How to get taller is one of the questions deeply pondered by short people everywhere for centuries. Little boys who aspire to be athletes and little girls who dream of becoming models both share the common goal of becoming tall. Unfortunately being tall is not something that can be achieved by sheer hard work and determination. It seems to be that height is not determined by your career choice or preference, but by genetics. Since we are born into our specific gene pool, there is not much we can do to change heredity and therefore do not have much control over manipulating our growth patterns. There are some that would challenge the assertion that one has no control over how tall they can become. The top five myths regarding how to get taller include the following: you can stretch yourself taller, you can sleep yourself taller, you can grow taller by stilt training, you can achieve extra height through meditation, and you can grow taller by consuming the fecal matter of tall people. These myths can all be easily debunked.
It has believed for hundreds of years that one could get taller by laying ones self out on a table, tying ropes to each of their limbs and using some type of device to pull the ropes taught until ones limbs are stretched and effectively elongated. Although, in theory, it may seem sensible to think pulling on something would make it longer, but in reality all this does is merely pull your body apart at the joints, which creates far more problems than it solves.
Whether you are tall or not, all of us have grown to some degree or another. How we get taller is generally experienced by times of growth at night in a phenomenon often labeled ‘growing pains’. Some have contended that since growing pains often come about when you are sleeping or preparing for sleep, that in order to extend growth it is merely a matter of sleeping more. Although a good amount of rest is recommended for achieving your full growth potential, over sleeping has shown no signs of causing any additional growth and has more often contributed to the development of depression instead.
Some circles seem to believe that stilt training can help in ones attempt to get taller. The premise is that the reason why some people do not grow as tall as others is because there bodies are not acclimated to such high elevations and their motor skills are not attuned to functioning beyond a certain height. By training your body to function as a tall person through wearing stilts, this is supposed to encourage growth by showing your body you can handle being tall. Unfortunately there have been no reports of actual increased growth patterns by using this method, although several people have reported breaking bones in stilt related crashes.
In the eastern world people who have a desire to get taller are often encouraged to engage in intense mediation. It is believed that your body cannot grow with all the distractions of day to day life, but if one could clear their mind and focus their energy on growing then it could be achieved in this fashion. Unfortunately in order to achieve the amount of focused energy for any substantial growth to occur this requires a life long commitment to meditation. So no one can conclusively say if this technique will help one get taller or not because those who have committed themselves to it have never stood up to examine their results, being confined to a lifelong pursuit of height stuck in the lotus position.
In an international study examining techniques used to get taller, it was discovered in some South American tribes that the practice of ceremonially consuming the fecal matter of tall people is believed to achieve growth in the one partaking in the rite. Any attempts to research the effectiveness of these practices have failed due to the fact that all who have come in contact with these tribes have been held captive for fecal harvesting purposes and never heard from again.
So if these five methods describing how to get taller are myths, what methods are effective? Generally puberty has been shown to produce great outbursts of growth, although results may vary per individual, there have been reports of people growing several feet this way. If someone possesses actual growth hormone deficiency and is not just short, they can take growth hormone injections. This allows people with dwarfism to grow to their full height. Although very effective for people with such deficiencies, it has not had similarly satisfying results in those without growth hormone deficiency. These individuals very well may have grown taller but they most likely have also developed web feet and fingers or other similar deformities.
In conclusion, the best way to grow taller is to eat healthy, exercise, get plenty of rest and hope that there was a tall person somewhere in your family tree. Oh and stay away from ridiculous ‘get tall quick’ programs, they tend to mostly be scams.