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August 20, 2012
Are you plagued with splitting or brittle nails? Or perhaps your hair is dull and thinning and you wish it were shiny and thick. It may help to use good quality and non-toxic nail and hair products on the outside, but you'll see the most improvement when you take a look at what's happening on the inside.
Poor hair and nail health are typically signs of a nutritional deficiency. Nutritional deficiencies usually occur from not eating the correct nutrients or malabsorption issues. Either way, both problems can be solved with the right food and supplements.
First let's envision what healthy nails and hair look like. Healthy nails are evenly colored, smooth, strong, and have a pale pink or flesh covered nail bed. Hair is optimally shiny, without split ends. Baldness and pattern baldness are hereditary; however, some cases of hair loss or thinning can indicate a health issue.
Some nutritional solutions will be sure to help nails and hair, across the board--regardless of the specific concern you may have.
Certain problems with hair and nails can indicate issues that may require other recommendations. Read on to see if these pertain to you:
It's not just about vanity; the appearance of both hair and nails is a barometer of your internal health. No matter what issues you are experiencing, it's important to address nutrition first. Include quality protein, healthy fat, and vegetable and fruit carbohydrates at each meal and snack. Reduce processed and sugary food consumption because those foods contribute to nutritional deficiencies that lead to poor hair and nail health. It may be necessary to complement nutritious eating with supplements, depending on your individual needs. Taking these steps will not only give you strong nails and shiny hair, but will assure of you optimal overall health as well.
For more information on the topic of hair and nails, listen to the February 11, 2012 episode of Dishing Up Nutrition with special guest Jim McAfee author of Your Body’s Sign Language.