By cleverly organising the visual elements of clothes and their design, you can manipulate the way your body is perceived and make yourself appear taller. To beat up your height disadvantages when you are on a job interview or a romantic date, follow these tips:

Hair style
Have the hair style that makes you appear taller. In order to appear taller, a hair style should be thin at the sides and higher up top, which can make you appear as much as an inch taller. Do not have any wide hair style. Also, a bald head can makes a person appear shorter.



· Avoid clothes with horizontal lines. Belts are horizontal so make sure you conceal it in your clothes. Avoid clothes with a tartan or checked pattern. Avoid cuffs that makes your legs appear shorter.
· Wear clothes with vertical lines or striping. Vertical lines or stripping make a person appear thinner, and thinness in turn gives impression of more height.
· Avoid wearing sharply contrasting clothes and pants together, these will easily expose the real length of your legs and make you look shorter.
· Wear clothes with shoulder pads. Shoulder pads make your shoulders appear broader and your whole body slender.
· Wear shoes that will make you appear taller. If you are a female, this should be easy since you can find a lot of female shoes with 2 or 3 inches’ heels. For males, wear shoes with thick soles to add the illusion of height.
· Avoid clothes that are made from heavy and bulky fabric. They add width and hence shorten the image visually.
· Wear cuffless pants to make the legs look longer.
· Wear a coat or jacket that is of the perfect length. They should end where the buttocks meet the legs.

· Match your pants’ colour with your shoes colour to make the legs look longer.
· Lengthen your upper torso by wearing a belt that matches your top.
· Dark colours such as black, navy blue, and charcoal grey projects power and competency. Lighter colours make you appear more approachable. If you want a commanding and confident image, try wearing dark colors.

Good standing posture

One very basic way to improve your posture is by leaning against a wall. Keep your head, shoulder blades,
buttocks and heels in contact with the wall. At the same time, use your muscles to pull back your neck, waist and
knees to minimise the space between your body and the wall. There should be only slight gaps.



Good posture provides many physical and psychological benefits. It is an important component for back health and height increase. Good posture helps maximise your height not just because of the obvious reason that you are sitting and standing tall rather than slouching and slumping, but for other structural and physiological reasons as well.

The pelvis acts as a lever and directly influences our posture and stature. When the pelvis is carried too far forward, the condition is termed a Milted Pelvis. This condition directly robs you of extra height and is generally the result of a person with lack of stomach muscles and who usually has a large stomach.


Over time, gravity will take a toll on the body and cause spinal disc degeneration, muscle loss, and force the body to slump or slouch. By maintaining proper postural alignment you can significantly reduce the negative effects of aging as well as promote growth.

By consciously trying to stand straight and walk tall at all times, you can start to improve your posture and strengthen the relevant muscles to relieve unnecessary stress and compression on your discs. As a result, your height is maximised.

Vitamins and Minerals on Growth

An adequate and sufficient supply of vitamins and minerals must be consumed in order for all the physiological functions of the body, in particular growth and development, to take place at the most optimum level. Eating fish is of supreme importance, it has lots of minerals that other foods lack, and help your body grow. Undoubtedly, vitamins and minerals are responsible for your bone length and density. The bone mineral established during childhood and adolescence may be the determinant of bone mineral in adulthood. Elements that help you grow are as follows.

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Ideal Height and Weight Table



12 tips for healthy nutrition

For a complete guideline of nutrition to increase height, go to:

  1. Eat at regular hours.
  2. Don’t skip any meal.
  3. Don’t forget to eat breakfast. Always start the day with a well-rounded meal.
  4. Take the time to taste and to chew your food well.
  5. Vary your menu.
  6. Avoid pastries, sweets, crisps, soda drinks – anything that has little or no nutritious value.
  7. Beware of salt consumption. It can cause hypertension.
  8. Eat a lot of raw vegetables and fresh juice. Choose whole wheat bread.
  9. Drink six (6) to eight (8) glasses of water or vegetable juice or sugar-free juice per day.
  10. You should also drink milk.
  11. Eat good quality food supplements every day.
  12. After each meal you should rest. Don’t start to work or exercise right after.


Undoubtedly, the quality, quantity, and type of food we eat affect our height, growth, and health. We cannot emphasize enough how important your food intake is in determining how much growth you can possibly obtain. The types of food you eat will either improve or decrease your growth potential. After careful consideration and research, the daily content of protein, carbohydrates, fats and water can be achieved if the following items were taken regularly. Please take note that this is a guideline and you are free to your own thoughts. Feed yourself rationally to increase your height, be full of energy and live a fuller life.
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Height Decreasing Disorders

Many conditions or disorders can cause a loss of height or a hindrance of growth. Some are easy to detect and correct, and some are not. The stresses and pressures caused by the environment have lead many people, particularly women, into establishing unhealthy eating habits and disorders. There are a couple of genetically induced diseases that contribute to growth abnormalities as well as height decreasing conditions. We will briefly highlight a few common problems that can cause height loss.

