We all know that a diet rich in junk food can cause a number of problems for children, such as diabetes and obesity, but it can also impede their growth. Junk food lacks the essential nutrients children need to develop properly. Studies have even shown that kids who consume more phosphorus, found in soft drinks, have a lower bone density. In addition, when children consume the empty calories found in things like soda, they are less likely to consume the nutrients they need to grow.
So, just like junk food, the consumption of soft drinks should be limited. Don't worry, the dinner you made last night isn't going to stop your kids from growing up, but a high-carb, low-protein diet has been shown to prevent children's growth. However, those who have a varied diet consisting of carbohydrates and proteins are more likely to reach their full height as adults. Although corn alone does not prevent growth, it can develop molds called aflatoxins that appear to inhibit growth in very young children.
Aflatoxins develop when corn is improperly stored in warm and humid places. These molds also grow on poorly stored chilies, peanuts, tree nuts and wheat. To prevent your food from producing these molds, make sure you store them correctly. There is a lot of debate about whether soy prevents growth, but unfermented soybeans, such as soy milk, yogurt and tofu, contain phytic acid which reduces calcium absorption.
Because calcium is essential for bone growth, too much unfermented soy may affect children's growth. Alcohol is not technically a food, but unfortunately it is consumed by many children who have not fully developed. Some studies have suggested that drinking alcohol can slow growth, so it's very important to make sure that growing children stay away from it. Contrary to popular belief, there is no scientifically valid evidence to suggest that coffee can slow a person's growth.
Infants or children with hypothyroidism have an underactive thyroid gland which is responsible for releasing hormones that promote normal growth. Genes largely determine how tall you will become. You could grow bigger if you eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, stay active and have good posture, but there is no guarantee. Occasionally skimping on sleep won't affect your height in the long run.
But if during adolescence you regularly mark a lower amount than recommended it can lead to complications as your body releases HGH while you sleep. Production of this hormone and others may decrease if you don't close your eyes enough. Sleeping more can even increase HGH production so go ahead and take that energy nap! Being aware of how you stand, sit and sleep is key - talk to your doctor about how you can incorporate ergonomics into your daily routine. Depending on your needs a standing desk or memory foam pillow may be all you need to correct your posture.
The other problem with coffee growth theory is that most growth occurs long before most people drink coffee regularly. Regardless of whether coffee has significant health benefits or not this popular drink does not prevent its growth. So remember that while ice cream from time to time is not going to stop a child's growth too much sugar is definitely a bad thing.