If you have ever wondered if you can do anything to make yourself grow taller, or if you have questioned ‘how can amino acids make me grow taller’, then you have come to the right place.
The simple answer is yes, you can make yourself taller and yes, amino acids can help that happen.
Read on for a more in-depth answer.
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and make up our cells, muscle and body tissue. You will have seen advertisements for protein shakes aimed at the body building industry, that is because they work.
It is proven: if you want to build muscle you have to increase your protein intake.
But building muscle isn’t all that protein assists with: it is essential for many of our body’s normal, every day functions.
- For example, protein helps synthesize enzymes and hormones, it keeps fluid levels stay balanced, and it regulates the building of antibodies to combat infection, blood clotting and scars forming.
- Protein also, and this is the most important factor for us here, is a building block for cartilage, skin, hair and bones.
So yes, you need amino acids to grow taller.
There are many ways to get extra protein in to you: you can consume protein-rich foods such as meat, dairy products like cheese and milk, fish and eggs (or for the vegetarians amongst you soy products such as tofu is jam packed with protein, as are nuts and seeds).
In case you want to explore adding additional amino acids for height growth through consuming supplements, then there are few you will want to consider:
We get asked frequently: Does L-arginine increase height?
Does L-Arginine help you grow taller?
The short answer is yes. Of course genetics play a large role in determining how tall we are going to be.
However, so too do our hormones, which can be influenced by environmental factors such as our daily lives and lifestyle choices.
How do our lifestyles affect our hormones?
Well, in the case of the Human Growth Hormone, which is meant to stimulate growth in your body until you reach maturity, you are guaranteed a good dose is released if you get a great night’s sleep.
Lack of sleep = less HGH released.
One way to combat this lack of HGH is to take it as a supplement. L-Arginine is the best and most effective HGH there is.
- It works by stimulating the critical hormone-housing pituitary gland to secrete the growth hormone which in turn allows you to grow!
L-Arginine is available as supplement in its pure form. Studies have shown that it works well when combined with other amino acids, for example L-Ornithine, L-Lysine and L-Glutamine.
- It is recommended that you don’t take L-Arginine everyday as your body can become immune to it. It is best taken a couple of times a week and always on an empty stomach – food may decrease the absorption of supplements and may interfere with the HGH levels.
Glutamine is an amino acid that is found in natural abundance in the body. It is produced in the muscles and transported around the body in our blood. It is used when we exercise and is a precursor for muscle growth following exercise.
- On its own glutamine won’t help you grow taller, but combined with L-Arginine it will assist you increase your height.
- One study has shown that when taken with L-Arginine prior to going to bed HGH levels increased by up to 400% (source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 61: 1058-1061, 1995).
If you are considering alternative ways to increase your height without taking additional supplements, they do exist and they can help you grow 2-3 inches taller.
Take note though, the results will be improved if you do them alongside taking the supplements:
A good night’s sleep should result in you being a little taller than you were the night before.
This is because when you sleep your spine relaxes and the natural compression that occurs (thanks to gravity) during the day is countered.
This reduces the compression of the spine allowing it to stretch out fully.
Just find somewhere suitable to hang from and well, hang as long as you can. Your body weight will do the work for you!
This sport doesn’t just help children grow through encouraging the production of Human Growth Hormone, it stretches the body too by helping increase spine length.
Try breaststroke and as you reach forward, REALLY reach forward, maintain this position for as long as possible, this will help decompress the spine with every stroke.
Sprinting is a great, natural way to help encourage Human Growth Human secretion.
A study (source: http://jap.physiology.org/content/104/3/724.full ) has shown that HGH levels can rise to as much 400% when doing 30 second interval sprints on the bike.
To really get great results sprint with maximum effort. Repeat 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off for 15-30 mins.
However take note not to do this exercise more than 3 times per week as it is a high intensity exercise and you body needs to time to recover in between sessions.
Yoga and Pilates.
Both of these exercises are great for aiding posture and increasing flexibility.
- They also help you to unwind and relax your mind: a happy mind means a happy relaxed body.
Being stressed will inhibit your body’s growth because it will want to deal with the stress before getting on with the job of healing, repairing and growing.
So, What Now?
I hope this has helped you increase your understanding of how to increase your height.
The main take away point is that there are ways and means to help you grow:
Amino acids through increased protein consumption; L-Arginine combined with glutamine will increase your levels of Human Growth Hormone.
Exercising and sleep are so important, not least when you are in your critical growth period but afterwards as well – there are a number of documented physical activities that you can do that will aid you in gaining those extra inches.
Good luck and think positive!