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Foods That Make You Tall

Updated on December 11, 2015

What Helps Us Grow Taller?

A healthy, balanced diet and the right lifestyle choices can help us grow taller.

  • Children should eat nutritious foods during their growing years to prevent stunted growth.
  • Adults can also add a few inches to their height (even after their growth years are over) by eating the right kind of food and following the right lifestyle choices, along with certain exercises.

Here are some foods that can help or that you should try to avoid if you want to grow taller:

Food Rich in Protein, Vitamins, and Minerals.

Protein is comprised of amino acids, which contain enzymes, hormones, and antibodies that stimulate growth and helps in the human body work effectively.

  • Whole eggs, fish, milk, and legumes specifically are protein rich.

Reduce Intake of Carbohydrates, Junk Food, and Fat

Some foods also can reduce the rate of the human growth hormones that make you grow tall. Those should be excluded from your diet, and this includes carbohydrates and fats.

Carbohydrate-rich foods, like cereals, bread, and rice, can hinder growth so you should try to reduce intake of them in your diet. Just think, Europeans consume more protein than carbs in their diet, and they are taller than Asians, who tend to eat more carbohydrate-rich food.

  • Meat is rich in lipids and saturated fats that impede or can slow down our growth. It's best to slacken the consumption of meat. If you are a meat-eater, stick to lean red meats, fish, liver, or seafood like pink salmon with long bones, blue crabs, rainbow trouts, and clams. These are all low in fat and can help you to grow, as they are rich in fatty acids.
  • Even flax seed oil and walnut can help, as these too contain fatty acids.
  • Avoid pastries, sweets, sodas, and fried food, which are high in fat.
  • Alcohol and smoking can also stunt growth

Calcium

Calcium is absolutely necessary for the growth of healthy bones. It also help us to grow tall.

  • Hence, foods rich in calcium — like milk and other dairy products, like yogurt and cheese should form a part of your diet.
  • Leafy vegetables like spinach and mustard greens are another source of calcium. They are also good for eyesight.

Vitamin C

Citrus fruits like oranges, limes, and lemon are rich in Vitamin C and they help to promote absorption of calcium. Hence, consuming more can result in strong bones, which helps a body to grow tall. They also can help to prevent diseases like scurvy, joint pain, and anemia.

Eat Healthy in General

In general, eating healthier can help.

  • This means more whole grains, vegetables, fruits.
  • Also, dried beans like nigari, cow peas, and soybeans.
  • Drink plenty of water to promote muscle growth and to help remove toxins from your body.
  • Whey protein and boiled chicken can also help you to grow tall.


Besides promoting growth, this above list can help make you mentally and physically stronger. Along with good food, exercises like swimming, playing basket ball, yoga, and other stretching exercises help.

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      Sarika Mehra 2 months ago

      I just replied and medicine do not help gain height

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      Sarika Mehra 2 months ago

      You have to do swimming regularly so that you can help to stretch the spinal cord . It has hidden inches

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      Unkown 3 months ago

      Hi aunt,

      I mean 5 cm.

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      Unkown 6 months ago

      Did you read my question?

      I want to grow 5 inches and i'm 23.

      Also can I have medicines from my doctor to grow taller at this age?

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      Unkown 6 months ago

      I'm 23 can I still grow 5 inches before age of 25? What is the BEST thing for more height at this age.

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      Sarika Mehra 12 months ago

      Nisha follow the hub,it will help you to pull height.

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      nisha 15 months ago

      hi.. I'm 15 yrs old . what should do to increase my height i'm really worried about this. plz... suggest me some idea THANK U...

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      Sarika Mehra 23 months ago

      Kaarvi ,you may ask anything on the hub ,meeting may not be possible,

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      Kaarvi 23 months ago

      Dear lotus love

      I would like to visit you personally. Can u tell me where u r available?? I have already given my introduction on your blog spot page but I would like to meet you nd den take a step!!

