Inside: 4 safe, natural ways to promote healthy development and help your child grow taller. Sponsored by Healthy Height.
Growing up, I was always one of the shortest kids in my class. Some years I was the shortest!
I got used to being a shorty and I don’t think it held me back in life — unless you count ruling out a career as a runway model (wink, wink). However, I wouldn’t have minded a little extra boost in the height department.
All kids can’t grow up to be as tall as basketball players — and that’s ok! However, as parents we want to know that we are doing everything we can to help our kids reach their full potential.
Whether your child is on the low end of the growth chart, or you simply want to ensure that they’re growing at a healthy pace, there are actually things you can do at home to help.
4 Ways to Help Your Child Grow Taller Naturally
The following are things you can do yourself to help your child grow taller, without hormones or medical procedures:
- Protein-rich diet
- Proper posture
- Yoga and stretching exercises
- Getting enough sleep
Keep reading to find out more about each specific bullet point, with actionable steps!
Causes of Stunted Growth in Kids
There are a variety of factors that may contribute to slower or stunted growth in children:
- Poor nutrition
While some of these are out of our control, we can make sure that our kids are getting the nutrition they need to grow at a healthy rate.
The British Nutrition Foundation advises: “A range of protein-rich foods should be provided when feeding young children.” But sometimes that’s easier said that done when you’ve got two parents that work or picky eaters.
That’s why Healthy Height is such a great tool for helping kids get the protein they need!
What is Healthy Height?
Healthy Height is a nutritional shake for kids, containing a mixture of micro and macronutrients that promote natural growth. It was tested in a clinical study and was shown to benefit young children who were short and lean.
Here’s a look at what’s inside:
- 12g high-quality whey protein
- healthy fats (sunflower oil)
- energy-providing carbs
- Vitamins A, D, and C
Here’s a look at what’s not inside:
- human growth hormones
- artificial flavors and colors
How Much Taller Can Healthy Height Help Kids Grow?
Healthy Height was designed, developed, and tested by Pediatric Endocrinologists and Nutritionists in a pediatric hospital, so you can be confident that it is appropriate for kids.
In the study, children who consumed the entire recommended amount gained an average of an additional 1.2cm in height compared to children in the control group. These results can be seen in about 6 months — that’s a noticeable difference!
How Healthy Height Can Benefit ALL Kids
My husband drinks a protein shake every day and our daughters both come running as soon as they hear the blender, for “just a taste.” (They probably end up drinking at least half of his shake!)
The girls were so excited when Healthy Height sent them their very own protein shakes in both chocolate and vanilla. My oldest daughter is a chocoholic just like me, and my youngest prefers all things vanilla, so it worked out perfectly!
While they are both within the normal range for height and weight, I love knowing that they are getting so many nutrients — without all the sugar and additives in many shakes and drinks marketed for kids.
Healthy Height provides 12 grams of protein in every serving — protein that helps build strong muscles, boost kids’ immune systems, and promote healthy cell growth.
The recommended daily amount of protein for kids ages 4-8 is 19 grams, and one serving of Healthy Height provides almost 2/3 of that in one glass!
Click here to purchase Healthy Height on their website (save 15% with code SoccerMom15) orclick here to check prices for Healthy Height on Amazon!
Other Ways to Help Your Child Grow Taller (without hormones)
1. Practice Good Posture
Practicing proper posture is one of the quickest ways to help your child instantly look taller and it also has a positive impact on their overall health.
Not only does poor posture give the appearance of a shorter stature, it can cause development issues and back pain during childhood and into adulthood.
Doctor recommendations to encourage better posture in kids include: classic posture exercises like standing and walking with a book on the head, ensuring kids have age and size-appropriate furniture available, and allowing children to go barefoot as much as possible.
2. Regular Exercise and Stretching
Consistent exercise has been shown to naturally increase product of human growth hormone in both kids and adults. It also strengthens the bones and muscles that support children.
While weight training should be avoided, there are many exercises that children can do that will benefit their growth and development, like yoga and swimming.
These are a couple of our girls’ favorite yoga exercises that can be done anytime, anywhere:
3. Getting Enough Sleep
Kids really do grow more while they sleep! This is because human growth hormone is released in larger amounts during periods of deep sleep.
If your child is not getting enough sleep, it could actually impact their development. Another thing to keep in mind: your kids need more sleep than you do. In fact, kids ages 3-5 need 10-13 hours of sleep a night! Click here to learn if your child is sleeping too much or not enough, plus grab our child sleep guide!
Where to get Healthy Height for Your Kids
Click here to purchase Healthy Height on their website (save 15% with code SoccerMom15) or click here to check prices for Healthy Height on Amazon!
There are also customer testimonials so you can see how Healthy Height has helped real families!
TIP – We love to add Healthy Height to some of our favorite fruit smoothie recipes for an extra boost of nutrition. Check out some of our easy recipes below:
*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and some of the research information for this article is provided by third-party sources. While I make every effort to check all my sources for factuality and accuracy, I cannot make guarantees on any third-party information.