Do you want to increase your height? Do you wish you were just a little taller? Have you tried many different things, but they just don't seem to work? Don't give up yet. There are quite a few natural and safe methods you can try to increase your height that really do work, especially if you're still young and growing. There are many important things we do every day that play a vital role in determining our height. If you're interested, keep reading below. 1. You Are What you Eat! Your Diet Does Matter That's right! Diet plays a large part in the growth of our bodies. While some things are very helpful in allowing our bodies to become strong and grow taller, other things should be avoided such as smoking, alcohol, illicit drugs, or anabolic steroids which can stunt your growth. One of the most important things your body needs is protein (especially L- arginine), however this is not the only thing your body needs. The right composition of calories in the form of carbohydrates and fats are also important as well, as is a good growth supplement. Another necessity for the body that many aren't aware of is water, since you are approximately 60 to 75% water in cellular form. Your body needs a good supply of water each day to facilitate and maintain a height increase. 2. Are you Sitting up Straight? Posture also plays a part in our overall height. When our body is subjected to improper posture, the ligaments in our spinal column and our back muscles suffer from strain, which can actually cause you to lose height, especially if you already have medical problems such as osteoporosis or are calcium or vitamin D deficient. Improper posture such as slouching can also put your spine out of alignment. On the other hand, good posture when combined with stretching exercises will help your spine actually "lengthen", which will increase your height. There is nothing like a good night's rest to actually improve your posture. If you've ever noticed, our tallest height is in the morning when we first wake up, which shows how helpful sleep is for increasing height. 3. Did you Know your Clothes can make you Look Taller? The clothes we wear actually play a role in making us appear taller. Alone, this won't make a difference but when coupled with the proper height increase exercises and diet, many individuals have proudly boasted with their success stories of adding a couple inches to their height. You can have this same success, especially if you give yourself a little boost with foot insoles which can instantly give you an extra inch or two of height!
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Many posture problems exist that people pick up over the years and may not even realize they have. These could lead to pain, especially back pain, and as far as height is concerned, can make us not only physically shorter, but appear shorter as well. Some of the most common posture problems are looked at below. 1. Walking posture - This is an easy one to get into bad habits with, probably the one which is the hardest to break, and also the one which is discussed the least of the three major ones, the other two of which are looked at next. It's often assumed that proper sitting posture and to a lesser extent, sleeping posture, can be taught, while walking is just something we naturally do, and cannot be changed or critiqued. Poor walking posture is quite common for this reason. Getting to a point where you're consistently walking with better posture can be difficult and could take weeks of conscious work. Keeping the back stiff and upright, the shoulders forced back, and the head held high are methods that need to be used to break such habits. Eventually, the new habits should take root and become second nature. 2. Sitting Posture - As more and more people pull up seats in front of a computer, both for work and pleasure, the problem of poor sitting posture has grown. The chair, keyboard, and monitor and should all be set to positions that will force the user to sit up straight. LCD monitors are useful for enforcing this, as they must be viewed at a consistent angle to be fully viewed. If set properly, any bad sitting habits should immediately make it more difficult to view all of the screen, forcing the user to get back into a better position. 3. Sleeping Posture - Also very common, and since you're naturally not aware of what you're doing or how you're sleeping, many people assume there's no issue. As a rule, sleeping on one's back is the best for maintaining a good sleeping position, and doing so with a limited amount of head support in the form of pillows is also advisable. Those who sleep on their sides should use a pillow between their legs, which can prevent curling up and twisting the back into awkward positions. 4. Bow Legs and Knock Knees - Fairly common conditions that can be bad for posture, and may also cause self esteem issues, especially in young kids. These conditions can be broken with special insoles or footwear that offset the imbalanced weight distribution that is causing the issue. 5. Scoliosis - The most serious of the conditions mentioned, and one which will almost certainly require help in one way or another from a medical professional. Scoliosis causes severe curvature of the spine, resulting in major height loss and other ailments. Surgery may be required in advanced cases of this ailment. By improving posture, one can see a gradual improvement in their height, as well as giving the appearance to others of being more professional. Breaking old habits can be difficult, but once accomplished, will make it that much harder to go back to the old habits.