Who doesn’t want strong nails that don’t break at the slightest little thing? Wouldn’t it be nice to just eat certain foods and be able to grow longer and stronger every single month? Coming from someone who used to say she “would never have long nails,” I can tell you that it is 100 percent possible when you give your body the right sources of nutrients. First thing’s first, though, the false nails have to go ladies.
Chemicals and glue that hold false nails on do not support nail growth; they can also strip away the very protection your nails need in order to truly be healthy. When you start feeding your body the right foods, you’ll be shocked at how much your nails will change in a very short amount of time. You’ll have a hard time keeping them trimmed and before you know it, they’ll be stronger than you ever imagined!
I now have strong nails that grow more and more every single month, and despite having my nails being into multiple things in the kitchen or typing away on my computer, I can tell you they never break or chip away like they used to. In fact, they only get stronger and longer with each passing month.
To get the nails you’ve always wanted, just power up your diet with these foods:
1. Chia Seeds
These little mighty seeds are, perhaps, the best thing you can feed your nails of all. Chia seeds are one of the most alkaline-forming, health supportive sources of calcium and complete protein you’ll find for such a small serving. The best part? You only need a bit each day to see results. Calcium helps build not just strong bones, but also supports nail growth and supports collagen production in the body. You’ll notice the seeds start to make your nails grow more easily, and your nails will start to become incredibly strong too! Use 1-2 teaspoons a day to see the most benefits though more than that certainly won’t hurt. Sprinkle a little chia into your next breakfast bowl, or toss them in a smoothie to make it more filling.
2. Almonds (or Almond Butter)
Almonds are a great source of biotin that’s found in the well-known hair, nail, and skin supplements you see on the market. But almonds offer more nutrients for your nails than synthetic supplements including Vitamin E which supports connective tissues in the body, calcium, magnesium, and protein.
Spinach is a great source of plant-based protein and iron, two critical components your body needs in order to thrive. Iron supports your metabolism and overall nutrient absorption, including that of your nails. Spinach is also a great source of Vitamin E, magnesium, and calcium to support nail health even further.
Try to enjoy a cup or two of spinach a day; it’s tasteless in a smoothie, but spinach also goes great in salads and cooked dishes too.
Enjoy your daily dose of cacao with no guilt, friends. Cacao is jam-packed with goodness for your nail health. It’s one of the highest sources of magnesium, iron and zinc in a plant-based diet per serving, and it’s also full of calcium and B vitamins surprisingly enough.
Skip the sugary chocolates, though, sugar actually tears down collagen and keratin in the body by promoting glycation (aging of the cells), so you don’t want to be doing more damage than good. Raw cacao, however, will help strengthen your nails, hair and even improve your skin too, so enjoy it in its purest form to get the benefits. Try all our raw cacao treats; they’re a great way to improve your beauty the natural way!
This delicious fruit is one of the best sources of Vitamin C and overall nutrients on the planet. Pineapple actually helps your body digest protein easier thanks to a special enzyme it contains called bromelain. Since we can only benefit from what our bodies digest efficiently, pineapple will support the way your body uses protein more effectively to help your nails grow longer and stronger.
The Vitamin C in pineapple also supports collagen production in the body by supporting tissue growth and development. Collagen is produced through efficient protein intake, so this makes pineapple an all in one when it comes to nutrition for nails. Enjoy a few slices before your meals if you like for the best benefits, or just have a little a day however else you enjoy.
If you love chickpeas, you’ll be glad to know they love you too! Chickpeas are a true beauty food with protein, zinc, and B vitamins which are all critical for beautiful and strong hair, nails, and even clear skin. Chickpea flour is also a great option if you don’t have any whole chickpeas on hand.
Haven’t ever had chickpeas? Give them a chance; they taste nothing like green peas and actually have a nice nutty, almost sweet taste that can be enjoyed savory or sweet. Best of all, you can use chickpea flour to make vegan omelets — hurray!
7. Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are fantastic for clear skin, and for growing longer and stronger nails. They are a great source of iron, protein, and zinc that your nails need to be long and strong. Zinc is a mineral that supports connective tissue in the body and prevents the breakdown of nutrients to support immune health.
If you’ve ever seen white spots on your nails or had dry skin, dry lips or hair that breaks, you could have a zinc deficiency which is a common problem among women and men who don’t have a healthy diet, or who don’t eat enough raw sources of the nutrients. Pumpkin seeds offer 23 percent of your daily zinc needs in just 1/4 cup!
If you consumed a little of these foods every day in place of processed foods, sugar, and animal-based proteins however you can, you’ll be shocked at how your body starts to rebuild itself again. Cells will start to regenerate and tissues will stop breaking down so your nails won’t constantly break, chip and tear at the slightest little thing.
Other great foods for your nails include all raw nuts and seeds, all leafy greens, bananas, beans, legumes, oats, quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth, pumpkin, and teff.
How could you combine some of these foods to make a tasty, nail-strengthening recipe?
Lead image source: Magnificent Millet With Spring Vegeteables