Pioneer Woman at Heart
One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!
One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Folate or just plain luck?
First I tried the nettle/oat straw nutritional tea infusion. Nothing really changed on my nails. However, in a year's time, my dentist visits have been nothing but good as far as build up. They would say over and over, "I can't believe how well your teeth look" etc etc. Could that be the herbal tea drinking? Most of them have antiseptic and anti-bacterial qualities.
About 12 weeks (or more) ago, I started adding more greens into our diet. I read that folate is important to skin, nail and hair growth and health. Well, I now get greens twice a day, and at least 3-4 times a week, not including green vegetables at dinner. I increased the amount of broccoli, brussel sprouts and leafy greens in our diet.
However, at the same time, I started eating two organic brazil nuts a day. I was eating them for my metabolism and sluggish thyroid. Once you start giving birth to babies, a woman's thyroid can turn sluggish. It's been that way for years, but not bad enough for drugs (which I won't take anyway). So the nuts are helping my metabolism balance, but could it also be helping my nails?
My nails are not only growing, but stronger, and not peeling at all. I'm not using any nail polish nor remover (chemicals).
Growing up I had this problem with my nails, and growing up I never ate salads nor greens. I grew up a spaghetti-O's and hot dog kid, as well as quick casseroles using canned/boxed processed food. No offense to my Mom, but it was those types of foods.
Over the course of the last 8-9 years, since we have moved into our homesteading/self-sufficient lifestyle, I love home grown greens and vegetables (which I hated growing up, or never even tried). My kids would never eat salad when they were younger, nor eat their vegetables. Now they do, and they enjoy the greens in their breakfast meal. I add them to organic brown rice, sauces, and where ever else I can sneak them in.
So, it's hard to tell if it's the increase in greens, and green vegetables, or the nuts, or both. Either way, I'm very happy to see a change in both my nails and my metabolism. I wish I just new all this way back in the day, when I started having kids. I would have eaten them, knowing what I know now.