How to increase height


Height increase is largely determined by genetics; however, there are some factors that can potentially influence growth, especially during adolescence when growth is most active. Here are some points from the Huberman Lab regarding practices that may indirectly influence growth through their impact on growth hormone levels:

  1. Quality Deep Sleep: Ensuring quality deep sleep, particularly in the first few hours of the night, can help release growth hormone, which is crucial for growth (1).
  2. Diet: Consuming a balanced diet with a range of nutrients, including dairy, can help increase levels of Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1), which has various roles in growth and development (2).
  3. Exercise: Regular exercise can help to increase growth hormone levels. Forms of intense exercise have been shown to stimulate growth hormone release (1).
  4. Sauna: Deliberate heat exposure through sauna use has been shown to stimulate increased growth hormone output, which may aid growth and development (3).
  5. Fasting: Some approaches to fasting can increase growth hormone levels. Yet, prolonged fasting may have detrimental effects on growth hormone functions, so it's essential to consider the broader impacts of fasting (1).

It is essential to remember that these practices might support healthy growth, but they are unlikely to significantly change one's height beyond what is genetically predetermined. Always consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice on health and growth, as some approaches may not be suitable for everyone.


Can you provide more detailed tips for increasing height?


Unfortunately, the search didn't result in any clips directly addressing the specifics of increasing height with detailed steps. The clip retrieved discusses the benefits of cold exposure for increasing dopamine and resilience, but this is not specifically related to height growth (1).

Generally, maximizing height potential through non-genetic factors includes ensuring proper nutrition, adequate sleep, regular exercise, and maintaining overall health. Here are some detailed tips that might indirectly help to support height growth, keeping in mind that they are not guaranteed to increase height significantly and that these methods are more effective during the body's natural growth phases (childhood and adolescence):

  1. Nutrition: Ensure a balanced diet with enough calories and nutrients for growth. Key nutrients include calcium, vitamin D, protein, and zinc.
  2. Sleep: Aim for 8-10 hours of sleep each night, as growth hormone is primarily released during deep sleep.
  3. Exercise: Engage in exercises that promote strength, flexibility, and posture, such as swimming, yoga, and stretching exercises.
  4. Posture: Maintain good posture to maximize your height potential.
  5. Avoid growth inhibitors: Limit consumption of substances like caffeine and alcohol, which can potentially hinder growth if consumed excessively during adolescence.

Even following all these tips, the primary determinant of one's height is genetics, and after the growth plates close post-adolescence, it's highly unlikely that one can increase their height. Always consult with healthcare professionals to get personalized advice tailored to your individual health needs and circumstances.

Cold Exposure Benefits

Andrew explains how deliberate cold exposure can increase dopamine in a sustained way, leading to benefits such as reduced inflammation and improved resilience. He cites a study that shows dopamine transmission and circulation in the brain and body increases after sitting in cold water for even short periods of time.

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