Lack of protein can be a noticeable problem that is reflected in our hair and nails. Eating unique diets such as raw or low calorie foods on a regular basis for a long period of time can cause lack of protein in the body and make nails more susceptible to breaking and damage.
Diets that are rich in iron also benefit our nails. When our body is lacking in iron, nails can become a light color, soft and easy to break.
Signs of good iron intake are shown in healthy pink nail, since the tissue under the nails is easier to see than most parts of the body.
Iron can be consumed with fish like salmon and mackerel, red meat, eggs, leafy green vegetables like spinach and beans.
Consuming fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines and trout on a weekly basis helps the nutrients move to the nails.
When it comes to herbs that are beneficial to the nails, the most popular is horsetail. It has been used to treat nails for a long time due to its high properties of calcium. Another herb that helps increase nail growth and strength is stinging nettles, which is often consumed by brewing a tea.
Flaxseed oil is also high in omega-3 fatty acids and stimulates growth of the nails, prevents cracking and dryness.
Those with pre-existing nail conditions such as fungal growths can treat their nails with milk thistle, green tea, tea tree oil or cat’s claw.
One of the best think you can do for your nails is to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will improve your body and your nails from drying.