It’s rough being a teen and even more so if you’re shorter than your peers. So I’m sure your motivation to find a solution to get taller is at the top of your priority list.

Please keep in mind that your genetic makeup is a primary indicator of your final height. However, here are ten tips to optimize your chances of reaching your height potential.

Tip 1: Talk to your doctor about additional vitamins, minerals or possible growth hormones he could recommend that increase your chances of optimal height increase. He will also be privy to your medical history and overall current health that are also factors in how tall you will become.

Tip 2: Be active, and I don’t mean the type of activity that involves sitting on the couch with a joy stick! Exercises that increase your flexibility and posture will give you that extra inch that you could lose from constant slouching.

Tip 3: Speaking of slouching, pay very close attention to how you sit at your desk during class. Make it a habit to sit with your back straight and try to avoid slumping over your desk.

Tip 4: Food. I know it’s hard to resist the chips and soda but unfortunately this type of diet is not conducive to growth. A sufficient amount of calcium and iron as well as all other recommended vitamins and minerals are very important to optimize your potential for growth.

Tip 5: Speaking of food, tip 5 is all about number and size of meals. It might be difficult but try to eat at least 5 smaller meals rather than 3 large meals. Larger meals tend to inhibit flow of growth hormones due to the excess insulin required to digest the sugar in your food.

Tip 6: Get some sleep, at least 8 hours of it. Your growth hormone production is at its peak during this time so don’t interrupt it. Also, don’t curl up into a fetal position, lie straight without any body bending.

Tip 7: Don’t stress. Stress does not do a body good whether you’re a teen or an adult. Develop some patience and relax a little, it will offer benefits for many years to come.

Tip 8: With the advice of your doctor, you could try an alternative therapy such as acupuncture. This practice is said to initiate reflexes in muscles which is helpful in growth.

Tip 9: Get slim and stay slim. Healthy weight people appear taller than their portly counterparts. As you know, appearing taller is almost the same as being taller.

Tip 10: Don’t fall for so called get taller at any age programs found all over the web. Best case scenario, some of them will provide height specific exercises and best dietary practices to optimize your growth. Worst case scenario is that they can be detrimental to your health and well being as well as take your money.