      Kaarvi

      13yr old

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      Sarika Mehra 2 years ago

      malavika,.also do a lot of stretching yoga asana ,drink a lot of water and keep hydrated,run in the sun so that your calcium is absorbed properly in the body and no worrying as it release certain hormones that retard height.keep happy.

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      malavika 2 years ago

      hi.i am 14 years old.will be 15 in may.i am 5'2 now.my mum is 5'5 and dad is 5'9.i want to be 5'5.is it possible?will i be able to achieve it by following a protein and calcium rich diet and by stretching exercises?

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      Sarika Mehra 2 years ago

      Renu Srivastav .miracles do not happen for such things ,you have towork hard for a long period and then get the results,read the tips given in the hub and the comments and follow them.

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      Renu Srivastav 2 years ago

      Hello,

      Am renu srivastav,am 22 years old,my height is only 5 ,bt i want to need 4-5 inches, so plzzzz help me ayurvedic recipe for fast naturally growth on 6 weeks.....

      my email.id-kumarirenu012@gmail.com

      thankyou

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      Sarika Mehra 2 years ago

      Veer,excessive of any type helps ,even skipping helps but check you food ,avoid starchy and junk food ,drink plenty of water .

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      Sarika Mehra 2 years ago

      juan jr ,some children grow late,so not much to worry,but sometimes children remain short for hereditary reason,but never give up hope ,for the tips in the hub and in certain comments,they will help him to grow tall.

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      Veer 2 years ago

      I m 16 years old. I m 5.6 ft. ,in height. Question is that does skipping the rope works to grow height.

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      juan jr 2 years ago

      Hi lotuslove

      I have a young brother who has 17 years old and his height is about 5ft-5'2ft. He is still complaining that he is short and also his friends always tells him that he is short. So I need to know...

      1. Can he grow taller than that?

      2. Is he short, average height or tall?

      3. If he can grow taller than that what does he need to eat and do?

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      Sarika Mehra 2 years ago

      #Lifegoals,sweet potatoes and very rich in nutrients ,you should not discard then from your diet,yes ,potatoes could be restricted.

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      #Lifegoals 2 years ago

      Hi lotuslove,

      I love your article is has given me so much motivation and hope for growing taller! Thank you. Just wanted to ask, should I avoid starchy vegetables like potatoes and sweet potatoes?

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      Sarika Mehra 2 years ago

      Neetu,then yoga is the best option and bamboo powder is called vansh lochan

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      Neetu 2 years ago

      No I am in US. Is there anything else I can do.

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      Sarika Mehra 2 years ago

      neetu,if you are in India,you may try looking for bathua sag and see how you can give your daughter everyday,you can make raita or make sabji or kneed it in the flour and make chapatis.

      Bamboo powder is called Banslochan Powder in hindi

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      neetu 2 years ago

      What is bamboo root powder? Is there anything else I can try to increase my daughter's height?

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      Sarika Mehra 2 years ago

      shreyanss ,you have time to grow tall, do not take stress as your body will secrete hormones that may harm your height,so do swimming drink plenty of water play in the sun and be carefree.

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      Sarika Mehra 2 years ago

      Shaw10,sorry I do not know about it ,you may consult a doctor for it.

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      Sarika Mehra 2 years ago

      Shaw10 ,some people are genetically tall and some have to work hard to be tall ,anyway,the bread I am talking about is made from white flour,the whole wheat flour is definitely good for health.

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      Shaw10 2 years ago

      Last question, how do you feel about a supplement containing L-Arginine HCL, L-Lycine, Glutamine, Glycine, L-Ornithine HCL, Colostrum,and Ornithine Alphaketoglutarate

      I wont say the name of the company but they claim their product containing ONLY these ingredients are not only 100% safe and natural but it helps to boosts bone, muscle and cartilage growth to grow taller. Is a product like this worth getting? Or is it a waste of time?

