Nutrition to Improve the Health of your Fingernails

A lot can be said about a person’s age by looking at a person’s hands. They give away your age, and unfortunately for most people they add years. We take care of the facial skin as it is the most prominent feature; however one must remember that our hands are one of the most utilized parts of the body and taking care of them is important. Your nails are the first to show the signs of your age and the kind of lifestyle you lead and the diet that you indulge in.

Nails help to protect your nerves and protect them form damage and injury. Our nails are made up of protein so it is easy to say that lack pf protein in your body will lead to poor nails. If you have a healthy supply of blood in your body and your hemoglobin count is high; then your nails are a healthy shade of pink. Discoloration in your nails is a sign of illnesses like diabetes, stress, allergies and asthma. A blue line across your nails or blue streaks is a sign of cancer. White spots on your nails are a sign of lack of calcium and folic acid in your body.

Nutrition helps to improve the health of your nails and thereby take care of the illnesses as well. You must eat healthy amounts of protein to keep nails healthy, strong and prevent them from chipping and breaking. Foods sources of protein are oats, seeds, eggs and meats. Increasing the amount of calcium you intake daily is also very important. You can get these from natural sources like milk and dairy products, leafy vegetables else you can choose to have them in the supplement form.

Vitamin C is also important for the health of your nails. Deficiency of the Vitamin will show in nail discoloration and lack of nail growth. Oranges are the best source of Vitamin C.

Though taking supplements is an option the best way to promote the health of your nails is to maintain a healthy lifestyle and eat a balanced diet. Quit smoking as it leads to your nails getting black. Drink plenty of water to keep your nails healthy and maintain your overall health.

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