Natural and Nutritional Therapies for Healthy Nails

If eyes are considered the “windows to the soul” then the nails are the “windows to the body.” Nails are very useful in serving as an early warning system to evaluate health. Since the nails are one of the last areas in the body to receive nutrients carried by blood, nails show signs of trouble before other tissues do.  White spots on nails have linked to zinc or thyroid deficiency. White bands or ridged nails have been linked to zinc, iron, or protein deficiency. Black bands signal low adrenal function or injury to the nails. Discolored nails could be a deficiency of vitamin B12 or a signal of kidney or liver issues. Yellow nails could signal vitamin E deficiency, poor circulation, lymph congestion, or too much nail polish. Here are some natural and nutritional ways to keep your nails healthy and beautiful!

  • Proper nutrition is the key to good nail health! Eat lots of vegetable protein and calcium-rich foods such as whole grains, sprouts, leafy greens, molasses, and fresh seafood.
  • Eat sulfur-rich foods such as onions, sea vegetables, and broccoli.
  • For discolored nails, rub lemon juice on the nail base. White vinegar removes dark polish stains but use it once a week to avoid having your nails dry out.
  • To help with the color and texture of your nails, mix honey with avocado oil, egg yolk and a pinch of sea salt. Rub the mixture onto your nails and leave on for about 30 minutes before rinsing.
  • Fake nails or tips add weight to nails and prevent them from thickening naturally. Try not to keep your nails constantly polished. Allow them to breathe at least one day a week.
  • Nail colors can penetrate the nail to the skin and cause allergic reactions. A simple manicure without polish is just as beautiful as fake white tips!
  • If you have a nail fungus, try applying castor oil or tea tree oil daily to your nails for six weeks. You can also soak your nails in a bowl of Grapefruit Seed extract solution.


Page, Linda. (2006). Healthy Healing. Healthy Healing Inc.