Whether you get them did, do it yourself, or rock them natural, your nails need care that can’t be polished on. Kid Sister’s song, Pro Nails, might not focus on a healthy diet, but keep her song as a reminder of what to eat to keep your digits lookin’ fly: PRO-TEIN. Protein, which you can get from meat, dairy, eggs, nuts, legumes, and whole grains, is not only good for healthy hair, skin, and muscles. Pack the protein on your plate and your nails will also benefit from it. After all, nails are made of keratin, the same type of protein found in your hair and skin. Protein deficiency could lead to fragile nails, and nothing can ruin your day like a broken nail. Vegetarian? Read the post on protein to get some ideas of how to get it without meat.
Aside from protein, consuming calcium will promote nail growth. Nails grow at a rate of about 0.1 millimeter a day, so get your calcium on the daily. No need to chug glasses of milk, because dark leafy greens contain calcium as well. Try spinach, chard, kale, and even broccoli to get the mineral that not only strengthens nails, but also bones and teeth.
From just looking at your nails, you can get a gauge on how healthy you are. Nails that are strong and smooth usually determine that you’re getting the nutrients that you need, but nails that are dry, brittle, or even discolored could indicate that you need to make some changes in your diet. For instance, if you find little white specs on your nails, it could mean that you’re not getting enough zinc. A glass of milk or hard boiled egg will help balance that out, as well as give you protein and calcium. Eating healthy does so much for your body.
If you’ve got some polish or acrylics, it can be difficult to look at your nails and assess them, but if you’re covering them up, you’re already exposing your nails to chemicals that aren’t particularly the best for the health of your naturals. To compensate, check your diet, and that extra measure will not only benefit your nails, but also your whole body.
Eating the right foods is not a guarantee that your nails will be healthy and strong, as some conditions may arise that can’t be fixed with food. But with so many other benefits that come with eating protein, you definitely don’t want to deprive your body. Always eat a balanced meal. For a visual, let’s do some math: make sure that half of your plate contains fruits and vegetables, one-fourth is carbohydrates, and the last fourth- PROTEIN, of course. And by eating a rainbow, your plate will be pretty, just like your nails. No matter how fresh your nails could be, they won’t look good on an unhealthy body. Remember, beauty starts from within.
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