A hormone called the Human growth hormone is responsible for, you guessed it, human growth. So any suppression of HGH can stunt growth, including injury or removal of the pituitary gland which produces HGH. As with most health related issues, the two most fundamental components to proper HGH levels are sleep and nutrition—so a lack of sleep and an unbalanced diet during your growing years can stunt overall growth.
More specifically, two examples include eating too much carbohydrates and not enough protein and drinking soda. While carbohydrates are an important energy source, they also produce insulin which can interfere with the body’s ability to effectively use HGH—so balance is key here. Also soda and other carbonated drinks can deplete calcium in your bones, reducing bone density, which is of course a critical piece of healthy growth.
Studies have also shown that cigarette smoking in teenagers stunts growth. Smoking deprives the body of sufficient oxygen and constricts the blood vessels limiting the nutrient supply throughout the body.
It has been suggested that caffeine stunts growth, but no studies seem to support this.
Human growth is most naturally stunted by malnutrition and overtraining of muscles when lifting weights. Also, strating a weight lifting program too early in development can result in severe height stunting. This can easily be prevented by eating right and working out smart. Hope I helped, and have a green day!
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