How can I increase my height?

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Although you can’t increase your height (because it’s mostly determined by genetics), you should make sure to eat foods from all of the food groups every day to meet your nutritional needs. Making sure you get the proper nutrients does factor into reaching your maximum height.

Things that you may have heard will increase your height, but won’t, include:

  • Eating lots of extra protein or taking protein supplements
  • Taking amino acid supplements or anabolic steroids (stay away from these – they impact hormones and prevent proper bone growth in young children and teens)