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    What to eat to get healthy nails

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    Forget huge diamonds that cost as much as a modest size Malibu mansion, or classic Louboutins with oh-so-perfect heels. (OK, maybe we’d still hold onto the latter.) This season’s hottest red carpet accessory isn’t a bag or earrings, but nails. Sure, you’re only one YouTube tutorial away from bringing Gangnam Style to the tips of your fingers, but here’s how to be mani-cam ready with a healthy diet for healthy nails.

    20130520_nailhealth_protein_thumbGet your protein on: Nails are made up of keratin, which is a protein, and a lack of protein in your diet could lead to soft and brittle nails. Incorporate a minimum of 60g of protein into your diet every day. The best sources of protein are lean meats, seafood, eggs, dairy products, legumes, tofu, and nuts.

    20130520_nailhealth_vitamins_thumbTake your vitamins: According to registered dietitian, nutritionist, and health coach Sarah Mirkin, “Vitamin C helps with iron absorption and works with vitamin E to boost and strengthen nails by promoting healthy blood circulation to deliver oxygen to the nail beds.” Great sources of vitamin C include strawberries, oranges, kiwis, cantaloupe, yams, tomatoes, and peppers. For vitamin E, eat nuts, eggs, avocado, asparagus, and sweet potatoes.

    20130520_nailhealth_biotin_thumbDon’t forget biotin: According to Skinny Chicks Eat Real Food author and celebrity nutritionist/chef Christine Avanti, a study found that 2.5mg of biotin per day was enough to significantly increase the firmness and hardness of nails, so make sure you include enough biotin in your daily eats with foods such as milk, salmon, and whole grains.

    20130520_nailhealth_iron_thumbIron it out: An iron deficiency in your diet can also lead to weak nails. Sarah said great sources of iron include oysters, salmon, turkey, beef, tuna, and chicken.

    xx, The FabFitFun Team

    Posted on May 21, 2013 in Get Today's, Health

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