A well balanced diet with vitamins, minerals and proteins provides complete nutrition for healthy nails. Nails are the jewels in the crown of your digits. Your ‘attention to detail’ can be evaluated by looking at your nails.
At the base of your nail is a matrix structure, this is attached with underlying blood vessels. With the help of fibrous proteins, keratin is synthesized in this matrix structure.
The keratin secretes into the matrix and is pushed onward into your nail bed to harden.
This becomes ‘your nail’, the nail you see, medically known as the ‘nail plate’.
Foods rich in proteins should be a regular part of your daily menu. These proteins help in secretion of keratin. Proteins rank high on the best foods for healthy nails and will help strengthen your nails.
There are different colors that can appear in your nail plate that could indicate an underlying body symptom, such as the condition of your heart, lungs, kidneys and liver can be reflected by the color of your nail plate.
As an example, when a heart problem occurs, the color of your nail becomes red. The range of colors exhibited on your nails mirror your health.
As you can see in this diagram your nail bed is bound on the nail matrix by a thin layer of cuticle, which is water-proof. The base of your nail houses a waxing or a waning moon. This moon is more prominent in your thumb and virtually absent in the little finger, which is completely normal. This waning moon is called the ‘lunula’.
A more prominent and elongated view of your nail can be possible when you push the cuticle back, but be careful not to push away too much as this could pave the way for the entry of micro-organisms. Nail folds surround the nail plate which helps to position the nail plate firmly onto the underlying nail bed.
When a deficiency of Vitamin C occurs, the tissue of these nail folds can swell up and become almost translucent. With the passage of time, these tissues will eventually fall off. This can be avoided by intake of foods rich in nutritious citric acid.
The flexibility of your nail can depend on how firm it is. Vitamin A helps keep your nails firm and flexible. Sea-foods are an excellent source of Vitamin A and will help to strengthen weak nails.
Vitamin B 7 is another strengthening agent that promotes healthy nail growth. Intestinal bacteria is a natural source of Vitamin B 7 by synthesizing Biotin. The yolk of an egg is a good source of Biotin. The white of an egg is not so good for Biotin synthesis. When raw eggs are consumed over a period of months or years, it inhibits the ability of intestine to synthesize Biotin.
Broccoli is a wonderful source of Vitamin A and Biotin, the super food for strong healthy nails.
When your nails are excessively exposed to washing detergents, and other harsh chemicals they become soft and brittle. Calcium is an excellent way to help with stronger nails. Or get outside in the sun, sunlight enhances the production of Vitamin D, which in turn increases absorption of Calcium.
Iron content helps to strengthen weak nails by fattening them. Improper blood circulation in your nail beds can lead to pigmentation of your nail plate. Eating lots of green leafy vegetables is a great source of Iron and will also improve your blood circulation.
Zinc deficiency can lead to the formation of ridges along your nails. Zinc is a cell-growth mineral and an essential nutrient for all metabolic activities of your body. Sunflower seeds and whole grains are also a great source of Zinc.
Your nails have a high concentration of Silicon but your body looses 15 – 45 mg of Silicon everyday. Horsetail syrup is a nutritious food for healthy nails to replenish the lost silicon, as well as oats. As we age, concentrations of Silicon are reduced in your body.
Sulfur is highly essential for the formation of nails and helps to promote flexibility in your nails. Cabbage, cauliflower and sprouts are rich sources of Sulfur.
Drinking plenty of water each day will help to maintain synergetic equilibrium in your body and sticking to a diet low in fat and high in fiber, as these foods provide excellent nutrition for healthy nails.
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Nutrition for healthy nails is necessary to nourish and replenish your nails and is very beneficial to your whole body system. Healthy nails will inevitably lead to a healthy you which in turn will give you so much more vitality and confidence in facing the world.
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Founder of Blu Butterfly Nail Tips