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animallover14 | Student, Grade 8 | Honors

Posted May 16, 2012 at 12:32 AM via web

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What kind of food can you eat to grow taller? Or what activities can you do to grow taller?

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pacorz | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted May 16, 2012 at 8:51 PM (Answer #1)

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You should make sure that you get enough calcium and other nutrients, and enough sleep. However doing this will not make you grow taller than your genes have dictated; human height is determined by heredity. If you keep yourself healthy you will grow as tall as your genes dictate, but no taller.

It's possible to stunt your growth through poor diet, but it's not really possible to increase it without medical intervention. If your are destined to be far shorter than normal, a doctor can give shots of human growth hormone to make you grow taller, but that is only done out of medical necessity, not just because one has inherited the tendency to be small.

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goslingboy | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted May 16, 2012 at 2:01 AM (Answer #2)

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if you eat yougurt or anything with a lot of calcium that helps. it also helps to stretch and make sure you breath properly. you can also ride a bicycle with the seat raised a little higher than comfortable so it causes your legs to stretch 

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dooby18 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted May 16, 2012 at 8:02 AM (Answer #3)

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to grow taller you need to eat foods that are rich in calcium like

  • Yogurt, plain
  • Yogurt, fruit
  • Milk, low fat or nonfat
  • Milk, whole
  • Cheese, including American, ricotta, cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese
  • Milk shakes
  • Eggnog
  • Salmon
  • Tofu
  • Rhubarb
  • Sardines
  • Collard greens
  • Spinach
  • Turnip greens
  • Okra
  • White beans
  • Baked beans
  • Broccoli
  • Peas
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Sesame seeds
  • Bok choy
  • Almonds
  • Banana

calcium helps in nourishing your bones which makes it harder and longer but you also need to eat a meal rich in different vitamins and minerals to help your body absorb more calcium.

sleeping also helps in making you taller because there is a certain hormone in the body called growth hormone (GH) which is found in the pituitary gland that is only secreted when we sleep.

genes also play a very vital role in achieving taller height. 

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sosthenes8 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted July 3, 2013 at 9:24 AM (Answer #10)

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The technical term for growing taller is "linear growth". From birth through young adulthood, many people want to maximize "linear growth" and think that taking specific nutrient supplements is the trick. Unfortunately, current research does not support individual supplementation of minerals, calcium in particular (please see attached link to published paper).

If you are a healthy toddler, child, adolescent or young adult, and you eat an adequate number of calories each day as well as a variety of foods, you should experience normal linear growth. Adequate physical exercise in the form of weight-bearing exercise seems to improve bone calcium density during these formative years, and adequate sleep both contribute to regular, healthy growth. 

Dairy is a commonly recommended source of calcium, but not always the best if you are lactose intolerant, although there are lactose-free products on the market now. Green leafy vegetables and dried beans actually are a rich source of dietary calcium as are seaweeds like kelp called "konbu" in Japanese. 

In the field of nutrition science, the best advice is "balance" which means balanced eating, balanced physical exercise, balanced sleep, a balanced life helps you achieve optimal linear growth as well as many other important aspects of your life. 

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lloricwriter | Honors

Posted February 7, 2013 at 12:26 PM (Answer #4)

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Calcium rich foods like milk, yogurt and cheese can contribute to growth. But you have to take note that calcium is not absorbed by the body unless Vitamin D is present, so you have to complement eating calcium rich foods with foods rich in Vitamin D such as eggs and certain types of fish(Tuna, Mackerel, Salmon). Also, sleeping early can contribute too, as well as sleeping for 8 or more hours, where the production of Growth Hormone in the body takes place.

Somehow, genetics play a major part in determining how tall you will be. Having taller parents or some tall relatives can help, but if you are slated to peak at 5 ft 7 in and you want to be taller, HGH (Human Growth Hormone) may be given as a medical treatment.

Hope this helps.

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sipy | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted March 5, 2013 at 1:59 PM (Answer #8)

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Eat some cheese and milk . remember to get enough sleep.

do some exercise like basketball and swimming.

 

That will really help :)

good luck :)

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kezze | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted February 1, 2013 at 12:05 AM (Answer #5)

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i heard playing sports like basketball, volleyball and other sports that require you to Stretch and reach high get you taller.even simple Stretches help.
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fred4441 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 22, 2013 at 8:43 PM (Answer #6)

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Protien is amino acid which is needed for growing taller. also vitimin d is needed for calcium absorption and calcium is needed for bone density...you need that for bone lengthening.

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Posted March 3, 2013 at 4:10 PM (Answer #7)

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I suggest that you correct your posture and always stand tall. If you are female, a simple correction is to wear shoes with high heels. If you are male, then find shoes that have a thicker sole, and befriend people smaller than you. Not much can be done medically, and surgeries that can improve height are dangerous and can lead to serious infections.

Chin up. Walk tall. Eat yogurt.  

