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By Dr. Philip Pinsker
May 22, 2014
Category: Nutrition

Food to Keep Your Toenails HealthyDid you know that May 23, 2014 is Lucky Penny Day? Back in the day, a penny could get you quite a bit…not so much today. Nevertheless, this is one day that you should keep your eyes on the ground, because you just might get lucky! While you are checking things out down below, if you notice your toenails don’t look great, it may be time to switch your diet to one for healthy nails.

Certain foods can benefit your toenails. If you have dull looking nails, it is possible that you have a folate deficiency. This is a B vitamin and you can boost your intake with lentils, beans and dark, leafy vegetables. Essential fatty acids such as flaxseed oil, which you can put into your oatmeal or a smoothie, will keep nails from becoming brittle or flaky. Brittle nails can also develop from a lack of iron so be sure to get enough iron-rich foods paired with those that are high in Vitamin C, which help your body absorb the iron. If your nail bed is thin or you notice some raised ridges, these are both signs of low iron.

Keratin is the protein that makes your nails nice and strong. To get more protein, try adding more lean meat, fish, low fat dairy, nuts and poultry into your diet. Biotin and Vitamin H are also both essential for strong nails, and it is found in bananas, beans, eggs and peanuts. Zinc is another nutrient important for strong, healthy nails and adding some cashews, green beans and lobster to your diet will help. Finally, another easy tip is to take a small amount of olive oil and rub it around your nails and cuticles if they are looking dry—it makes for a great, natural moisturizer.

If your toenails are still suffering after making some diet changes, do not wait to seek help. There are some serious conditions that can show symptoms in your nails. Call Philip S. Pinsker, D.P.M today at (724) 225-7410 to set up a consultation at our Washington, PA office.

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