Nutrition For Healthy Nails

Are your nails constantly splitting and cracking? Are they brittle no matter what kind of strengthening polishes or treatments you try? The easy fix to these annoying problems could come from a simple change to your diet! Often people forget that keeping your nails healthy involves a healthy lifestyle to ensure your nail nutrition (yes, that’s a thing) is in tip-top shape. Picture a healthy nail – one that’s evenly coloured (normally pale pink/flesh coloured), smooth and strong. If your nail doesn’t look like this then you should read on for an easy fix.

My nails are brittle…

Brittle, weak or dry nails can be caused by a lack of Calcium and Vitamin A. This can be easily fixed by eating more dairy and fruits such as apricots, cantaloupe, and mangoes.

My nails are spotty, and not in the cute nail art way…

White spots on nails are mainly caused by a zinc deficiency, which can be combatted by eating more green beans, lean beef, cashew nuts, soybeans, and dairy.

My nails are always breaking…

Nails that constantly crack and break can be caused by a protein deficiency. Eating more chicken, eggs, lean red meat, and low fat dairy can decrease the breakages and cracks your nails suffer due to bad nail nutrition. Also, it’s super important to keep hydrated, as it helps your body function properly and is also vital for keeping your nail plates strong to prevent cracks.

As important as this is to know, if your nails change dramatically in a short period of time you should always see your physician.

– Mette Jorgensen

Elise Wright

Elise is a social media strategist from Sydney, now living in NYC, who has a long standing love affair with the beauty industry- especially the nail industry!

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