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How to Get Healthy Hair, Skin & Nails

By Leigh Good ; Updated July 25, 2018

Everyday factors including the foods you eat and the products you use in the shower can have an effect on the health of your hair, skin and nails. You don't need to visit an expensive salon to get shiny hair, glowing skin and strong nails. By making a few easy changes, you can promote your overall health and improve the condition of your skin, hair and fingernails.

Improve Your Diet

  1. Remove refined sugar from your diet to prevent yeast infections on your skin and nails. Choose whole grains such as brown rice and oats over processed white flour to improve the health of your skin.

  2. Limit the amount of fats you get from animal sources such as red meat and dairy. Saturated fat can cause inflammation of the skin. Instead, add healthy fats from pumpkin seeds and fish to your diet to moisturize your hair, skin and nails and prevent dryness and flaky skin.

  3. Get your protein from lean sources, such as white-meat poultry, fish and beans. Beans are an especially good source of fiber, a substance that promotes intestinal health, leading to healthy, glowing skin.

  4. Drink plenty of water. The Food Doctor website recommends drinking 8 cups of plain water per day. Drinking extra water promotes kidney health and flushes toxins from the body, resulting in healthy skin, hair and nails.

Make Lifestyle Changes

  1. Relieve anxiety and minimize stress. Reducing stress in your life can help your skin appear healthier, according to the Food Doctor website. Consider doing some meditation and deep breathing promote health skin.

  2. Engage in moderate exercise. Aerobic exercise increases blood flow throughout your body, bringing better circulation to your scalp, fingers and skin.

  3. Avoid toxins whenever possible. Choose organic foods when you can to improve your overall health.

  4. Stop smoking. If you are a smoker, quitting can greatly improve the health of your hair, skin and fingernails. Exposure to smoke prematurely ages your skin, makes your hair dull and destroys your fingernails.

  5. Protect your hair, skin and nails to keep them healthy. Apply moisturizer daily to combat dryness. The Science Daily website recommends using sunblock when you go outside to prevent wrinkles.

  6. Tip

    Avoid using harsh cleansers on your hair, hands and skin. Strong soaps strip natural oils from your body and can cause dryness.

    Warnings

    See a dermatologist if your hair, skin and nails consistently appear unhealthy. Excessive hair and skin dryness and brittle nails can be signs of underlying illnesses.

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