Saturday, February 24, 2018

Eating right for Strong, Healthy Nails!

If your having problems getting strong, healthy nails, your diet may be part of the blame.  Read on to discover what you should add to your meals to help with your nail problem.

Your nails are dull - A folate deficiency might be to blame. As you age, your body doesn’t absorb this essential B vitamin as well. Try folate-rich stars like lentils, beans, and spinach. Other foods that heal: legumes, dark-green leafy vegetables, and peas.

Your Nails Brittle or Flaking - include more essential fatty acids in your diet to help keep your nail beds moisturized. Add two tablespoons of flaxseed oil or ground flaxseed to your cereal or smoothies.

Your Nails are soft or thin -  To make keratin—a tough protein that’s a major component in hard, strong nails—the body needs high-quality protein like Cornish hens, pork loin, and lower-sodium deli-sliced roast turkey. Other foods that heal: Fish (especially salmon and mackerel), lean meat, and poultry. Shoot for about six ounces a day to prevent weak nails.

Your nails are weak -  Iron deficiency can lead to dull, brittle nails. To keep your fingers fit, up your intake of iron-rich foods (fortified cereals, eggs, spinach) and pair them with vitamin C–rich foods (citrus fruits, tomatoes, bell peppers) to help the body absorb iron. Here are some of our staff's favorite combos:  Spinach with tomatoes, Scrambled egg whites with green and red peppers and
Fortified cereal and sliced strawberries.

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