You know the saying: you are what you eat. In other words, if you eat junk food, you’ll feel like junk. If you eat healthy foods, you’ll feel healthy. But eating right doesn’t just help us stay in shape. Healthy foods are also responsible for giving our hair that added thickness and shine, and our nails the strength and durability we would otherwise be lacking. If you find that your nails are brittle, yellow, weak, or slow to grow, here are some healthy foods that will help whip them into shape.
Eggs: Protein, Vitamin D, and Biotin
You’ll notice right away that all the foods on this list do much more than keep your nails strong and healthy. And that’s because our nails and hair are strong indicators of our overall health. Generally speaking, when we take care of our body by eating healthy food, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly, our hair and nails will naturally benefit. Eating eggs regularly offers so many benefits to the human body. That’s because they’re packed with protein, vitamin D, and biotin, all nutrients that support healthy nail growth. A deficiency in any of these will make your nails weak and slow to grow.
Fruits: Antioxidants, Vitamins
It’s hard to argue against eating fruit for your health. These sweet, juicy foods are bursting with flavour and texture, and while eating too much in a single day can give us more than our daily dose of sugar, there’s no denying that the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks. Eating fruits like citrus, blueberries, blackberries, grapes, bananas, and kiwis all provide a rich cornucopia of healthy nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, and antioxidants.
Leafy Vegetables: Vitamins, Calcium, and Iron
To protect yourself from brittle nails, arm your body with more dark leafy green vegetables, like kale, spinach, broccoli, collard greens, Swiss chard, and microgreens. The darker the green, the more nutrients and less water its packing, which means that biting into a leafy green salad is like getting a high dose of the right vitamins and minerals your body needs. With nutrients like calcium, iron, vitamin D, vitamin K, and antioxidants, these vegetables are some of the healthiest foods on the planet. Imagine what they can do for your nails.
Salmon: Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Protein
Your nails’ need for protein cannot be understated. That’s why eating fish like salmon that also has the added benefit of omega-3 fatty acids is so important for nail health. If your nails are brittle, dry, and paper thin, you may be missing these important fatty acids in your diet. Not a meat or fish eater? You can find plenty of foods that contain protein and healthy fats like chia seeds, avocados, flaxseeds, walnuts, and Brussels sprouts.
What’s another way to maintain essential nail health? Regular manicures, of course! Contact The Nail Pro today to book your appointment.