It’s kind of funny that no matter how much we as a society think we know about food, the more we learn. Take “superfoods”, for example. I only started hearing this term in the past 2-3 years. But obviously the foods being discussed have been around a lot longer than that. Shanna shared some info with me on superfoods, which I am sharing with you with permission.
8 Superfoods That Will Strengthen Your Hair and Nails
Have you ever heard the saying, “You are what you eat?” Even though you may not take this saying literally, it’s more relevant than you may think. Not only does your diet affect your weight and overall health, but it also affects the quality of your skin, hair and nails. In other words, the worse you eat, the more likely you are to breakout, have brittle nails and thin hair that is possibly falling out. Want an easy fix? Here are 10 foods that you should add to your diet to strengthen your hair and nails:
1. Whey Protein
Both your hair and your nails are made from the same protein, keratin, so it makes sense why your diet choices affect them both. To maintain strong nails and healthy hair, it’s important to make sure that you are eating (or drinking) enough protein. Try adding a scoop of whey protein to your everyday smoothie for an extra boost.
Fun fact: blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant properties of all fruits. What are antioxidants and why should you care? Antioxidants protect your body from free radicals and other unhealthy substances that your body absorbs from a poor diet. If you’re going to eat a bowl of fruit in the morning, make sure blueberries are in it!
This healthy snack is high in magnesium and protein, both of which are necessary for maintaining healthy hair and nails. Almonds also help relieve stress and stimulate hair growth. Whether you’re eating whole, sliced or slivered almonds, just know that you are helping your body in more ways than one!
4. Red Meat
Not only is a juicy steak packed with protein, but it also contains another key ingredient: iron. Have you ever noticed that people who have an iron-deficiency also suffer from a nail disease called koilonychia? This is also commonly referred to “spoon-shaped” nails because it results in a concave formation of the fingernail.
When people think of oysters they either think one of two things: slimy seafood or aphrodisiac. Believe it or not, Oysters contain a high level of zinc, which is essential for making keratin (the protein needed for your hair and nails). While oysters may not be a food that you include in your everyday diet, you should try them if you haven’t already.
Not only are eggs a great source of protein, but they also contain vitamin D and biotin. Biotin helps support the development of keratin, making your hair and nails healthy and strong. Biotin also helps metabolize fatty acids, amino acids and glucose, converting the food we eat into energy and helping other bodily functions.
Who doesn’t enjoy a cold beer every now and then? Although beer may not be the healthiest thing for you, it is one of the richest sources of silicon, which increases scalp circulation and reduces nail brittleness. This doesn’t mean that you should go overboard and drink beer on a daily basis, it’s just something to keep in mind the next time you go reach for a cold one.
Salmon is an excellent source of biotin and protein, as well as omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to reduce inflammation and help moisturize your skin and scalp. Keep in mind, a healthy scalp means healthy hair!
While these aren’t foods that you necessarily need to eat every day, they’re considered superfoods for a reason and they will help strengthen your hair and nails. There are also several lifestyle factors that you should consider as a potential threat to the health of your hair and nails. For example, smoking can cause brittle and dull-looking hair. The more you know, the more aware you will be about your overall health!