As you work towards your goal of getting that optimum height we thought it would be nice to share some Small and big facts about your height.
1. Your Body Is Taller in The Morning Hours Than In The Evening Hours
The discs of our spine have excess fluid between them but this fluid seeps out due to whole day’s strain of standing and sitting, thereby reducing our height. Human body is on average about half an inch taller in the morning hours. This fluid is replenished during sleep because the discs lose fluid like sponges, due to gravitational force.
2. Being Tall Is Good for Your Ticker
Height is inversely proportional to the risk of heart disease. Research shows that short adults, viz under 5 feet 3 inches, have higher risk of suffering from cardiovascular disease as compare to any taller individual. Researchers claim that this increased rate of risk is 13.5 percent more for every 2.5 inches shorter the individual is.
3. Growth is faster in the First Year of Life.
A person grows fastest as an infant, about 10 inches in the first year after which he grows at a steady rate. Growth hormones are usually released during sleep so it is important to ensure that the kids have proper night sleep.
4. Dutch people are among World’s Tallest Ones
Height of Dutch men and women averages around 6 feet and 5 feet 6.5 inches, respectively. However at the same men in United States have height of average 5 feet 9 inches and U.S. women average nearly 5 feet 4 inches tall. The shortest people in the world hail from countries of Bolivia, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
5. Your height changes during Twenty four hours
The spinal disc compresses due to whole day’s exertion .You are tallest when you wake up in the morning and are shorter by as much as one centimetre by the end of the day. The spine decompresses and replenishes its fluid during sleep and regains its normal length. It is important to sleep well to regain the lost spinal fluids.
6. Height Genes Aren’t Everything
Height is controlled around 60 to 70 % by genetic factors and the rest growth is dependent on the nutritional factors and lifestyle of an individual. Children who suffer from malnutrition face bad growth and have short stature as compare to the good fed children of same age.
7. Caffeine reduces the growth of a kid is a Myth
Caffeine acts as a stimulant and is advised not to be taken by kids because it causes sleep disorders and irritability. It has nothing to do with growth of a kid. Cigarettes are known to stun growth. Hormonal imbalances, food allergies, heart, kidney or liver issues stun children’s growth.
8. Taller People Make More Money
It is claimed by various research studies that taller people make more money as compared to people who are of less than average height
9. Height affects self esteem
Good height gives you a sense of confidence and Self esteem .High Self esteem affects the individual’s social performance and job performance. He is better evaluated by seniors, which in turn affects his professional success.
10. Good Height Equals Being More Attractive
Good Height of an individual makes him attractive. Good Leg Length makes a person look more attractive. It adds power and self esteem to the individual. The big models on the ramp are ones with good height.
11. Human Genes are responsible for Height Extremes.
An adult shorter than adult height of 4 feet 10 inches or less are termed as dwarf. Genetic Mutations are responsible to cause the bones grow at a shorter pace. The ratio of dwarf people is one in 15,000 people. The condition in which individuals are excessively tall due to excessive secretion of growth hormones, by benign tumour of pituitary glands, is called as Gigantism.
12. At Age 40 years you start shrinking.
Both men and women start shrinking around the age of 40 years. They may shrink up to an inch in a period of a decade. The spinal discs shrink with age and compress due to regular loss of fluid between disc spaces. Osteoporosis is a bone weakening disease that affects individuals as they begin to age, usually post menopause in women and in elderly age in men. Yoga, Stretching and strength exercises under guidance of a chiropractor or physical therapist help to counter the loss in height of an individual with age.
13. Fashion Can Help You Looking Taller.
Dressing with high heel is not only a trend followed by females but also by males who wear long trousers covering their heels to look taller. Dressing proportionately to look taller is a fashion trend of the era.
14. Girls grow faster than boys
The girls reach peak growth in puberty which is usually attained between age of 11 to 12 years. Therefore, at times it is seen that in a class of students, girls are often taller than boys in age of 11 to 12 years. Boys grow fastest between 13 to 14 years of age. However with good nutrition both boys and girls grow up to late teen period of their life.
15. Growth and Height are controlled by HGH hormone
Growth and height of an individual is controlled by Human Growth hormone. It is responsible for linear growth, good bone density and regeneration of bone cells. The rate of growth is highest in the embryo. Fatty acids and obesity hinder growth of an individual.
Your height can be estimated by averaging your parent’s height and adding and subtracting 5 inches if you are a boy or a girl.
Do let us know in the comments below about any other fun facts that you are aware of regarding our heights. We hope all of you are working towards growing taller and gaining those much deserved inches. Its very important that you follow some complete height gain program in order to get the best results.