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The Spinal Column

Fundamental knowledge of its structure and function can dramatically increase your height and growth potential.
The spinal column is one of the most important body parts. Without it you could not support yourself upright and perform many complex functions. A healthy spine will optimise your body’s transmission of energy and go through your daily tasks with ease and comfort.

For adults, there are 33 vertebrae in your spinal column. The first important component of the spine is cartilaginous pads called intervertebra discs. These discs are located between each of these 33 vertebrae. They are pads of soft tissue that lie between the vertebrae. Its main function is to act as shock absorbers and provide separation between each vertebra. It is also responsible for the flexibility of the spine. On average, your total discs account for one-quarter the length of your vertebral column 4.50″ to 6″ (12 to 15 cm) for most people. The thicker those discs, the longer your spinal column is and the taller you become.

The vertebral column typically consists of 33 vertebrae – 7 cervical, 12 thoracic, 5 lumbar, 5 fused sacral and 4 coccygeal.

The only way for the discs to return to a more youthful state is to stimulate the spine. This can be done by regular stretching and moving the spine through its full range of motion so that blood circulation and fluid content of the discs are increased. Otherwise, the discs may lose its elasticity and become rigid, and hence will lead to height loss. Regular stretching and inversion can help increase your height by expanding the
discs and lengthening your spine.

These discs acquire nourishment through fluid-attracting and fluid-absorbing qualities of its jelly-like nucleus. During non-weight bearing activities (like sleeping) the discs expand as they soak up fluid, increasing the length of the spine by as much as an inch overnight. However, the pull of gravity during the day results in compression fatigue that causes the average adult loses an inch in height each day primarily because fluid is squeezed out of the spinal discs (this reverses during sleep). Therefore, if you measure yourself in the morning right after you wake up, you are about an inch taller than if you were to measure yourself at night.

The second important component of the spine is the supporting muscles i.e. adjoining muscles and ligaments. They help you move and support your spine. Muscles are used for three basic functions – support, movement and posture control. Your muscles help influence your posture and height by:

1. Creating and maintaining the curves of your spine
2. Resisting the force of gravity, and straightening by contracting and exerting compressive force on
your spine
3. Supporting your spine

Weak muscles will give you poor posture and hence, your height is not maximised. You can grow taller and
increase your height by correcting your posture. Pilates is one exercise that will help strengthen your
postural muscles. By emphasising posture, you will learn to stretch your spine.

The third important structure of the spine is the spinal curves. A normal spine is shaped like the letter “S”. Any excessive exaggeration of the spine’s curves results in height loss and compression of the discs. There will also be stress and strain on the entire back. The most common posture problem is swayback, where your lower back’s curve is exaggerated. This is caused by weak abdomen muscles, excessive stomach fat (tummy) or just plain old habits.

Spinal curves are either kyphotic or lordotic. In a normal spine there are four types of spinal curvatures
important to balance, flexibility, and stress absorption and distribution.

Human Growth Periods

There is a lot of misinformation regarding the ages that growth takes place, how tall you will likely be, and what the exact roles of heredity and environment have on your growth. Throughout your life you will constantly generate human growth hormone. Maintaining your bodies chemical balance and cell rejuvenation are two main reasons your body generates Human Growth Hormones (HGH). Whether you are looking forward to increasing your linear height, developing bone density, or regenerating your bone cells, human growth hormone can be manufactured in great amounts and is distributed most often during certain periods of your life. There are a number of factors that, if manipulated correctly, will substantially increase growth hormone levels in your body.

It is quite common for boys and girls to grow suddenly as they enter puberty. This is called the growth spurt. The graph below shows this more clearly:


Growth takes place from time of fertilisation to about age thirty and it is seldom smooth, regular, and predictable. Most girls will have their growth spurt between ages 10 and 14, during the early stages of puberty. During this growth spurt that lasts for a year or two, growth is rapid. They can grow as much as 3½ inches per year during this duration. Hence, it is common for 12 and 13 year old girls to be taller and heavier than boys.

Most boys start puberty and begin their growth spurt between ages 13 and 15. Their growth spurt also lasts for a year or two and during this period they may gain as much as 4½ inches per year. By age 15, it is common for boys to become taller and heavier than girls. After the growth spurt, growth continues but slows down to a steadier rate.

It is important to note that growth spurt can occur within a wide age range. Each individual may experience growth spurt earlier or later than the average age. Although it is widely accepted that an individual’s maximum height is achieved by the late teens, it is however incorrect. Most girls reach their full height by 17 while most boys by 19, although lots of individuals continue to grow into the twenties. The vertebrae in the spinal column continue to grow in length and width until about age thirty.

The growth you experience and the height that you ultimately acquire is the result or heredity and the environment. Therefore it will be incorrect to assume that the maximum height you obtain is solely the result of heredity.

Environmental factors that affect your height include disease, stress, nutrition, exercise and sleep. They are just as important as heredity in determining growth. You may have little or no control over your genes, but you may manipulate the environment you are in. By understanding these factors, you can use them to your full advantage.

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