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How to grow tall?

Hello sir, i am Sachin,yesterday i turned 21,My height is 5 feet 5 .Sir can u please tell me about the diet i need to take to increase my height especially specifying the fruits and vegetables i should take.Lastly,should i go for Step up..and do exercises
Tue, 1 Jul 2014
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Hello
Thanks for writing to HCM
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 21 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.
Discuss this with your doctor and then decide
Hope this helps
Take Care.
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