Good nutrition is the secret to beautiful hair, nails and skin and depends upon the foods we consume. In addition, our bodies require sufficient rest and sleep.
Hydration is paramount to good nutrition for hair, nails and skin as water carries the nutrients and vital trace minerals. It hydrates the skin, hair and nail matrices thereby improving cell development and growth. Drink 8 to 11 glasses (8 ounce glasses) of water daily – water purity is important and spring water has minerals which are beneficial to the body.
The body converts the energy received from the sun into Vitamin D (to sustain health) and sufficient exposure to sunlight on a daily basis is important while protecting against UVB and UVA radiation.
A diet high in amino acids, essential fatty acids, minerals and vitamins is necessary for proper nutrition – research shows that diets high in animal fats impact negatively on development and growth of hair, nails and skin. These saturated fats stimulate the body's sebaceous glands to exude extra oils which increases oil in the hair, clog pores and attaches dirt.
It was commonly believed that gelatin increased nail strength but this has been disproved. Hair, skin and nails consist mainly of protein and so sufficient levels of protein must be consumed. The American Dietary Association says that the majority of Americans consume excess amounts of protein daily.
The problem, however, is not protein deficiency but rather deficiency of minerals and vitamins found in vegetables and fruits – not enough is included in daily diets. Some deficiencies can be Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Iodine, B vitamins, Iron, Zinc and Niacin, all of which are found in vegetables and fruits.
Pill supplements for poor diets help but they do not replace raw vegetables, fruits and seeds that provide the proper combination of minerals and vitamins required by the body. Although scientists and researchers strive to form the perfect pill supplement they are unable to match nature's creations.
Many doctors and experts concur that a diet must consist of at least 50% fresh vegetables and fruits which helps maintain healthy weight levels and getting extra nutrition.
Diets should include foods like broccoli, onions, sea vegetables and fish (rich in silicon and sulfur) as well as those rich in one of the B vitamins and biotin (brewers yeast, soybeans and brown rice). We need omega – 3 and omega-6 fats you will find omega-6 oils present in cooking oil and baked products. Good sources of these fats are flaxseed, mackerel and salmon.