We have more bones in our body when we were infants than we do today as adults. As babies, most of our bones were made of a soft tissue called cartilage. As we grew older, this cartilage began to fuse together and harden into solid bone. During our growing years, there are cartilage growth plates at the ends of our bones. These growth plates are the cause of our growth.
What many don't realize is that a good diet can enhance growth tremendously during this period of natural body growth. Eating foods that are rich in protein, calcium, amino acids, and calories will help you realize your full potential when it comes to your height. Such nutrients are plentiful in dairy products, red meats, green vegetables, and fruit.
Our bones are largely made up of calcium (with a small amount of phosphorus). Needless to say, a diet rich in calcium is vital to increasing your height. This is the reason why children in developing countries tend to be much shorter than children in developed countries: they do not get an adequate supply of nutrients like calcium in their diet. The best source of calcium are dairy products like milk and cheese. Calcium supplements are also a great way to add calcium to your diet.
Exercise is also very important in determining your growth rate. Regular exercise releases height growth hormones, which help in making you taller. A slender and muscular body frame also helps you to look much taller than you actually are, especially when combined with height flattering clothing, shoes, haircut, and a good posture.
Most importantly, the effects of a good diet and exercise regimen can be felt for years, especially in your old age when it helps to delay the onset of bone related diseases like osteoporosis and arthritis.
So not only can you grow faster during your growing years, but also prolong the health of your bones by exercising regularly and maintaining a proper diet.