Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Food for Healthy Nails


Nails are a protective horn at the end of our most sensitive extremities: fingers and toes. They can often become injured from accidents or crushing weight such as heavy walking or running. They can also become infected from bacterial or fungal infections as well as separated from the nail bed or chipped from harsh weather.

The nails are often a reflection of our overall health or nutritional deficiencies. Some ways to listen to what your nails are trying to tell you are:

? Iron/Protein/Calcium Deficiency = brittle, concave, ridged, white half moons

? Too much salt = external fibrous growths

? Nervousness / hyper thyroid = separation of the nail bed

? Respiratory Difficulties = bluish discoloration

? Bronchial Difficulties = yellowish discoloration

? Anemia = pale nail beds

? Vitamin A Deficiency = peeling nails

? Zinc Deficiency = poor nail growth

? Vegetable Quality Oils Deficiency = thin, brittle nails

? Consumption Extremes in Diet (especially meats and refined foods) = washboard ridges

What we eat actually does affect the appearance of these external parts of our bodies. Start paying attention to your hands (and feet!) and feeding your body right.

The food we put IN the body affects the health of our nails, but that doesn't mean to completely ignore the food we put ON the body either. Contrary to many fabulously smart marketing campaigns you don't need to spend a lot of money on chemically enhanced products to experience strength and beauty on your outside.

Natural oils are an excellent way to treat the external condition of the finger and toenails. Different oils affect the body differently. A great way to determine what oil would suit your body best is to examine your heritage and connect to the predominant oil in that part of the world.

Once you have determined which is best for your particular body's need use some time in the evening to take a "nail bath" (remember ? the skin is our most absorbent organ ?)

1. Allow your nails to soak in a small bowl of oil or gently rub the oil into the nails

2. Cover with cotton gloves, cotton socks

3. Sleep

Top Three Oils to Treat Your Nails Right

1. Coconut Oil: one of the few significant plant sources of lauric acid. This medium chain fatty acid, which is also found in human milk, enhances brain function and the immune system.

2. Palm Kernel: when unrefined, this high saturation oil is the one of the most stable of oils providing strength and ultimate saturation to the skin.

3. Olive Oil: the most stable vegetable oil, high in vitamin E, provides support to the liver and gallbladder (yes, no matter how you take it into the body).

Now, take a minute and think about how those chemically enhanced skin and nail products are affecting your body ?

To your health and success, Heather

Heather Dominick is a Nutrition-Energy Consultant and creator of The EnergyRICH Lifestyle ProgramTM. She delivers Nutrition Keynotes, Wellness Workshops and seminars at conferences and companies. To receive bi-monthly Nutrition and Lifestyle Tips you can (a) subscribe to her free e-Newsletter at http://www.individual-health.net or (b) call her at 917-940-5337 to chat about your health concerns and see how she can help.


MORE RESOURCES:

5 Nutrition Concepts You Shouldn't Take At Face Value
Huffington Post
By Janet Helm for U.S. News. We all know about the book and movie with “shades of grey” in the title. That phrase may conjure up certain images in your head, but it got me thinking about all the shades of grey in nutrition. People frequently speak ...



Scientific American

Why Almost Everything Dean Ornish Says about Nutrition Is Wrong
Scientific American
But the research he cites to back up his op–ed claims is tenuous at best. Nutrition is complex but there is little evidence our country's worsening metabolic ills are the fault of protein or fat. If anything, our attempts to eat less fat in recent ...

and more »


Healthy Eats (blog)

Nutrition News: Greek Yogurt Is in Schools (But Is It Beneficial?) and Junk ...
Healthy Eats (blog)
Robert Post, the senior director of nutrition and regulatory affairs for Greek yogurt maker Chobani, which was involved in the pilot program, says he is thrilled about the nationwide rollout. “The success of the pilot is a testament to the growing ...

and more »


Push for better nutrition
Bristol Press
BRISTOL — The push for better nutrition in schools has been going on for some time but it really kicked in last year and the students are still getting used to it, said Greg Boulanger, district director of food services. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids ...



Farmington nonprofit brings nutrition, fitness to CCSD schools
Farmington Daily Times
Cindy Charley, program specialist at Capacity Builders, speaks on Thursday about the National Conference on Cultural-Based Nutrition and Fitness for Native American Youth, which will take place Tuesday and Wednesday at the Farmington Civic Center.



Sequoyah County Times

Sallisaw Nutrition Center makes it work for CASC students
Sequoyah County Times
Sallisaw Nutrition Center recently received the Outstanding Community/Agency Partner Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Educators Equity Council. Pictured are, from left, Kathy Quinn-Teague, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education; ...

and more »


Nutrition Project 4-26
Examiner Enterprise
Nutrition Project 4-26. Monday: Sloppy joe, oven fries, mixed fruit, brownie Tuesday: Chef salad, ham cheese egg, baked potato, crackers, lime cake Wednesday: Chicken parmesan, Broccoli, noodles, apple sauce, pound cake Thursday: Enchilada casserole, ...



Lexington Herald Leader

Don't forget to fuel young athletes with hydration and nutrition
Lexington Herald Leader
Children should eat a nutritious lunch two to four hours before sports play. If a child eats an early lunch, then provide the child with a small snack, such as a vegetable or grain, to eat about 45 minutes before a sports activity. □ Shop for balanced ...



WMTW Portland

Proposals encourage better nutrition for Maine food stamp users
WMTW Portland
Junk food. Buy fruits, other stuff. Keep them off the junk food.” Maine's Department of Health and Human Services administers the federal government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Any item with a nutrition label -- from cookies to ...
Maine Governor Supports Bipartisan Bill To Ban Using Food Stamps For Junk ...The Inquisitr
Maine Gov. Paul LePage Wants To Ban Buying Junk Food With Food StampsHuffington Post

all 32 news articles »


MLive.com

Food Babe Vani Hari: Critics target her lack of nutrition background
MLive.com
And with the help of her fans, she's led numerous successful online petitions to persuade food industry giants to rid their products of ingredients she deems unacceptable. What Hari doesn't have, critics argue, is a background in related sciences or ...

and more »

Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.