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Most people won’t think about their diet when they are wondering why their nails are dry and unhealthy. Food has more of an effect than you might think. Eating the right sort of foods and getting enough vitamins will help you have strong nails that don’t break and look great. If you’re looking to improve the health of your nails then maybe you should look no further than your refrigerator.
Drinking water is so important for your health in general but it’s really important for healthy nails as well! Not drinking water can cause your nails to feel dry and coarse. To ensure healthy nails, drink several glasses of water through out the day. Juicy fruits and vegetables are also a great source of hydration.
Biotin/vitamin H can help to strengthen nails that are weak. Great sources of biotin include bananas, lentils and beans, peanuts, salmon, and cauliflower.
Proteins are the building blocks of your body, and that includes your nails. Not having enough protein in your diet can also cause your nails to grow slower. Fortunately it’s easy to add proteins to your diet. Proteins can be found in chicken, lean red meats, eggs, nuts, soybeans, whole grains, and seafood.
Zinc is a component of many enzymes that help the body make proteins. You will be able to spot if you are low in zinc if your nails have white spots and ridges on them. Some foods that are a good source of zinc are lean beef, lobster, oysters, soybeans, green beans, and cashews.
Poor iron intake can cause a lot of damage in your nails. It can cause your nails to be brittle and curve inward in the middle instead of having a nice rounded appearance. Some foods that can help with iron deficiency are eggs, red meats, poultry, tuna and salmon, whole grains, liver, and spinach.
Vitamin E can help increase nail growth. Vitamin E helps the circulation of your blood. This means that more oxygen will be delivered to your nails and will help improve the strength and growth. Some foods to eat for vitamin E are sunflower seeds and nuts, turnip greens, avocado, and tomatoes.
Don’t forget to get some Vitamin C into your diet as well. Lack of Vitamin C in your diet could cause ingrown toenails and hangnails, yikes! Great sources of vitamin C are fruits like kiwis, cherries, oranges and strawberries. Red bell peppers and spinach are great as well.