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What can I do to improve the health of my nails?
Healthy-looking nails can be achieved by maintaining a healthy diet that gives you adequate levels of protein, minerals and vitamins.
What can I do to improve my hair growth?
Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet may help reduce hair loss and enhance hair growth. In particular, zinc has been linked with improved hair density.
What can I do to improve the health of my skin?
A healthy, balanced diet can improve your skin, as deficiencies in certain vitamins and minerals can cause skin problems, or exacerbate existing skin conditions. Staying hydrated and getting adequate sleep is also helpful for maintaining …
My nails are soft and break easily, what can I take to help make them stronger?
There are many causes of soft and easily broken nails, including deficiencies in iron, calcium, vitamin A, D and the B vitamins. A simple blood test to determine if you are deficient in any essential vitamins …
Does having an inflammatory skin condition alter my dietary needs?
Yes. If you have an inflammatory skin disorder, you will likely need more folic acid and protein. Your dermatologist will be able to give you information specific to your condition.
How fast do nails grow?
Nails grow about two to three millimeters each month and take about six to nine months to be fully replaced.
What does it mean if I have white bands that run across my nails?
White bands running across your nails may be a normal appearance; however, they may also be a sign of transverse leukonychia, which can be caused by severe calcium or zinc deficiency.
About this article
Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 06 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Diet for hair, skin and nails