Food is nutritious and gives our body what it needs to get through life, but studies have shown that certain foods may also have a positive cosmetic and psychological impact on our lives.
Brittle and cracking nails are common, and in some cases it may be the sign of an underlying condition. However, in the case of a healthy subject, this may point to a lack of protein, vitamin E and zinc. The following is a list of good food resources to help get control of your nails.
Chicken (27g protein), turkey (25g protein), roast beef (24g protein), fresh tuna cooked (26g protein), and boiled shrimp (21g protein) are great sources of protein, but some say that active dieters may not be getting enough protein in their daily diets, since they will shy away from these foods. (shine) You can still get protein from less fatty foods such as, firm tofu (10g protein), half a cup cooked soybeans (14g protein), half a cup of sunflower seeds (13g protein), broccoli (5g protein), one cup of oatmeal (6g protein). (nwhealth.edu)
Foods such as sweet potatoes (5.93mg vitamin E), sunflower oil (6.1mg vitamin E), dried almonds (6.72mg vitamin E), wheat germ oil (20.3mg vitamin E), dried peanuts (2.56mg vitamin E), and avocado (2.32mg vitamin E) are some of the best sources for vitamin E in relation to calories. (osu.edu)
For great sources of Zinc you can try 6 medium cooked oysters (76.3mg zinc), 3 ounces cooked crab (4.7mg zinc), 3 ounces of cooked beef (6mg zinc), 3 ounces of cooked dark turkey meat (3.8mg zinc), and most cereals (10 – 20mg zinc). (oregonstate.edu)
Hopefully the previous information has not put you in a bad mood, but if it has you should be alright. Studies have shown that carbohydrates can help you relax and combat stress by effectively releasing serotonin in the brain. If you are looking sharpen your mind set, you can also start off by eating a strong protein breakfast and then slowly consume carbohydrates throughout the day. (mtsu.edu)
There are different kinds of carbohydrates for different situations. For instance, you should only eat carbohydrates with a high glycemic load if you are going to be working out shortly after. You can visit mit.edu and view a very detailed list of what foods are high in carbohydrates and glycemic index and ones that are not.
The intention of this article was to help make you wiser when it comes to simple food solutions for your life. Hopefully all of this new found wisdom is not now showing in your face, but if it is do not worry, there is even a food solution for that.
Many dermatologists believe that the major antioxidants (vitamin A, C, and E) can help decrease the risk of sun and other environmental damage by disarming wrinkle-causing “free radicals” — unstable molecules that damage cells. (berkely.edu)
Not only is it believed that these vitamin antioxidants help protect aging skin, but it also believed that omega-3, which acts as an anti-inflammatory, can greatly assist in reducing acne. So what is the best source for vitamin A, C, E and omega-3?
Small red beans, wild blue berries, red kidney beans, cranberries, walnuts, and artichokes are just a few of the ‘power packed’ foods that contain high levels of antioxidant capacity. Most omega-3 is contained in fish; however, you can get a decent amount of omega-3 in oils and seeds. For a complete break down of omega-3 in food you can visit tufts.edu.
The inspiration for this article came from shine.