Is it possible to increase height after 18?

There are many myth and wrong information people have about growing taller. 

Everyone wanna be taller, but is it possible to grow your height after once you hit your puberty?! 

Well, in this health and lifestyle article of fitlifestuff by aayush, we gonna discuss everything about height and the facts behind the myths. But if you are insecure about your height, stop being. As height doesn't have to do anything with your personality or your inner-self. So let's start with queries and answers. 

What is the best way to grow taller after 18?

Our body’s growth hormones speed up growth in early development. Growth Hormone is a hormone that is responsible for height. This hormone is produced in the adrenal glands and then passes on to the blood circulation. We produce growth hormone when we are small infants, and it will start to release during growth to make up for our losses. It is secreted into the blood and continues to rise and fall over time, so it must be carefully monitored to keep track of a persons growth. The development of the pituitary gland and adrenal glands begins around age 6-8, and then continues as long as they remain healthy. Testosterone is responsible for male height, and it is produced in the testicles of the male. So do exercises to boost your growth hormone. And eating balanced meals will also help for you. 

What is the best diet for height gain?

One of the best foods for height is cereal. Although, beware of the sugar and carbohydrates in these but that is for a different article. To make sure you are getting enough of these, drink orange juice or do supplementation of vitamin-c. Another one is brown rice. If you are on a weight loss diet, make sure to take at least 2 servings a day. If you are on a normal diet, just up the amount of cereal and rice to 3 servings a day. How much protein should we be eating? As we grow older, our bodies need more protein. Many people think protein only comes from meat but it can also come from milk, cheese, eggs, tofu and so much more. At 6 months, babies need 15 grams of protein per day. If we stay on track with this, we should be eating 50 grams of protein every day at 6 months and over. And in case, if you are doing weight training, you need more protein to your body. So eat right, and get adequately amount of sleep. 

Growth Hormone

Growth hormone is a peptide hormone that can be obtained by the pituitary gland. It can also be found in the blood or the fat tissue. It stimulates growth by supporting the development of bone and muscle. By injecting growth hormone into your muscles it will make your legs and arms grow larger and stronger. Lifting Weights can stimulate growth hormones that accelerate the growth of your limbs. By increasing your strength, it will also cause the growth plates of your limbs to fuse earlier in your growth. Biological Norms The growth hormones are not ideal for everyone, it's necessary for some that you use artificial growth hormones. A relatively new addition to the cosmetic industry is the growth hormone growth booster.

What are growth plates?

You have two growth plates in your bones. The endoplasmic reticulum is a stretchy part of the bone that you use to move fast and keep your bone shape round. However, it is made of soft material and can be damaged by injury and wear. This stretchiness is essential for maintaining growth, but it is not very strong, so injuries that cause it to be stretched out can actually make your bone more fragile. While these bone resorption plates can regenerate they grow slowly and are not very strong. When you start to age, this resorption plate starts to form bone, but cannot move as fast as the endoplasmic reticulum does. As your growth plate takes over the role of the endoplasmic reticulum, your bone begins to become less dense, allowing you to grow taller.

Why do growth plates stop growing?

The growth plates are there to ensure that the body keeps dividing cells and tissues to make a complete and healthy body. Most of the children growing up can measure up to about 5'8" or 6'0", and because the children are not given enough nutrients, often have no hair or are underweight, these growth plates may not reach their full potential to develop fully. But don't panic, there is always hope! How do you grow taller? 1. Weight Control It is important to realize that your body needs to increase the overall fat mass (body fat) to put on muscle mass and increase bone mass. Studies have shown that as your weight increases and you increase the fat content in your body, you will notice that your body's metabolism reduces. Thus, the effect on your height is simple.

How to increase height

Consume enough calories, increase your activity level and exercise; avoid drugs and excessive caffeine intake. 1. Weight training In order to build muscle, you need to do weight training exercises. Weight training exercises increase muscle mass and consequently builds bulk which in turn makes your body look taller. So, if you want to look tall, you need to be in good shape. And by weight training, you will surely increase the height. 2. Eat a combination of carbohydrates and protein Carbohydrates help in building muscles and help in fat loss as well. So you need to eat carbohydrates in large quantities. Properly, it helps to increase the growth of the bones and the muscles as well. And when you increase the bones, you will be able to make your bones look tall. 

There are a number of ways in which you can grow taller after 18: Focus on your nutrition; food can help you grow taller. Get enough sleep. If you can sleep 7-8 hours a night, you are going to benefit from a better growth of the bones. Work out; combine running, aerobics, swimming, cycling, tennis, etc. Reduce your risk of osteoporosis by taking calcium and vitamin D supplements. 

Therapies and surgery

Studies and researches shows that it's almost impossible to grow your height, once your growth plates are fused. But there are many people who claim that creating micro fractures between your growth plates also increases your height. 

Though there is only one proven way to increase your height by surgery, and that is 'Ilizarov technique' in which surgeons defuse your growth plates and cut the tibia (bone between knee and ankle) which leads to growth of your long bone. 

Many of the people have gone through 'Ilizarov technique' successfully, and they've got few inches of increment in their height. 

In India, this surgery costs around 7-10 lakh INR/- and 50-70k $ in other countries. 

You can also check out research article of 'Ilizarov technique' published in NCBI by clicking here


As you get older, you notice that the growth plates in your body begin to fuse. However, there are some steps you can take to give your bones the extra push to grow. Good luck growing taller!

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