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      Shaw10 2 years ago

      Lotuslove19 may god bless you for helping the people in need i swear you are amazing and if its not too much trouble I just have a quick question about bread, i understand you say due to carbohydrates it isnt good for you however i believe ive read somewhere that whole grains or wheat whole grains are good for growth so im confused is there certain types of breads to stay away from? I usually have subway breads and eat all kinds... Is that bad or is there one of their breads i should stay away from and what about naan? Alot of indian and pakistani people eat this daily and are still very tall

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      shreyanss 2 years ago

      I'm shreyanss nd I'm about 16 yrs old nd my height is 5.5 nd I'm taller than my parents but i still want to increase my height just 2 inches..... its very important for me pls help me.. i do skipping everyday nd take one glass milk.. is it enough to increase my height just 2 inches ??

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      Sarika Mehra 2 years ago

      Ankit singh,if youread the hub and the comments carefully you will soon know how to help yourself ,you still have a couple of growth buds left you will soon become tall ,do not worry,stress shops the growth.

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      Ankit singh 2 years ago

      hi I'm Ankit and i'm15 years old and I'm 5"2.In my home all are longer so also I want to increase my height.please help me to grow and suggest me what I have to do for growth in my height......

      Thanks

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      Animalpeace28 2 years ago

      Thank you madame! I will come back so update my progress (hopefully that will be soon)!

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      Sarika Mehra 2 years ago

      Disha,grow your talent and make yourself big,you have average Indian women height.Avoid stress it stunts your height.

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      Sarika Mehra 2 years ago

      Animalpeace28,avoid fatty foods ,avoid white starch and rice .

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      Disha 2 years ago

      Hi, I m a girl of 17 I m very fed up of my height...my height is about 5'1...as my younger sister height is 5'4...my all frnds use to tease me....it is not possible for me doing exercise like swimming n due to my studies I m not able to take proper sleep...max sleep I take is 5-6 hours....plss help me as after one year I will be in college... N I don't want at all that my new frnds also tease me

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      Animalpeace28 2 years ago

      Hi lotuslove19! Thanks for your reply! What do you mean by I have to be careful with my eating? Should I add anything extra to my diet? Also what time should I sleep? Cheers

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      Sarika Mehra 2 years ago

      Jahanvi Singh,till the age of thirty you really do not need calcium,its just that run in the sun and your calcium will be absorbed.

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      Sarika Mehra 2 years ago

      Jahanvi Singhdo plenty of exercises ,running skipping ,drink plenty of water avoid carbohydrates,read the hub and follow you will be helped.

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      Sarika Mehra 2 years ago

      Animalpeace28,you have to be careful about your eating and do not worry you have plenty of time to pull height ,keep doing what you are doing your effort will be paid,take no stress as stress stunts height.

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      Jahanvi Singh 2 years ago from Calcutta, India

      i m about to turn 18 in 2 months my height is 5.1 mom is 5.2 and dad 5.9 i ate homoeopathic height medicine at 14 which didn't work at 15 i lost my verginity with my bf and is continuing (sry fr prsnl details). My family is worried about my height. i want to grow minimum of 4-5 inches. my dad bought me protein powder, calcium tablets and complan which i dont take.

      aunty please suggest me something which could work wonder for me please aunty its urgent.

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      Jahanvi Singh 2 years ago from Calcutta, India

      I m going to turn 18 in 2 mnths and my height is 5.1' at the age of 14 i ate heightex capsules which was homeopathic but didnt worked for me and from the age of 15 i lost my verginity. all my family members are worried about my height my mom is 5.2 and dad is 5.8 please suggest me something powerful which could work wonders for me

      i am also going to consume nutrilite protein powder and calcium tablets and complan and will exercise regularly but still there is any hope for me aunty please suggest me as soon as possible i am extremely worried.

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      Animalpeace28 2 years ago

      Hey I've been doing most of the tips you've mention for 2 years now. I am a 14 years girl around 165cm but want to be 170cm+ My mum is very healthy so I was always like that as well. I do swimming training 5 times a week, and play basketball on the weekend. I drink milk, eat cheese, protein, veggies and fruits as well as I take calcium supplements everyday. But the thing is, I haven't really been growing. I've never had a growth spurt so I am still waiting for it. My mum is keen on me eating my carbs even though I told her it stunts growth. What should I do? Is there anything I'm missing or not doing right? Thanks!

