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

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sosthenes8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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. 

pacorz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

dooby18 | Student

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. 

goslingboy | Student

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 

ik9744 | Student

You need a lot of calcium. Drink a cup of milk everyday to gain enough calcium for your bones to be strong. I've been told that if you exercise the bottom of your feet [Jump roping or jumping in general], you get taller. I'm unsure if it's true or not. Also sleep whenever you have time! That is very important!

atyourservice | Student

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.

mega_megz143 | Student

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.

lulufrancis | Student

Cheese, milk are suggested.

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

sipy | Student

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

do some exercise like basketball and swimming.


That will really help :)

good luck :)

homework-help | Student

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.  

fred4441 | Student

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.

lloricwriter | Student

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.

jess1999 | Student

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. 

crystaltu001 | Student

Drink a lot of milk and exercise and sleep well

kezze | Student
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.
evan82 | Student

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