What Nails Need
Nails are composed of keratin, a protein also found in hair and skin. Nails need a heavy dose of this protein and vitamins like the B-complex, C, A, E, D, calcium, zinc, iodine and iron. When nails are not receiving enough of these vitamins, or when our body can’t absorb them effectively due to illness or even stress, they will tell us by becoming brittle, dry, fragile and dull.
Fingernails Vitamin Deficiency
Foods with the right Vitamins
If your diet is balanced with the right kinds of foods, your nails will reflect it. Eat meals filled with whole grains, vegetables, fruits, fish, and nuts. Not only will your nails get the nutrients they need, but you will lose weight and feel great! The foods mentioned above all have the vitamins that assist in nurturing your nails. You should also try to drink a minimum of 6-7 glasses of water a day. This will help eliminate toxins in the body, allowing nutrients to do their job.
Fruits and Vegetables
Green leafy vegetables, asparagus, avocado, apples, grapes, cucumbers, garlic, celery, onions and sweet potatoes. Make these foods a part of your daily routine and your nails will look better than ever.
Supplementing Your Diet
If you have a hard time eating a balanced diet like the one above you may want to supplement your diet with extra vitamins, get a good multivitamin that contains the essential nutrients for nail health. Some formulas are specifically designed to feed the nails. They will help provide the correct proportions of each vitamin to gain optimum results. Just remember that supplements alone are not enough. Healthy, fresh foods are still the best way to have a healthy body that reflects itself in shiny, strong, beautiful nails.
If you tried all of these things to no avail, it may be time to talk with a doctor who can prescribe something stronger.