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      Sarika Mehra 2 years ago

      pinky sengupta,how can you say so without giving it a try.

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      pinky sengupta 2 years ago

      i want to be tall as180 cm but though i cannot after doing all these.

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      Sarika Mehra 2 years ago

      rocky,too much of anything is bad and you are pretty young so gradually change your habit and it will affect your personality,height has little to do with it.

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      Sarika Mehra 2 years ago

      mohan,you can surely pull more height ,do swimming and follow the tips given in the hub and comments.

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      Sarika Mehra 2 years ago

      lachu8,are you kidding ,you have awesome height and you want more height ,to loose weight walk 4 kms everyday and eat fat free food.

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      lachu8 2 years ago

      hey mam! im a girl of 15 and im just 5'9..i wanna gain some hieght...and also loose wieght!

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      mohan 2 years ago

      M 19 and m just 5'2...will it possible for me to increase my height....?

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      rocky 2 years ago

      i am mastrubating for 7 months my height i 5 feet 5 inches my age is 16 can i grow taller if avoid mastrubating from present

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      Sarika Mehra 2 years ago

      pooja yadav11,follow the tips given in the hub and comments,it will really helps to gain height.

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      Sarika Mehra 2 years ago

      pooja11,what do you want and why you want to reach me.

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      pooja11 2 years ago

      Mam

      I can't reach you

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      Sarika Mehra 2 years ago

      arun,lot of running ,taking sun bath every day keep your self hydrated have a lot of green leafy vegetables especiallly bathua leaves ,do exercise and you will see growing tall,do swimming if you can.

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      arun 2 years ago

      can we growth our height using some nutrient food and tablet like complan,horlicks,and more which is right one and give some more detail about increase human height now i am 19years old...

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      Pooja yadav 2 years ago from jhansi,india

      hi, i am 18 year old and 5'3 . is it possible to gain more inches by changing sleeping postures and stretching. if it is then which kind of stretching and sleeping postures will be effective??? and my eating habits is already very good and i avoid junk food.

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      Sarika Mehra 2 years ago

      ashii,you have plenty of time to pull height so relax and start doing what i suggested in the hub and the comments.

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      ashii 3 years ago

      I am 16 years old boy my height is 170cm I want to be 185cm tall

      and what I have to do?

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      Sarika Mehra 3 years ago

      nasir dilawar ,do swimming it will help to pull extra inches.

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      Sarika Mehra 3 years ago

      konayuki ,follow the tips religiously ,it will help you to increase height.

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      Sarika Mehra 3 years ago

      ishita. Get some supplement from the market to fulfill your dietary needs

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      Sarika Mehra 3 years ago

      Cody1994Spain.,That's cool.Its true you have to follow rules religiously

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      Cody1994Spain 3 years ago

      This is all treu. I'm still growing but be really strict.. Besides that thank you for this Hub.

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      ishita 3 years ago

      Hello iam 23 years old iam 5ft.i want to be an airhostess for that i should have atleast 5.4"..can i increase my height.i have started skipping and some streching excercise...and iam staying in hostel so for me its not possible to follow proper diet and milk n yoyogurt ..please suggest me some tips what shall i do..

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      konayuki 3 years ago

      Hello im now 19male, im just 5`6 is there any chance that ill be taller?

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      nasir dilawar 3 years ago

      i am 26 my height is 5.5 i want to more inches plz tell me what i do mam plzzzzz my friends laugh my height

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      Sarika Mehra 3 years ago

      Rutika Patil,you may write your problem here and get the possible help.

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      Sarika Mehra 3 years ago

      Good Boy,read the suggestions provided on the hub it will help you ,do not lose hope you still have time to pull height ,you will surely be a tall man one day.

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      Good Boy 3 years ago

      AOA, my age is 15 year after 15 day I become 16 year and my height is 5.2 inches ....please any one help me to increase my height

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      Rutika Patil 3 years ago

      pls give me ur email id

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      Sarika Mehra 3 years ago

      You need to run cycle and do jumping or skipping everyday ,avoid junky food ,have pleny of water and get enough of sunlight all this will help you topull height,do not forget to take eight hours sleep every night as we know we grow when we are sleeping.

