Our fingernails go through a lot in everyday life: we scratch with them, peel fruit, open cans, type on keyboards etc. - no wonder they sometimes break or tear! There are quite a few things you can do to strengthen your nails, and one of them is to eat the right foods! If you pay attention to good proteins, lots of green vegetables and drink enough water, you can help your nails to get stronger from the inside and even positively influence growth.
Our body regulates a lot of things from within, including the quality of our nails. If they lack hardness and strength, this often indicates a lack of keratin. Keratin is a main component of our nails, and it’s what the strength of them depends on. In addition to the right care, the right nutrition with the important nutrients for keratin formation is an important factor for the quality of your nails. So, if you want to give your nails a natural boost and strengthen them from within, make sure you are feeding your body with all the right nutrients. Here are a few (but definitely not all) important ones of which a lack of will show in your nails, and which foods will help to keep them healthy and strong.
Zink is important for your nails, as a lack of it can result in white spots on your nails and them easily breaking and tearing. Zink helps the body to form new proteins, that are then used as building blocks for healthy nails. You can naturally eat more zink by adding more pumpkin and sesame seeds to your diet, as they are a great source for zink.
Iron is another important nutrient for your nails. It binds oxygen and moves through our body with the help of the red blood cells. By this, iron increases the oxygen content of the tissue and ensures firm nails with a healthy, strong color. A lack of iron can result in thin and wavy nails. Make sure to eat your greens like spinach, broccoli and kale to give your body a natural supply of iron.
Biotin is a known beauty nutrient that especially helps to strengthen hair and nails. A biotin deficiency can quickly result in dry, dark and breaking nails as well as slow growth of the nails. To naturally increase your intake of biotin, you can eat more green and white beans, Swiss chard and whole grain products. If you’re not vegan, eggs and salmon are also a great source of biotin.
Protein is another nutrient that is important for strong and healthy nails. If you are vegan and therefore can’t get your protein from meat and eggs, you can get it from quinoa, beans, peas and tofu.
Beta Carotene is formed into Vitamin A in the body, which is responsible for the growth process of cells, as well as supplying the nails with moisture. If your nails are dry, you should try eating more sweet potatoes and carrots to naturally supply your body with beta carotene and in turn, Vitamin A. Spinach is also a great source of beta carotene, as well as Vitamin C and folic acid, which are also great to strengthen your nails.
What are some of your favorite foods to keep your nails healthy and strong?