In this episode of Authentic Self Wellness Radio, I am sharing with you the key nutrients and foods needed to promote healthy hair and nails. I also talk about some of the DIY recipes that I use to keep my hair shiny and my nails strong. Enjoy!
I’ve been using coconut oil for a lot of things lately, and not just for cooking! I rub it on my lips, skin, and sometimes even my hair. I always love the way it tastes and smells; it reminds me of summer vacation! Coconut oil has powerful antimicrobial and antifungal properties. It has been shown that coconut oil can help ease the symptoms associated with throat infections, pneumonia, sinusitis, food poisoning, urinary tract infections, conjunctivitis, and stomach ulcers. Coconut oil has a neutral effect on blood cholesterol, even in situations where coconut oil is the sole source of fat. Remember that the saturated fats found in French fries are totally different than the health saturated fats in natural foods like coconuts. Coconut oil aids in the absorption of calcium, magnesium, and amino acids. When buying coconut oil, always go for the best; virgin or extra virgin coconut oil because then it is never hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated, and it is processed without high heat and chemicals.
DID YOU KNOW:
- Coconut oil has been shown to boost your immune system, keeping you healthy during cold and flu season.
- In addition to promoting a healthy heart, coconut oil is known to improve your metabolism and energy production.
- Populations that consume coconuts as a major part of their diet are rarely troubled by osteoporosis.
Have you recently looked down at your hands and wondered “what the heck is going on with my nails?” Sometimes our nails start to take on a life of their own with white spots, ridges, chips and bad breaks! When this starts happening, it’s time to take a look at what you are eating. Pale nails can be a sign of anemia and breakable nails may mean you need more B-vitamins. Try eating more oats, barley, bananas, and potatoes. If your nails are flaking, you made need to eat more essential fatty acids from foods like avocados, flaxseed oil, nuts, chia seeds, and wild salmon. White spots can mean that you need to include more zinc into your diet, so start eating pumpkin seeds, garlic, sesame seeds, wheat germ and garbanzo beans.