What to Eat for Pretty Nails

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Putting your best foot forward, or in this case hand, will give you lots of confidence if your nails are in tiptop shape. Healthy nails are reflective of a healthy body and having strong, flawless nails can certainly go a long way in deciding how healthy you are.

Our nails do face a lot of abuse during the day so they may be in need of special care to keep them looking good. Instead of turning to nail salons and other places for nail care, why not make a few smart dietary choices that will complement your overall health as well as the condition of your nails.

To get healthy nails make sure that certain nutrients are always part of your diet.

Eat dark leafy greens, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds. These are excellent sources of protein that provide nutrients to the body which are essential in making nails strong.

Weak nails may also be a sign of certain nutritional deficiencies.

Since stress can play with our hormonal and nutritional balances, a deficiency in iron and vitamins A, B and C can all be reflected through weak, brittle and dry nails. To improve this condition, add pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, evening primrose oil into your lifestyle routine for better nail care and hydration.

Nail friendly minerals like zinc, sulfur and silica can be obtained from broccoli, onions, garlic, barley, alfalfa sprouts, dandelion, dry fruits, apples, and complete cereals.

Drinking one glass of carrot juice a day, helps strengthen nails, teeth and bones.

To improve the appearance of discolored or dull nails, rub 1/4 of lemon under your nails. The result will be instantly whiter, prettier and cleaner nails that will become stronger with time.

To make nails shine, rub with olive oil, or dip them in warm olive oil for 5-10 min daily. This will help solve the problem of split nails or those that have streaks. Then rub with lemon juice and massage in cuticles.

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