Do you know that 99% of American people will experience nail disorder during their lifetime (according to the AAD -American Academy of Dermatology)???
We all know that having long, healthy nails are always appreciable by women.
They love applying different colours of nail paint to provide an elegant look to their nails. But make sure, before you apply all these nail paints, read this guide and nail polish expiration guide to be informed about your nail health and nail cosmetics.
Strong and healthier nails can also make it easy to perform a variety of daily tasks along they protect the fingers, add grip when holding objects, and are a convenient way to scratch an itch.
To maintain that beautification of nails, they love using nail cosmetics & doing nail grooming like nail extensions.
But after that, they face lots of nail health issues like they don’t know how to remove it properly or after that extension how they take care of that nails. So, if you face any of these issues you can take a look at how you can easily remove your fake nails at home.
But, if your nails are not healthy from the inside, then these cosmetics & grooming processes may lead you to permanent nail problems like slow nail growth, nail breakage, nail splitting, and other nail problems. Eventually, it may lead you to diagnose and cure them.
Instead of frequently nail grooming or using nail cosmetics to enhance the appearance of your nails, you can use some organic alternatives ( through working on your eating pattern) to make them healthy from the inside and maintain beautiful, healthy & functional nails.
Yes, it is possible to feel the best nails by working on your eating pattern and habit.
Now, I want you to take the plunge and finally start taking care of your nails through your diet.
It is the best and most easier way to take care of your nails and make them presentable without nail cosmetics and nail grooming.
Here, I am going to guide you step by step through the entire process so, by the time you are done reading this, you will know the path to take the best care of your beautiful nails through diet and enhance their beauty and as well as quality.
What is meant by healthy nails?
(and why diet plays a significant role in your beautiful and strong nail?)
A fingernail consists mainly of three parts called the nail plate (the outside part)), the nail bed (the skin beneath the nail plate), nail matrix (the tissue that protects the nail). The average growth of healthy nails is 0.1mm each day and it depends on many factors like age, sex, climate, and many more.
Research says, Usually, the growth of nails is faster in males and summer than in women and other sessions.
Healthy fingernails would be smooth, shiny, without pits or grooves, uniform in colour and consistency and free of spots or discolouration.
Here are some signs of healthy nails
- They are not broken or cracked.
- They (nail bed) are usually pink in colour, and the free margin is white.
- They don’t break easily
- It contains cuticles
- No dark line, no fungus
Many Nail grooming products claim that with using those products, the health of nails is going to improve. But practically, if you are continuing using those frequently then it will automatically hamper the health of nails because of the chemicals which are being used to make that product.
That’s why experts say Nutrition plays an important role in your nails health. You should eat the right foods to care for your nails.
Look at the chart to understand the importance of nutrition for your nail
|Lack of vitamin A and calcium||dryness and brittleness|
|protein, folic acid, and vitamin C deficiency||hangnails.|
|protein deficiency||White bands across the nails|
|hydrochloric acid deficiency||splitting nails|
|vitamin B12 deficiency||excessive dryness, and darkening of nails|
|zinc deficiency||white spots on the nails.|
|fatty acids deficiency||Red skin around your cuticles|
|Water deficiency||Cuts and cracks in the nails|
As you know, many common nail problems indicate that nutrition is deficient in your body. In Order consume the right proportion of Vitamins, minerals, fibre, Protein, Fat, can lead you to beautiful and strong nails.
If you notice any of these symptoms, then you might incorporate more of these nutrients into your diet.
But you know, women have a fascination with their nails. They also want to apply some cosmetics like nail paint, nail art to give a sophisticated look to their nails.
But, please make sure that, before using all those cosmetics, you can apply a DIY nail primer to protect the nail from the harsh chemical.
Now coming to the juicy part of this article, how you can achieve your beautiful dream nail in a few weeks through your diet?
To take care of your nails, you have to include some specific food items in your diet.
Here I am going to share 5 types of food that you can incorporate into your diet –
- Lean Meat & fishes ( for Proteins) –
As the main component of nails is protein, so, you have to take a sufficient amount of protein. Eat meat, fish, pork, and beef. Other than meat, there are some other options also available like eggs and fish.
We also have an option in the fish category, is salmon, a fish rich in protein, biotin and omega-3 fatty acids which keep nails from splitting, breaking, peeling.
Other than meat and fish, we also have eggs as other alternatives. Eggs have B12, vitamins A and E, iron, and biotin.
As Biotin is the primary ingredient for nails so, an egg can be a good option in your diet.
- Fruits ( For Antioxidant & vitamins)
Fruits are enriched with lots of nutrients and vitamins. So it is a good option for your vitamins and minerals which is beneficial for your thicker, stronger nails.
Especially berries, blueberries, strawberries, and bananas are good options for your nail health.
” berries “have antioxidant properties which are beneficial for your nails.
Strawberries have Vitamin C that can produce collagen, which naturally makes nails more resilient.
Bananas are also good choices as they have vitamin A and B6 which prevent your nail from breakage.
- Leafy vegetables ( For Iron & Calcium)
We all know about the nutritional value of green vegetables.
Leafy vegetables like Kale, Spinach, Broccoli are enriched with iron, folate, and calcium. Daily intake of these veggies can make your nails strong and shiny.
Along with leafy vegetables, you can add some colourful veggies like Tomatoes, Bell papers, Sweet potato & carrot to your plate.
They are enriched with vitamin C, Vitamin A which provides necessary antioxidants to keep nails protected and strong.
- Nuts and seeds ( For healthy fat & protein)
Nuts and seeds are the best for snacking. You can replace your fast food with nuts and seeds for your snacking.
It will provide healthy fats that your nails might be needed.
The almonds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, basil seeds, cashew, peanuts are great sources of protein, magnesium, minerals, coppers, Vitamin B6, zinc, and Vitamin E which not only provides strength and shine to your nails, also strengthen bones of your body.
- Milk and Lentils ( Protein & Vitamins)-
If you are vegetarian then milk and lentils would be a good alternative for meat.
We all know how beneficial mils is for our bones and guts so as for our nails.
It is full of calcium and Vitamin D, which are essential for building strong, healthy nails.
Lentils and Beans are flooded with biotin and vitamins, which is a proven powerhouse for nail health, helping them to grow longer and thicker in time.
If you are going to incorporate these food items into your diet then you will feel a change in your nail health eventually.
Things to keep in mind to grow & maintain your healthy and beautiful nail organically-
Now you have everything you need to grow and take care of your nail through your diet.
It’s time to focus on that. I am going to share some do’s and don’t you have to keep in your mind for your nail care.
The idea is to get into the organic way to take care of your nails without using nail grooming products.
- Try to keep your nail dry and clean.
- Maintain nail hygiene
- Use a gentle moisturizer for your nail
- Drink plenty of water to hydrate your body and nails.
- Never bite your nails.
- Never use harsh chemicals on your nails
- Try to cut down your junk food consumption
And here is one final tip before I sign off: You should be willing to do this in the long term to see an exponential change in your nail.
Also, read our ultra-essential nail polish expiration guide to be well informed about nail polish and its expiry.
It’s about time you started your healthy, organic ways of nail care journey now.