Curejoy Expert Claude C Butler Explains:
Does drinking milk make you taller?
Medically genetics plays the most important role (60% – 80% of your height is determined by genetics) in determining your height. And proper diet will prevent your genetic progression from being derailed. Though milk is rich in all vital nutrients, proteins, and vitamins, it does not have a significant effect on your final height as an adult. Ensure proper nutrition and good lifestyle habits before you hit puberty as most people stop growing by the age of 21.
If you study the human anatomy of a child or adolescents under 21 years, there are tissues known as epiphyseal plates (or growth plates) at either end of all the long bones. These tissues are responsible for elongating our bone structure and making us taller. Before reaching adolescence, these parts of the body, including nearby ligaments, are very vulnerable to injury. It is a diet rich in calcium (especially milk and other dairy products) and protein that can fortify the tender bone structure, preventing any injury or harm that can shunt natural growth. During adolescence, these plates harden into bone and growth stops.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet, sleeping for eight hours a night, avoiding large amounts of caffeine, good posture, and keeping a low level of stress will nourish your growing skeletal framework. Moderate weight bearing exercises and physical activity triggers the body to increase calcium absorption.
If you are lactose intolerant try other non-dairy sources of calcium like green leafy vegetables and nuts. Also include protein (key growth nutrient) rich foods like plant foods, fish, poultry, meats and dairy and also decent amount of magnesium.
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Hmmm... wait... an ayurvedic page talking about drinking breast milk from another species to grow tall? ? Are you serious here?