Ever wonder how some women can grow healthy-looking nails that never seem to break? We’ll give you one hint: It’s not because of a supplement on Instagram. Most women with flawless natural tips have one thing in common: their diet. Growing healthy nails starts from the inside out, so if you want to get longer tips sans extensions, you’re going to have to start eating right. Check out the top foods guaranteed to help you grow long, strong and beautiful nails.
This powerhouse morning staple packs three essential nutrients necessary for nail growth: protein, vitamin D and biotin, which all contribute to nail strength. Whether they’re scrambled, fried or sunny side up, make sure you consume everything, including the yolk.
Packed with protein, biotin and zinc, salmon also contains omega-3s to reduce inflammation that may deter nail growth as well as selenium and copper, two nutrients necessary to produce collagen in your body and help nails grow.
Consider spinach the holy grail veggie when it comes to nail growth. Not only is it packed with iron and protein, both necessities for your overall health, it also contains vitamin E, calcium, vitamin A, magnesium, vitamin B and folate—essential nutrients to help your nails grow long and strong. For best results, try consuming spinach a couple of times a day. Throw it in your smoothie, on your sandwich, in your salad or sauté it with olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic.
After adding a bit of spinach into your morning smoothie, throw in a teaspoon of chia seeds as well. Chia seeds are packed with omega-3s and calcium to help strengthen nails and kickstart growth.
Another tiny but mighty nail growth necessity, almonds contain biotin, vitamin E, magnesium, manganese, calcium and protein. Try incorporating them into your meals throughout the day to keep you full and help your nails grow. Add a spoonful of almond butter to your morning smoothie, throw a small Ziploc bag of raw almonds into your purse for easy on-the-go snacking and dip banana slices into almond butter for dessert.
Drinking 8-10 glasses a day not only helps your body function, it also keeps nails and cuticles hydrated, a major must when trying to grow long, strong and healthy tips.
Now that your nails are all set, pick out the perfect nail art to show them off!