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Taking good care of yourself — eating well, exercising regularly, and getting plenty of rest — is the best way to stay healthy and help your body reach its natural potential. There’s no magic pill for increasing height. In fact, your genes are the major determinant of how tall you’ll be.

Most teens can expect to grow a total of about 7 to 10 inches during puberty before they reach their full adult height. Each person is a little different, so everyone starts and goes through puberty on their body’s own schedule. Your body may still be changing. It can help to share any concerns or questions with your doctor.

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Unfortunately, there is no way of putting inches on your frame instantly. Growing taller is mostly about genetics. Between 60% and 80% of your height is determined by the DNA that your parents passed down to you, whereas about 20% to 40% of your growth is influenced by your own environment. This means your diet, your health, how much you exercise, and how much sleep you get. Until your growth plates (the areas where your bones grow) close, you will keep growing. A good diet, healthy exercise, and lots of sleep can help you get taller in this period than you would otherwise. [1] X Research source For most people, however, growth plates close in their early twenties, and after that, they are not going to gain any inches naturally. Women typically stop growing around age 18 while men may stop around age 20. [2] X Research source If you want to get taller at a fast pace, read on!

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While taking good care of your body may help you grow taller, your height is mostly determined by your genetics. Once your growth plates are fused together, you will stop growing taller, which usually happens between the ages of 14 and 20. [1] X Research source If you’re still growing, good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle may help you get taller. Additionally, you might be able to increase your height by about 0.5 to 2 inches (1.3 to 5.1 cm) by stretching out your spine daily. [2] X Trustworthy Source PubMed Central Journal archive from the U.S. National Institutes of Health Go to source

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Tip: If you have a medical condition that’s stunting your growth, your doctor can supplement you with a human growth hormone. This will help you overcome stunting but won’t make you grow taller than your genetics allow.

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