How to Get Taller at 15 Years Old

By Aminah Paden

Being tall is often associated with positive characteristics such as elegance and strength. Infants have about 300 bones, while adults have around 206. In a process called ossification soft bones become harder as a child grows into adulthood. Smaller bones merge into larger ones. Early childhood and puberty are important periods of growth. The amount of hormones in the body increases causing growth spurts.

Stretch for two to three times a day for 10 to 15 minutes to improve your posture. Position yourself on all fours for the cat stretch and arch your back placing your chin on your chest. Hold for 10 counts and lift your chin to the ceiling for another 10 counts. Lie on the floor with your palms facing down for the cobra stretch. Point your chin as high as you can and arch your back for 10 seconds. Stand with your hands above your head, reach down and touch your toes to complete a toe touch. These exercises will stretch your vertebrae.

Carefully monitor your diet. Include calcium, phosphorus and magnesium in your diet. Add vitamin D to your diet to help your body use the calcium. Eat lots of protein. Protein builds muscle mass. Consume cheese, yogurt and tuna. Stay hydrated because muscles need water to grow. Eat balanced meals to optimize your metabolism.

Play sports to increase the amount of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) in your body. Participate in swimming, running and basketball. Swim to improve your posture and release high amounts of HGH. Eat a proper diet with adequate protein to increase the levels of HGH in the body. Sleep well in a dark room. HGH is also released in the body at night when you have adequate sleep.

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About the Author

Aminah Paden began writing professionally in 1992. She has been published in "Mahogany" magazine and "Outreach," a youth newsletter. Paden also blogs for Gold Rush Illinois and Remembering Your Spirit. She has a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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