TT: In a culture obsessed with looking slim and tall, there are countless ads of grow-tall medicines. How good are these?
Kumar: Stay away from the so-called miracle pills and potions altogether
Is there a natural way of growing taller?
The height of a child is to a large extent predetermined by genes that children inherit from their family members. But yes, a regular exercise regimen and nutritious diet helps
Any particular exercise?
Aerobic and anaerobic exercises such as swimming, cycling, walking and jogging are useful
What kind of diet may help youngsters who want to add a few inches?
Fish, particularly sea fish, milk, leafy vegetables, chana, moong dal and seasonal fruits
Children nowadays protest over drinking milk. Mothers often mix chocolate to add flavour to it.
Too much of chocolate results in a higher caffeine intake than advisable. Drinking milk in its purest form is the best
Women love to wear high heels to look taller. Fashion trends also glorify them. How safe are they?
They are extremely unsafe. High heels tilt the body posture unnaturally forward with dangerous consequences such as permanent pain in the feet, hips, spine and back
What kind of shoes should both men and women wear?
Investing on good shoes equals investing on your health. A good shoe is one with a soft upper case and a firm and flat bottom on which the entire foot can fully rest. Slippers that need to be held with toes are not good. Slippers should ideally have a back strap or belt that holds the foot
Should men and women take Vitamin D and calcium tablets to grow taller?
Vitamin D and calcium help strengthen bones. But it is a misconception that these tablets help one grow tall
Can one take Vitamin D and calcium tablets daily?
Yes, both men and women can take these tablets throughout their lifetime on a regular basis
Your mantra for healthy limbs?
Proper diet, exercise, rest, posture and shoes work wonders. Also, consult your doctor before taking any medicine