Being less than tall hasn’t done Danny de Vito or Tom Cruise any harm, or hampered them from having gorgeous women clinging to their arms. Being tall doesn’t guarantee riches or happiness, yet some people still hanker after being taller. Short of the torture stretching racks used in Medieval days there really isn’t a handy solution once the bones have fused in adulthood, and even the racks weren’t used as a means of increasing height but rather of inflicting hideous torture.
Is it True?
Naturally though there are people willing to take advantage of peoples desires and if you want to be taller there will be someone out there promising you a solution, for a price. “The world’s best selling book” is the label on Robert Grand’s book ‘Growing Taller Secrets’ in which he touts that it is possible to grow taller despite having no scientific credentials. All you have to do is send off the $39 for the book which will impart the great secret which remains a mystery to everyone else.
Of course only through the book will you “learn the most important formula to accomplish anything in your life including growing taller.” It sounds as about as authentic as the miracle diets which will make you lose 30lbs in a week. If such a secret had been discovered then Mr Grand could have made a few million out of it rather than purveying it through ebooks.
A Healthy Diet
Unfortunately for those who do wish to be taller there are no easy solutions. Following a nutritious diet rich in calcium, exercising and sleeping well, may all play their part in growth development whilst still in ones teens, but once the bones have fused then growth stops. However calcium is vital in strengthening bones which helps to prevent shrinkage as one ages, and good posture and exercise help to keep the spine erect and in good shape. It is also known that some of the chemicals in sodas leach calcium from the bones so avoiding sodas completely is a good way to keep the bones strong.
Painful growth hormone injections are not designed for adults and although surgery to increase height is a possibility it should be avoided at all costs. This surgery was really developed to help those with limb deformities and is not recommended for height increase. The procedure is known as surgical leg lengthening and can lead to complications which could cause one to lose mobility. It involves having the bones in the legs broken and plates attached, and entails the use of a wheelchair for at least six months. It takes over a year before the technique is complete and in addition it is a very painful procedure as well as an expensive one.
At the end of the day if you want to be taller it really is down to either wearing higher shoes or elevator shoes, or carrying yourself with excellent posture. Bad posture can make even the tallest person look slumped and shorter, whilst walking with your head high and an air of confidence can add the perception of inches to your actual height. Walk tall and look ahead, not at the ground, and exude confidence and you really will appear taller.