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      rajiv 3 years ago

      i am 13 i am 4.7 . ,how can i increase my height?

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      Sarika Mehra 3 years ago

      Yangerti,many children grow after 16 years of age,so relax do running drink plenty of water stop starchy food ,do cycling and swimming.

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      Sarika Mehra 3 years ago

      Bin,you are very young and you will surely attain your father's height ,do swimming cycling ,running everyday it will help you to grow tall.avoid starchy food and have plenty of water everyday.

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      Sarika Mehra 3 years ago

      aseem,do plenty of swimming everyday ,it helps to increase height at your age.

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      aseem 3 years ago

      iam 24 years old and iam just 153cm only,can i increase my length?any medicine?

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      Bin 3 years ago

      Hello ma, i am a 16years old boy frm nigeria i am 135cm tall and i which i could be as tall as my father which is 180cm tall although my mother is a short woman not more than 120cm pls can i still attain my father‘s height if so pls tell me what to do i am waiting for ur reply thanks.

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      Yangerti 3 years ago

      hi my name is Yanger and i am 15 years old and it seems that my height is not growing.My height is 4.1 and i really want my height grow like around 5.6 so can you please help me out

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      Wendiz 3 years ago

      Thank you comrades.I have learnt.

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      Sarika Mehra 3 years ago

      Hey!,you have plenty of time to grow ,white rice is starch and we say avoid it in growing children.

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      Hey! 3 years ago

      Oh Hi :)

      I'm just wonder why do we need to avoid white rice?

      Also I'm 14 now and 5ft do you think will I be grow?

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      Sarika Mehra 3 years ago

      raman,follow the tips on the hub religiously and you will see yourself growing tall.

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      raman 3 years ago

      i am 14 years old and my hieght is 5.1 ft i want to increase my hight

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      kakasaka 3 years ago

      ya surely i do

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      Sarika Mehra 3 years ago

      kakasaka,read the comments carefully you will find yourself a solution for growing tall.

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      Sarika Mehra 3 years ago

      kakasaka,sure,if the help is within my reach.

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      kakasaka 3 years ago

      I really cared about me. Its my dream to be taller.. suggest me exercise and diet.

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      kakasaka 3 years ago

      I really cared about me. I like to achive my dreams.for that I needs ur help .

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      Sarika Mehra 3 years ago

      kakasaka ,,you can grow an inch or two if you really care for yourself.

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      kakasaka 3 years ago

      am 22 now my height is 5.7 , but my dreams is to be 6 . can i make it . i need ur help

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      anushka 3 years ago

      Thankyou so much madam. :-)

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      Sarika Mehra 3 years ago

      anushka,I have answered your question ,pls check on the hub.

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      Sarika Mehra 3 years ago

      anushka,your uncle is right,it does encourages hormonal changes .you can instead you can have natural foods that encourage growth like ground nuts.

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      anushka 3 years ago

      I am 16 year old girl and my height is 5'8. I am drinking complan since childhood. But my uncle says that it is not good for health in teenage years as it encourages hormonal changes in girls. Is it true? Should I stop taking complan? Plz help me madam.

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      Sarika Mehra 3 years ago

      rakesh,you follow the tips provided in the hub and the comments you will surely reach your target of few inches.

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      Sarika Mehra 3 years ago

      vasu,Relax,you still have 6 years to grow.

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      rakesh 3 years ago

      hi my height is 5'feet 8 inches and i want to grow tall up to 6'2' and my age is 22 after june it may be 23 is this possible.do you have any medicines

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      vasu 3 years ago

      i m 17 , meri height 5.9,kya meri height 2-3 inc bad skti hai

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      Sarika Mehra 3 years ago

      sidhu ,if you have a genetic defect ,then you may not grow much ,so check your genetic history ,do prayanam and yoga ,it may help you to gain few inches.