I often hear and notice people say all the time that old people shrink in height as they age. I worry this might happen to me, too. Oh, I stand only 5”2’, shorter than the average Chinese or Filipino women. So my mom always kids me that we don’t have to worry because I have an imaginary and invisible height at the top of my head—and that includes the knowledge stuck inside my brain. *laughs*
Kidding aside, let’s find out how ashitaba does prevent this shrinking in height.
I bet you’re already familiar with osteoporosis. If not, then let’s take Wikipedia’s definition for a minute. And I quote:
Osteoporosis is a disease of bones that leads to an increased risk of fracture. In osteoporosis, the bone mineral density (BMD) is reduced, bone microarchitecture deteriorates, and the amount and variety of proteins in bone are altered.
Osteoporosis does not happen overnight! It’s not dramatic like some cartoons might portray. The process goes for years and you will only see the results (shrink in adult height) after several years. Studies say that this cannot be reversed and height cannot be taken back to normal. On the other hand, humans will not be put back to the size of a baby and fit into the mother’s womb.
And how does ashitaba gets into the picture?
Ashitaba Nurtures the Bones
Ashitaba nourishes the blood, detoxifies the liver and kidneys, strengthens the cartilage, the bones and the tendons and ligaments together with fibrous tissues uniting muscles to bones or bones to bones.
The culprit here is the natural gravity on earth which pushes our height back to the ground. The tendency is for our vertebrae or the back bones to be pushed together and clumped until they get compressed. The end effect?
You guessed it right!
The person becomes shorter in height, and this has nothing to do even with osteoporosis (although that is another reason).
When a person is inflicted with osteoporosis, there is not enough new bone materials replaced and/or made. Thus there is bone loss over time. Bones tend to be smaller and weaker. Major emergency is called when the person slips in a wet bathroom floor or any ground susceptible to injuries and small breaks called compression fractures.
Ways to Fight the “Shrinking Man Syndrome”
I am not sure if this is what’s the “phenomenon” officially is titled, but for the purposes of referring to it in this article, let us name shrinking in height the “Shrinking Man Syndrome.” To fight against irrevocable hunching over or unavoidable stooping down when you grow old, here are following tips you can follow:
1. Eat food high in calcium, such as ashitaba.
Ashitaba consists of higher amounts of calcium when compared to other plant species. Ashitaba contains 65mg of calcium per 100g, with a higher calcium concentration than kidney beans (60mg calcium/100g) and spinach (55mg calcium/100g).
Other recommended food to get calcium are milk, tofu, cheese and yogurt or and drinks that are fortified with calcium like some kinds of orange juice.
2. Eat food high in fiber, such as ashitaba.
Ashitaba has a high content of dietary fiber, which may be beneficial in improving gastrointestinal condition through increased excretion of feces. This will help you stay strong and build stronger bones.
3. Have enough rest.
Sleeping for optimal hours (i.e. eight hours) nightly is good. Being less stressed prevents the liquid in the vertebra to be less compressed, making your body recover fully. Hence to prevent gravity from stealing from your frame, take all the rest you can have and stand tall always.
Did you know that the average guy shrinks about 1.3 inches in his lifetime? Researches state that this is caused by normal aging processes. However, now that you know how to fight against the “Shrinking Man Syndrome,” go for the best practices to help lessen the blow. Eat the right food and arm yourself with a cup of ashitaba tea (or supplements) three to four times a week, as fiber and calcium are two essential nutrients for optimal bone health. Make sure also that your body has enough rest to avoid slipping in height as you get old.