If you thought that your nails and your hair were just taken care of by what you put on them, you are greatly mistaken. Everything you put into your body by eating affects how strong or how brittle .
“‘The biggest thing with hair and nails is to eat a diet that is full of healthful nutrition. The healthier you eat, the better your body will function,’ says Dr. Robert Kominiarek, DO, FACOFP”
But there’s no need to add a refrigerator’s worth of new foods to your diet. Both hair and nails are made of keratin, so they both essentially need the same nutrients. Now that the weather outside is indeed getting frightful, here are the 5 best foods to eat for stronger nails and healthier hair to make this year very delightful…especially when you see what the surprising #1 food is.
5. Whey protein
Not only does whey protein control your appetite, it also floods your hair with protein to produce keratin to make your hair stronger, reducing hair loss and leaving you with Rapunzel-strong locks. Add a scoop of it to a morning smoothie!
4. Red meat
Meat lovers usually have the thickest hair and the strongest nails because meat is loaded with protein and iron, which is a hair and nail saving nutrient. But don’t get too ahead of yourself on steaks and burgers– red meat is high in saturated fat and eating too much of it can lead to cardiac problems and diabetes. Once a week is sufficient.
One of the best “superfoods” one can eat for multiple reasons. Many eat it as a tasty treat, others eat it for weight loss, but these small berries are packed with antioxidants, which protect your cells and leave your hair, nails, and entire body healthy and energetic. Who knew a teeny little berry could do that?
Almonds are another superfood that have protein and magnesium, which is a stress-reliever! How many times have you felt like you were shedding hair because of how stressed you were? GO out and buy almonds or almond butter. You’ll have stronger hair, and you also won’t have any vertical ridges in your nails. If you have a nut allergy, some good alternatives are leafy greens and soybeans.
Wait, what? Beer? Yes! Although it’s full of gluten, it’s also rich in silicon, which increases blood circulation to the scalp, and reduces nail brittleness. This doesn’t mean get wasted though (unfortunately)…one drink for ladies and two drinks for men is the recommended amount, since the effects of those drinks is closest to a 10-milligram silicon supplement. But if you feel like your hair and nails could use the extra kick the damage shouldn’t be too heavy.
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