Imagine painstakingly growing your nails to the length you like, giving yourself an expensive manicure, and then realising that your nail has chipped. Sounds familiar? Brittle and chipping nails are every girl’s worst nightmare. But do you know that eating certain foods can actually help make your nails grow stronger and less brittle?
Yes, you read that right. It is totally possible to have strong nails if you feed your body the right source of nutrients. Easy peasy? Let’s find out what those foods are...
These little mighty seeds are the powerhouse your nails need to be strong and chip-resistant. Chia seeds facilitate alkaline formation, which is a source of calcium and protein that supports nail growth and collagen production in the body.
BB Pro Tip: Simply toss a tablespoon into your breakfast bowl or a smoothie to see results.
Cucumber is a rich source of Vitamin H, which is another name for biotin. It encourages faster nail growth and minimizes nail breakage. Cucumbers also increases nail thickness and hardness, so your nail becomes less prone to breaking and splitting.
BB Pro tip: Add cucumbers to your salad or simply chop a few slices and have it for lunch.
An amazing source of plant-based iron and protein, Spinach provides the building blocks for strong and healthy nails. As it is also enriched with Vitamin E, magnesium, and calcium, spinach is something you have to consume if you want strong nails.
BB Pro tip: You can add a few spinach leaves to any smoothie of your choice as it is pretty tasteless when consumed in this form.
If you love chickpeas, you have to know that nails love them just as much. Chickpeas are chock-full of protein, zinc, and vitamin B that are vital nutrients for strong nails.
BB Pro tip: Grind some chickpeas into a fine flour to enjoy delectable chickpea omelettes.
Your nails require folic acid in order for them to grow fast, be healthy and stay strong. Avocados deliver the moisture that your nails need to keep them from being fragile and breaking at the slightest touch.
BB Pro Tip: Crush the avocados to make some yummy guacamole that can be an amazing breakfast accompaniment.
Written by Urvi Dalal on Jan 21, 2019
Writer, avid reader and hardcore beauty enthusiast is the best way to describe Urvi Dalal. With over 5 years of writing experience in the beauty industry, you can trust her to have the latest skin, hair and makeup tidbits on her fingertips. In her time working as a beauty writer, she has had the opportunity to interact and work closely with a string of dermatologists, makeup artists and hairstylists. All that knowledge exchange, coupled with her flair and love for writing make it possible for her to bring you some authentic yet fun beauty content. When Urvi isn’t working, you’d usually catch her curled up with a big, fat book, drinking a cup of tea or practising her makeup skills; there is no in-between!