Every winter our hands take a beating. It only takes a of couple weeks of exposure to chilly temperatures and wheeling through salty, sandy slush for our hands and nails to become dry, cracked and brittle. Sometimes even the warmest, water-proof gloves/mittens and deeply intensifying moisturizers aren’t enough to protect our precious appendages from the harsh elements. To help keep your skin and nails strong from the inside make sure to include plenty of the following nutrients in your diet this season.
Omega 3 fatty acids help skin maintain moisture (ie. salmon, sardines, halibut and walnuts).
Vitamin C acts as a building block for collagen (ie. broccoli, green/red peppers and berries).
Folate is a water-soluble B vitamin that is vital for cell growth (ie. spinach, romaine lettuce and lentils).
Biotin is another water-soluble B vitamin that helps support healthy skin and nails (almonds, sweet potato, eggs and oats).
Protein is necessary to make collagen and your nails are composed of laminated layers of a protein called keratin (ie. fish, chicken, beef and nuts and legumes).
Serve this recipe with chicken, salmon or steak and you’ll be pushing your way through those snow banks with a little more protection and ease this winter.