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Published On: Sat, Jul 27th, 2019

5 Healthy Habits To Support Your Kid’s Growing Height

Studies reveal that 60 to 80% of your final height is the result of your genetic construction, leaving 40 to 20% to the environmental factors. As parents, you must be worried about the growth and development of your child’s body. 

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This article enlists some tips that you can use to support your child’s growing height. 

 

  • Regular exercise

 

Exercise is a great way to keep the body active. It helps the body to fight obesity, grow stronger, and encourage muscle development. Along with that, it also boosts the development of the growth hormone resulting in stronger and even longer bones.

Exercises like stretching, swimming, hanging, jogging, skipping, cycling, yoga, or using ankle weights can significantly help in gaining a taller height. Keep a record of the kid’s growth. You can even use this height predictor to calculate the height of your child at a later age and make improvements in the routine accordingly. 

 

  • Right posture

 

Poor posture makes children appear shorter than their actual height. If not rectified, slouching and slumping can affect the growth of the body. Therefore, teach your kids to be mindful of the way they sit, stand, and sleep. 

A lousy body posture not just affects the height but can also cause pain in the neck and back. There are exercises particularly aimed at improving body posture. These can help you teach your children to maintain a proper posture. 

 

  • Adequate sleep

 

It might seem bizarre but is one of the most crucial factors that support growth in children. Sleep is considered vital for the physical and mental development of a child. While the kids are asleep, their body produces several hormones that assist in their growth. 

Therefore, without enough sleep, children might not be giving enough time to their body for growth and development. Kids belonging to the age category of 3 to 5 years should sleep 13 hours a day. Children in the age group 5 to 10 must get 10 to 11 hours of sleep daily. 

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  • Healthy diet

 

A nutritious and balanced diet is the key to a healthy life.  A nutritious routine not only keeps your children active and healthy but also maximizes their body’s capability of growth. Protein is called the “grow food,” which must be included in your child’s diet in an adequate amount to assist their growth. 

Along with that, you also need to ensure proper intake of minerals and vitamins through fruits and vegetables. To keep track of their nutrition intake, you can also take the help of a meal plan. 

 

  • Drink fluids

 

Fluids are an essential component of one’s diet. Just like food, it helps the body growth. Water is undeniably the best choice. However, other fluids like fruit juice, milk, and sports drinks can also help your kid grow taller. 

On average, children between the age of 9 to 13 should drink 9 cups of water. Children between 14 to 18 should drink at least 12 cups of water daily. In hot weather, the number can be increased. Also, consuming nutritious food like vegetables and fruits can add up to 2-3 cups of water in your daily diet.

Author: Arina Coleman

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