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How to make you look taller naturally

Maybe you feel like your friends have suddenly hit a growth spurt and you’re seriously lagging behind. Maybe the rest of your family is really big and you’re wondering if there’s anything you can do to catch up. The truth is that a person’s height is largely determined by things beyond their control – their genes. Know, however, that there are many factors that affect height “that can be controlled,” a battery of natural behaviors, techniques, and foods that will augment your ability to grow taller! So if you’re still growing, read on to learn about the natural ways that work for you and with you to help you grow taller!

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Eat a balanced diet!

A person looks smaller if they have a plump body. Not only that – being fit by eating right makes you taller and makes you feel better! Eat plenty of lean protein! Lean proteins such as white poultry, fish, soy, and dairy help promote muscle growth and healthy bones. Simple carbs like pizza, cake, candy, and soda are the stuff to stay away from. Eat plenty of calcium! Calcium, found in leafy green vegetables such as spinach and kale, and in dairy products (yogurt and milk), helps promote healthy bones. Get Enough Zinc! Studies, although not yet complete, suggest a possible link between zinc deficiencies and stunted growth in boys. Good sources of zinc include oysters, wheat germ, pumpkin and pumpkin seeds, lamb, peanuts, and crabs. Get enough vitamin D! Vitamin D promotes bone and muscle growth in children, and deficiency has been shown to stall growth and cause weight gain in adolescent girls. Vitamin D is commonly found in fish, alfalfa, or mushrooms.

Exercise during adolescence and puberty to slightly increase your height!

Do regular jumping exercises, such as jumping rope! Be active! Socialize and work your muscles for at least 30 minutes a day! Go to a gym! Going to a gym gives you access to a ton of great exercise and muscle-building machines. It also keeps you motivated to exercise (you’d feel silly not exercising at the gym). Join a sports team! People who join sports teams use their natural competitive instincts to burn off extra calories and hopefully get their bodies bigger. The great thing about team sports is that half the time you don’t even realize you’re exercising. If nothing else, walk around! If you can’t find time to do anything else, get up and walk around! Run to the grocery store! Run to the library! Run to school!

Get enough sleep every night!

Sleep is the time when your body is growing. So getting plenty of sleep equates to giving your body time to grow. Get between 9 and 11 hours of sleep a night when you’re under 20! Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is naturally produced in our bodies, particularly during sleep or long-wave sleep. Getting good, proper sleep stimulates the production of HGH, which is made in the pituitary gland.

Understand that the majority of your height is predetermined by genetics!

Scientists estimate that 60% to 80% of your height is determined by your genes. Unfortunately, you either have great genes or you don’t. That’s not to say you can’t grow up if you have parents who tend to be small; it just means that smaller parents mean you’re more likely to be smaller.

Try not to let your growth stagnate!

There may not be much you can do to increase your size, but there are several steps you can take to ensure that environmental factors aren’t reducing your natural size. Both drugs and alcohol are thought to contribute to stunted growth if ingested while you are young, and malnutrition can also prevent you from reaching your full size. “Does caffeine really stall your growth?” Scientific studies show that, no, caffeine does not stall growth. However, caffeine has a higher risk of preventing you from getting proper, regular sleep. Children and adolescents need around 9-10 hours of sleep, and caffeine may affect your ability to get that amount of sleep. “Does smoking really stall your growth?” The effects of smoking and passive smoking on body mass index (BMI) are inconclusive. According to Columbia University’s Internet Health Resource, “Although the studies that have been made are largely inconclusive, the available research suggests that children who smoke or passively smoke are smaller than those who do not smoke or the children of non-smokers are.” “Do steroids really stall your growth?” Absolutely. Anabolic steroids prevent bone growth in young children and adolescents, along with decreasing sperm count, decreasing breast size, increasing blood pressure and increasing heart attack risk. Children and adolescents with asthma who use inhalers that deliver small doses of the steroid budesonide are, on average, 1 to 1.5 cm shorter than those who are not on steroids.

Expect to be in your twenties when you stop growing!

A lot of young kids look at themselves and ask, “Have I stopped growing yet?” If you’re under 18, the answer is probably “No!” If you’re not past puberty, then you haven’t yet stopped growing. Instead of worrying about how tall you will be, try to be grateful that you have some time to grow up.

Bulk up your size

Have a good attitude!

Always stand up straight instead of arching your back! Spread your shoulders slightly towards your back! Having good posture makes you look a lot taller!

Wear tighter clothes!

Tighter clothing can accentuate the lines of your body. When you wear baggy clothing, these lines disappear, making you look smaller. But wear tight clothing that makes you feel good and not one that makes you feel nervous or uncomfortable!

Increase your height!

Girls can always wear higher heels. Avoid wearing flat shoes or flip-flops! Wear heels instead!

Show the best features of your body!

If you have long legs, wear shorts or mini skirts to accentuate your legs! Don’t wear a belt as it makes you appear visually smaller. Try to avoid wearing leg warmers or leggings, which will visually shorten your legs and make you look smaller!

Wear clothes in dark colors!

Sometimes looking taller is just about looking slimmer. If you’re able to look slimmer, chances are you’ll look taller as well. Colors like black, dark blue, and forest green can all help make you look both slimmer and taller, especially if you wear dark on both the top and bottom. It’s best to wear clothes of the same color as a mix of colors divides your body and makes you look smaller.

Wear clothes with “vertical” stripes!

It makes you look taller. Horizontal stripes do the opposite.

Tips

Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables! Stretch as far as you can to get taller! Lie on the floor and let yourself be massaged! Massage relaxes your muscles, which makes you just a little taller. Don’t diet if you haven’t stopped growing! This can make you smaller. Wear jeggings, yoga pants, leggings or skinny jeans! Sweat pants and baggy jeans tend to make you look small.

About the Author

John Hill

John Hill is a freelance writer who covers a wide range of topics, including gaming, personal finance, gadget reviews, travel, entertainment, and education. With an extensive journalistic background, he has written for several print and online publications.