How can I Improve my Nails?
Are you plagued with weak and splitting nails? Or is your hair dull and lifeless? The most improvement comes from the inside.
Poor hair and nail health is generally a good sign that you may be nutritionally deficient. Nutritional deficiencies typically occur from not eating the right nutrients, or you may have malabsorption issues which you will need to have checked out by your GP if this is suspected. Either way, it is good to know that these issues can be solved with the right food as well as the right supplements.
The Basic Nutritional Requirements for Healthy Hair and Nails
- Eat healthy fats. It is important to consume a range of healthy fats daily such as butter, coconut oil, olive oil, nuts, seeds, avocadoes, fish. Every cell in your body is dependent on healthy fat for a healthy membrane. Make sure you include a healthy fat in every meal or snack.
- Fish Oils. As mentioned, fish is a healthy fat. It contains the essential fatty acid called omega 3 fatty acid. These fatty acids nourish your hair follicles. If you don’t get enough fish in your diet, supplement with at least 3000mg fish oils per day.
- GLA or Gamma Linolenic Acid). This is an essential omega 5 fatty acid which means your body cannot make it and you need to get it from foods. Borage seed oil contains a high GLA content and can help with dry hair and slow growing nails.
- Protein. Structural proteins called keratin is the basis of the structure of hair and nails. If you are depleted in protein for whatever reason, your hair and nails will bear the brunt of it. Therefore, providing your body with the building blocks that grow strong hair and nails is imperative. Include proteins such as meat, eggs, fish, dairy, legumes, dairy, eggs. You may need to include a protein powder.
- Soft Drinks and other nutrients depleting foods. Trans fats inhibit the absorption of fatty acids. It is therefore important to avoid trans fats or anything labelled as hydrogenated fats or oils.
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