Proper nutrition and supplements are very important for growing taller. Leaving them out or
dismissing them as not as important as the exercises is not a wise move. Nutrition is the main
reason why the Dutch are so tall and why the Japanese have grown 3 inches (8 cm) in average
height in the last 50 years.
The average height of these nations tells us a lot about the health and nutritional standards of
these people. The critical stages in growth are the first year of life and during puberty. If you are
well nourished and eat and drink the right things, you will be setting yourself up to grow taller
and maximize your natural height.
The Japanese used to have a diet consisting mostly of rice and corn and other high carbohydrate
foods. The problem with that is that protein is absolutely essential for growth, and they had very
little of that in their diets. Since they are gradually eating a more Western type of diet, they have
been growing taller since World War II.
As part of this program, you will want to eat a diet that consists mainly of meat and dairy
products such as milk, eggs, cheeses, and yogurt.
Remember that “secret” food we mentioned earlier that many experts attribute as the secret
growth food of the people of Montenegro? Well, that food is yogurt. Yogurt is an excellent source
of protein and full of essential vitamins and minerals.
One thing about the Western type of diet that you don’t want to include in your diet is a lot of
saturated fats. 150 years ago, North Americans were the tallest people in the world. Even back
as far to the year 1750, North Americans were the tallest people with the average male being 5
feet, 8 inches (173 cm) tall. That was 2-3 inches (5-8 cm) taller than the average North
European male. Over time, North Americans have gotten taller, but the Dutch and Nordic
countries such as Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark have surpassed them because they
have a diet consisting of fewer saturated fasts.
There are a few other reasons why North Americans have not grown as quickly as their European
counterparts. In the past, North Americans were relatively isolated and had fewer problems with
diseases than Europeans. In addition, the abundance of wildlife in North America gave North
Americans a dietary advantage as well with greater access to protein.
Today, the United States has a population of approximately 300 million people with over 10% of
the population being foreign-born, usually from Third World nations which have a worse diet than
Americans. This has contributed towards the downward trend of the USA height average.
Look at the republic of Montenegro. They have about 600,000 people and are relatively isolated
with a diet that has a lot of dairy products in it. They are a hardy mountainous people who keep
fit. They built up their genetics through diet and fitness over the years while maintaining a low
population. Even though they are relatively poor, they have had fewer children. Since having lots
of people/children puts a downward trend on heights. When you spread out having a lot of kids
over a population, usually the poorer class will have a greater majority of kids. And as a result,
the average height of a nation as a whole becomes lower over time.
When a nation hurts itself nutritionally over a few generations, most of the people won’t reach
their maximum height. Eventually that will show up in the genetics of the people. So it becomes
a 1-2 punch. The good thing is, you can overcome your genetics and usually add 2 – 4 inches to