 18. Here are healthy ways on how to increase height naturally after 18.
11 Effective Tips for Height Growth After 18 Years:
Here are 11 simple ways to increase height after 18 years.
1. Healthy Breakfast:
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it should fill up the stomach. Even if you are going to the gym make sure you are carrying some food in your bag. Never exercise on an empty stomach, have a protein bar or a fruit at least. It is recommended to have a healthy breakfast.Skipping breakfast is not at all a healthy option for your growth and it also affects your height. Having proper breakfast boosts your metabolism and thus has a positive effect on your height.
Start your day with a breakfast cereal like oats. You can make oat porridge with milk and incorporate dry fruits like cashews and raisins in it to make it delicious. You must have an egg as it is rich in vitamin D and helps to absorb calcium. Calcium helps to strengthen bones and helps in increasing height by aiding in ossification process. You can also have cornflakes with milk and include fiber rich fruits like apples, bananas and strawberries. Those who are lactose intolerant can try protein rich soy milk and fresh yogurt. Oats, yogurt and berries make a great breakfast combination.
Remember protein, vitamin D and calcium is essential for a good height.
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