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Taller Heels and Foods to Grow Taller
Can certain foods make you grow taller? The answer is, “Yes!” — if you’re under the age of 22. Girls typically reach full height by 18; boys keep growing into their early 20s.
What Determines Height?
Human height is determined by both genetic and environmental factors. To date, only one gene that influences height has been identified although genome studies suggest over 180 gene loci are associated with height.
Immigrants from famine-plagued parts of Europe throughout the 19th and 20th noticed that their sons and daughter, beneficiaries of superior American nutrition, grew much taller than their parents. Food plays an important role in height.
What Foods Make You Grow Taller?
Growing taller involves the lengthening of bones. Bones need calcium. Teenagers who want to grow taller need to make sure their diets contain plenty of calcium-rich foods like dairy products and leafy green vegetables.
Certain vitamins are also key for maximizing calcium absorption from the intestinal tract. Vitamin D is a precursor of the hormone calcitriol, which increases the absorption of calcium. Vitamin C also increases calcium absorption, and moreover, prevents the body from leaching calcium from healthy bone and teeth to maintain serum levels.
Proteins are important to provide the body with the amino acids it needs to manufacture oxygen-carrying red blood cells and maintain cartilage and muscle.
Finally, the mineral zinc influences pituitary gland hormones like somatotropin that control growth. Zinc is found in a variety of foods, including oysters, chocolate and peanuts.
Height Insoles Are Your Best Bet
If you’re over the age of 22 or so, you’re not going to grow taller no matter what you eat. Insole lifts are the most reliable way to add inches. You’ll be comfortably surprised by how comfortable and effective today’s height insoles have become. Try a pair of LIFTKITS today!