It is widely agreed that proteins are the foundation building block for all life.
As humans our bodies use protein for just about every process that takes place in our systems.
You will probably have noticed that regular gym users develop larger muscles than the average person?
Well did you also know that it is not only hard work that produces these muscles?
For muscles to grow larger and stronger the body must repair and rebuild them to a bigger size than they previously were, so can you guess what the body will use to do this?
Yes, that’s correct, protein!
Weight lifters and bodybuilders have to consume enormous amounts of protein to help their bodies to increase in size and muscle density.
So, just like any other development that may take place in your body, protein must be an important part of your grow taller nutrition plan! Apart from the usual vitamins, minerals and fats, your body will required elevated levels of protein to help facilitate the growth you require to become taller.
There are essentially two types of protein which our bodies will require to do this.
The first is a called a ‘complete protein’ and the second is know as an ‘incomplete protein’. There is a difference between the two and it is important you understand this, so here is a brief explanation of them:
1) Complete Protein
A complete protein contain a full quota of essential amino acids which are necessary for your body to rebuild tissues.
These are normally found in food types such as animal meats, fish, eggs and cheeses. Basically any organic food derived from a living creature is likely to contain complete proteins.
2) Incomplete Protein
An incomplete protein is therefor a protein which does not have a complete quota of amino acids. These proteins lack the capability to be used independently to rebuild and develop your body.
Although it can be combined with other proteins to complete the chain and be very useful to your body. This type of protein is normally found in pulses such as nuts, beans and seeds too.
The best foods for complete proteins for your grow taller nutrition diet are those complete proteins which can be found in fish, eggs, milk, and lean meats.
These foods normally contain most of the complete 20 amino acids, as well as the 8 essential ones which cannot be synthesized by the human body.
Another one of the most effective proteins you should be consuming is soy protein. This is now more widely available than ever in stores and can come as a replacement for products such as corned beef or hamburgers. Try soy milk, nuts, and soy flour.
If you like the idea of consuming a protein shake to increase your intake, try this recipe: mix 2-5 boiled egg whites, 1 to 2 bananas, 3-6 strawberries, 1 teaspoon of vanilla in blender at high speed.
You can add soy protein or milk or even vegetables. Try different proportions to match your taste. Drink this shake once or twice a day between meals or after exercise, and a smaller shake right before you go to bed.
List of Amino Acids:
|Amino Acid||Food Sources||Benefits|
|Arginine||Brown rice, Carob proteins, Chocolate, Nuts, Oatmeal, Popcorn, Raisins, Raw cereals, Sesame seeds, Sunflower seeds, Whole-wheat products||This is main building block of proteins used in the body and also stimulates the body to release human growth hormone too.|
|L-Lysine||Cheese, Eggs, Fish, Lima beans, Milk, Potatoes, Red meat, Soy products, Yeast||This is another essential building block used in the body. It also aids the body to produce antibodies and promotes healing and repair to damaged tissues.|
|Tyrosine||Almonds, Avocados, Bananas, Cheese, Cottage cheese, Lima beans, Non-fat dried milk, Peanuts, Pickled herring, Pumpkin seeds, Sesame seeds||Again, this is another building block for protein used in the body. Do not take this without medical supervision as increased levels of chemicals such as norepinephrine, dopamine and epinephrine may be found in the blood.|
|Taurine||Avocados, Dairy products, Red meats, especially lamb and beef, Tempeh (fermented soybean product)||Promotes normal growth and development of tissues in the body.|
|Folic Acid||Barley, Beans, Brewer’s yeast, Calves’ liver, Endive Fruits, Garbanzo beans (chickpeas), Green leafy vegetables, Lentils, Oranges, Peas, Rice, Soybeans, Split peas, Sprouts, Wheat, Wheat germ||Promotes normal red blood cell production and function. It also helps to maintain the nervous system, sex organs and white blood cells too.
It also regulates embryonic and fetal development of nerve cells. Promotes normal growth and development too.
Read the next part to learn the role of Carbohydrates in Growing Taller…