Healthy nail habitsAs the warmer weather starts rapidly approaching (summer will be here before you know it!), it becomes more apparent to some of us that our nails may not be as healthy as we’d like them to be. Fortunately, a lot of this depends on the nutrients we consume, which means it’s almost completely in our control to get our toenails back to looking good and feeling healthy.

Vitamins and nutrients are essential for making sure that your nails and hair stay strong and healthy. However, it’s not the only key to having healthy nails. Practicing good foot care is also an essential part of this process. That being said, here are the vitamins and nutrients that you should be consuming on a daily basis to make sure you have strong nails.

  • Vitamin A: This will help promote the growth of strong nails. You can find it in sweet potatoes, leafy greens, and fish. When you drink too much alcohol or caffeine it can diminish the amount of Vitamin A found in your body so be sure to avoid that problem.
  • Vitamin B: If you have a Vitamin B deficiency you might know it by the fact that your nails will turn very brittle and will often break. You can find Vitamin B in a multivitamin.
  • Vitamin C: This may cause hangnails. Citrus fruits are a great source of Vitamin C, but you can also find it in supplements.
  • Vitamin E: This is a source of both antioxidants and blood circulating properties, which helps your nails grow fast and strong.
  • Zinc: If you have a zinc deficiency you might notice that your nails will change shape, or that you have white spots on your nails. You can find zinc in leafy greens, bananas, and legumes.

Remember that getting the proper amount of vitamins and nutrients will only take you so far. It’s all up to you to keep your nails healthy. If you have more questions about how to do that call Dr. Peyman Elison and Dr. Viedra Elison at (623) 584-5556 to book your appointment at Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ. 

Dr. Peyman A. Elison
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