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Treatments and Vitamins for Healthier Nails

The way your nails look says a lot about the overall health of your nails. It is important for our clients to know that they should be taking in as many vitamins and nutrients as possible that will help support the growth, formation and of course the strength of new nails. If you wish to learn more you are welcome to have a look at our nail technicians courses.

Another great tip when it comes to the overall health of our nails is to make sure that we are living a healthy lifestyle. We can always make changes to our habits and lifestyle choices that will help support the health and growth of our nails. 

Below we discuss some tips on vitamins and treatments for healthier nails that we suggest you include into your lifestyle to help promote your nails.

5 Vitamins and Minerals that support the Growth of Healthy and Strong Nails

To ensure that your nails grow strong and healthy, it is important to ensure a nutrient-rich diet into your lifestyle. One of the best ways of achieving this is by trying to get your vitamins and minerals straight from food sources. 

Here are our top five vitamins and minerals that support the growth of healthy and strong nails:


1.      Biotin


Biotin, also more formally known as Vitamin B7 is at the top of our list because of the fact that it is rich in foods and supplements that work well to strengthen brittle nails. 

Biotin is good for our nails health because it promotes healthy cell growth for our nails. Not only is it good for the health of our nails, but it also promotes the growth of healthy hair and too.

Liver, egg yolks, avocado and sweet potato are some examples of foods that are rich in Biotin.


2.      Iron


Having some problems with your nails could possibly mean that you have a lack of iron in your body resulting in anaemia. 

Iron plays a very important role in our body because it carries oxygen to all of the organs and cells in our body, including our nails. If you have an iron deficiency in your body, it can affect the overall shape of your nails.

A great way to allow your body to absorb iron is by eating foods such as chicken, fish and dark green leafy vegetables such as Spanish. 


3.      Magnesium 


Magnesium can be found in whole grain foods. Our body needs magnesium in order to grow and maintain strong, healthy nails. 

One of the ways which you can tell if there is not enough of this mineral present in your body, is when vertical ridges start to grow and appear on your nails. This is usually the first sign of a magnesium imbalance in the body.


4.      Omega 3 -Fatty Acids


Another way to prevent your nails from becoming dry and brittle is by making sure that your diet contains some sources of omega 3 – fatty acids. Fish such as salmon, eggs and even sardines are just a few examples of food to include into your diet should you want to increase your intake of omega 3 – fatty acids.

This fatty acid also works well to lower the risk of inflammation in your nail beds. Another great thing about omega 3- fatty acids is that it gives a rise to your nails by nourishing it.


5.      Vitamin C


Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins that our body needs when it comes to the overall shape of our nails.it helps to provide strength and also integrity to our nails.

It is very important for men to have at least ninety milligrams of Vitamin C and women need to take in at least seventy-five milligrams per day. 

If your body does not get this required amount of vitamin C, over time your nails will become brittle and their growth will weaken. 

The bottom line is that if you want healthy, shiny and strong nails, you need to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables daily. Nuts and seeds are also great to include in your diet. However, keep in mind that it is always best to get these vitamins and minerals straight from the food source instead of supplementing them. This will give you the best result possible.

General Tips to Ensure Healthier Nails

Try to limit your hand’s exposure to water 


Although we know this one is a hard one, especially for our women who love doing dishes and other tasks that involve water, it is best advised to try and limit the amounts of time your hands, especially your nails, comes into contact with water on a daily basis.

Too much contact with water will result in weak, brittle nails.


Keep your body hydrated


Making sure that you drink enough water is essential to the health of your body, especially your nails. If you do not have enough moisture in your body it will show in your nails. One of the first signs of dehydration that your nails will show is that they will peel easily. Make sure to drink enough water so that your body and nails remain hydrated and strong.


Try to keep your natural nails as short as possible. 


This is just for general hygiene purposes. Keeping your nails on the shorter side will make sure that they do not break or chip. If your nails are kept short, they will also not likely get caught into things easily. 

By making sure that you follow these general tips, we can guarantee that you are on the right road to healthier nails. Along with these tips, we recommend that you include some of the vitamins and minerals that we’ve mentioned above in your daily lifestyle choice to enhance the overall health of your nails. 

For more great tips and tricks for healthier nails, make sure to speak to our professional nail techs today. Book your appointment at your nearest Tammy Taylor nail salon to get your nails looking healthier and stronger too. We look forward to seeing you in-store soon. 

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