Does food really help you grow taller?

by | Aug 14, 2020 | Height Increase


Reviewed by  Dr. Andrew Grover,  CPT

Let’s clear this myth or a reality together by looking into some facts about height. Two growth periods are important for determining adult height: growth occurring from conception to 2 years of age, and growth occurring during adolescence before the onset of puberty. Growth trajectories are similar across countries during the first few months of an infant’s life, lag behind during the post-weaning period in low- and middle-income countries, and are again similar after the age of 2 years. So adult height represents the balance between nutritional intake losses over time particularly during the growth period. 

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Now coming to Nutrition what you wanted to actually know about. Nutrition is the most important external factor affecting linear growth. Growth retardation is often a response to a  limited supply of nutrition at the cellular level. Now you might be thinking about when actually is the right time to choose the best nutritive foods for your height. Then you must know it starts with your mother when you were in her womb! Yes, but it’s never too late to start good nutrition and gain your maximum potential. Now talk about some maternal  supplementation that can actually let you grow taller; These are  

  • Iodine
  • Iron
  • Folate
  • And Calcium 

But here is some good news as well if your mother hasn’t supplemented her food with these micronutrients. That good vibe is: Nutrition affects growth more in the postnatal period than in a prenatal period” Foods that help you grow taller. Protein and protein  Repeat it many times as protein is the most essential single nutrient, followed by minerals and vitamin A and D. Protein:  Protein enhances your IGF levels which in turn is helpful in linear growth. There are tons of protein food ideas for you. Just look around your kitchen and find the one you even crave for. 


Milk consumption is particularly increased consumption of cow’s milk is associated with linear growth. And here is the summary of foods that will actually help you grow taller before you hit puberty.:) 

  • Eggs
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Almonds
  • Leafy greens
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Flaxseeds
  • Quinoa
  • Berries

Keep in mind that the substantial truth about height and foods lies in mindful eating, healthy eating, and a balanced diet with correct portions. So, go grab some food and enjoy.

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