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lulufrancis | eNoter

Posted May 7, 2013 at 1:14 PM (Answer #9)

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Cheese, milk are suggested.

Remember to exercise and sleep eariler , hope this helps ~! 

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mega_megz143 | Student, Grade 5 | eNoter

Posted September 6, 2013 at 12:56 PM (Answer #11)

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Your bones need phosphorus, calcium, and magnesium while your muscles need water, protein and carbohydrates to grow. Since you are growing taller, both your muscles and bones are getting bigger and longer. Don't waste your money or your health on drugs, alcohol or cigarettes. 


Have the hair style that makes you appear taller. In order to appear taller, a hair style should be thin at the sides and higher up top, which can make you appear as much as an inch taller Avoid clothes with horizontal lines. Belts are horizontal so make sure you conceal it in your clothes.
Avoid clothes with a tartan or checked pattern. Avoid cuffs that makes your legs appear shorter.

• Wear clothes with vertical lines or striping. Vertical lines or stripping make a person appear thinner,
and thinness in turn gives impression of more height.

Wear shoes that will make you appear taller. If you are a female, this should be easy since you can find a lot of female shoes with 2 or 3 inches’ heels. For males, wear shoes with thick soles to add the illusion of height.

To increase your height, it is important that your blood is oxygenated as blood provides nourishment to your bones. Regular breathing will also purify your blood. There are three phases to breathing:
1. Inhaling - take in air into your body through the nose
2. Retaining - hold your breath inside your body
3. Exhaling - blow out air from your body through the mouth It is during deep sleep that growth hormone does its job of thickening and lengthening your bones. So appropriate sleeping time (not the longer, the better) and correct sleeping posture is very important for your body to grow. Sleep is defined as a natural periodic state of rest for the mind and body, in which the eyes usually close and consciousness is completely or partially lost, so that there is a decrease in bodily movement and responsiveness to external stimuli.

During deep sleep, growth hormone produced by your pituitary gland is released into your blood stream and travel through your body and causes the thickening and lengthening of your bones. Therefore, you should achieve "deep level" sleep on a daily basis in order to coordinate your affords of exercises and proper diet. The following are some helpful tips on how to easily achieve deep level sleep.

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mega_megz143 | Student, Grade 5 | eNoter

Posted September 6, 2013 at 12:58 PM (Reply #1)

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Sleep in a comfortable and firm mattress. 
Sleep in a room that is dark, quiet and fresh smelling.
Sleep with clean, soft, and comfortable clothes. 
Keep your hands and feet warm. Scientific studies have shown that warm hands and feet will help induce REM (rapid eye movement) deep sleep. Cold hands and feet will keep you from deep sleep.
Drink a big glass of water before going to bed and when you wake up; this will help clean out your system. 
Practice total relaxation and deep breathing for a few minutes before you go to bed.
Relax from head to toe. Close your eyes and relax every part of your body. 
Maintain a habit of sleeping at the same time everyday, including weekends. 
Sleep on your back with a flat pillow under your knees. This will align your spine properly and prevent any back aches caused by sleeping in a bent position. 

Undoubtedly, the quality, quantity, and type of food we eat affect our height, growth, and health. We cannot emphasize enough how important your food intake is in determining how much growth you can possibly obtain. The types of food you eat will either improve or decrease your growth potential.
After careful consideration and research, the daily content of protein, carbohydrates, fats and water can be achieved if the following items were taken regularly.

Carrots Fish Liver
Egg Yolk Beef Red Meat
Milk Cheese Apples
Green Vegetables Potatoes Nuts
Yellow Vegetables Almonds Bananas
Peanuts Chicken Beans
Peas Salt 6-8 glasses of water per day

If you eat a lot of peanut butter, your height will not necessarily stop. Neither does masturbation stop height.
What might stop you from growing is smoking, drugs, alcohol, lack of sleep, stress, digestive problems, or lack of exercise.

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crystaltu001 | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted July 7, 2014 at 12:39 AM (Answer #12)

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Drink a lot of milk and exercise and sleep well

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jess1999 | Student, Grade 9 | Valedictorian

Posted July 18, 2014 at 2:51 PM (Answer #13)

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Doctors have told me that if I want to grow taller I should eat healthy without worrying about getting fat since you can always lose weight at any age but you can't always grow taller. You should consume a lot calcium, make sure to drink milk everyday.  I also do a lot of jumping such as jumping ropes or basketball since doctors have told me that it helps ( which it does since I'm one of the tallest people in my class ). Overall though,  genes really do help, so if shortness runs in your family it's sometimes really hard to grow taller. 

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atyourservice | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted July 30, 2014 at 4:54 AM (Answer #14)

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Eat food with a lot of calcium, as calcium is used to strengthened the bones. Although height is determined by your genes, so you can only grow a specific height. You can reach the height your genes allow you to grow at a mazximum but you cant go over that.

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