I was blessed with good teeth and terrible nails. Stronger nails have been a goal of mine since about age 4. I’ve tried nail polish that dries nails. I’ve wore wraps to fake the strength. Once, I bought nail polish with extra protein. I don’t even understand how that works.
One day all that changed. I woke up and my fingernails were magnificent. They are long, flexible, but resilient, and look like I don’t work with my hands. I was truly baffled, until I realized how these nails grew from my fingers.
I discovered the secret to stronger nails without even knowing it.
Fingernails are composed of 100 layers of nail tissue. Like all integumentary tissues, nails are protein. Their strength related to the protein we consume. Thanks to my naturopath and the Whole 30 diet phenomenon, I’ve spent the last few month consuming large amount of collagen without thinking about it.
Collagen is the connective tissue responsible for making jello, giving your skin bounce, and keeping hair and nails super strong.
How did I eat mass qualities of collagen? Vital proteins gelatin!
Beef gelatin is crazy good for you. It can heal the gut, provide protein, increase immunity, and help with weight loss.
The variety I take is granular. It gels up, like a chunky, clear, flavorless jello. So, maybe it’s not the easiest to eat, but one serving feeds me 17 grams of protein, and has given me stronger nails than I ever imagined.
For those scared of the words chunky, clear, flavorless jello, they also make a variety that doesn’t congeal.
This colorless variety boasts 18 grams of protein per serving. It’s perfect for smoothies, yogurt, or really anything you want to hide protein in.
But, it turns out the beef wasn’t all the gave me the nails of dreams.
Biotin boasts luxurious hair, skin, and nails. And it works.
Again, without realizing, I was taking massive doses of Alpha Lipoic Acid, but I bought one that also contained biotin, because WHY NOT?
Biotin is one of the many B vitamins. It’s water soluble and responsible for the metabolism of fat into amino acids. It also promotes cell growth, meaning it encourages faster, stronger, super hero growth of hair, skin, and nails.
And it works.
While the variety I take also has ALA, there are many biotins on the market. Stick to one with the fewest other ingredients. Avoid rice bran, silicone dioxide, magnesium sterate, and any other fillers and preservatives. Supplements aren’t regulated by the FDA, so you want to buy the purest ones you can find. That’s why I like ones from Pure Encapsulations.
Together, these biological powerhouses have turned me into a nail growing machine. I’m not saying supplements are some magical pill that causes miracles of the beauty world to happen…or am I?
Have you tried collagen or biotin? Tell me about it in the comments!
Peace. Love. and Bobby Pins.