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How to grow tall?

I am 17 years old. My height is 5'7'. I would love to grow another 3-4 inches before my growth stops. I was around 5'5 when I was 17 and I have only grown 2 inches in the last 5 years. What should I do in a packed schedule to increase my height. Does any supplement help?
Sat, 17 May 2014
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Hello dear,

Height of an individual is determined by Genetics, Environmental & Nutritional factors and Hormonal factors (most important the Growth Hormone secreted by pituitary gland in brain)
An individual stops growing in height after the fusion of the Epiphyses (growth plates) of the long bones, which occurs by the age of 16-19 yrs in females & 17-21 yrs in males.

So...as you are 17 yrs old now, there is still chance of an increase in height.
An X ray for bone age determination can be taken to look for the fusion of epiphyses.

Make sure that you are taking a healthy & balanced diet, exercise regularly & avoid stress.
Protein rich diet like soya, groundnut, pulses, etc should be incorporated in your diet plan.
Consume more of natural diet like fresh fruits, green vegetables, milk, eggs, wheat, etc.
Avoid oily and junk food.
Stay away from smoking & alcohol.
These measures will be helpful in improving your height.

One more thing, please do not get influenced by any advertisement or health supplement which claim to boost your growth hormone & increase height...it may be harmful.

Wishing you Good Health.
Take care.
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