If you wish a tall stature for your children, you are certainly not alone. It’s a fair assumption that parents generally want their children to be tall, especially if they themselves weren’t very tall in the first place.
Whether you like it or not, experience has likely shown you that height is an advantage. Being tall attracts attention. Wielded strategically, it signifies a commanding presence.
In battle or the school yard, height definitely asserts itself as an asset. You can stand your ground better, intimidate those who usually like to throw their weight around.
Besides these, height is simply a practical tool. Tall people can reach the top shelf. They also just need a chair for switching light bulbs. This is highly opportune since ladders aren’t always accessible.
In Ninja Warrior, those long legs give an edge in challenges like the spider jump and the warped wall. It’s just physics, the laws of which are hard to defy.
Behind these valid reasons for wanting your children to be tall may lurk an ulterior motive. Height is also usually indicative of good nutrition and care, so, in effect, it can also be a commentary on parenting skills.
A Shorter Past
It’s really no wonder why height is desirable. Unfortunately, height is mainly determined by genetics. The good news, however, is that there are also other factors that influence it. You can find proof in history.
People in the past were shorter. There are two main reasons for it. First, diet has considerably improved. These days, people can more easily access the nutrients that the body needs. With improved vitamin, mineral, and protein intake, people grew taller.
Second, medical advancements significantly decreased incidences of endemic diseases that hinder the body from sufficiently absorbing nutrients. Sickness can lay claim on what energy the body has, leaving no more to spend on growing.
If this is the case, height can definitely be influenced by eating the right foods and maintaining good health. This is something you can work on to help your children grow tall.
Grub for Growth
If you want to encourage growth, here is a feeding guide for helping kids grow tall.
Proteins play a key role in children’s height and weight growth. Eggs happen to be some of the most nutritious protein sources that are easy for little kids to eat. An egg for breakfast is a great option for ensuring protein intake for the day.
Another important protein source is dairy, particularly milk. Milk and other dairy products are flush with calcium, which builds up strong bones. Bones being the framework of the body, they have a strong association with how tall a person would be.
Other good dairy options for daily consumption are yogurt and cheese.
If your children are allergic to lactose (the sugar in dairy), sensitive to casein (the protein in dairy), or simply vegan, a good plant-based alternative is soy. It is also rich in protein and calcium.
4. Whole Grains
Keep in mind that grains are best consumed unrefined. Refining them rids them of their nutrients, so always go for whole grains when choosing cereal, bread, pasta, etc. They are a great source of vitamins, fiber, and calcium.
Oatmeal, in particular, is pushed on families as it is also rich in protein but low in fat. It is one of the healthiest foods you can give to your growing child on a daily basis.
Carrots also have calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, and, most importantly, vitamin A, which helps synthesize the protein the body needs to build muscles.
Popeye had the right idea. Teach your kids to love this super-veggie as it doesn’t only make them strong enough to beat Brutus, but it is also rich in iron and calcium, two of the nutrients most essential for growth.
It is common knowledge that fruits are super healthy, but in terms of growth, choose those that are rich in vitamin A like melons, peaches, and mangoes. They’ll help build muscles and bones.
Beef, poultry and other meats are obviously rich in protein, but research actually indicates that it is absolutely essential in the diet of young children. Studies show that without it, kids grow up smaller, less bright, and less strong.
Whether you like it or not, size does matter. With children, you need to monitor their height and weight and consult percentile charts to see that everything is progressing well. To allay some of your worry, make sure that you feed them foods that are good for their growth.