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My nails have become brittle and they peel and chip easily. What should I eat to make them strong?

Brittle nails could be a short-term phenomenon or a long-lasting reflection of internal disease. The condition has been associated with iron deficiency and thyroid or kidney imbalances. Splitting or pitting has been connected to psoriasis. Low levels of vitamin C and folic acid can also bring about such changes in nails. 

Anaemia, thyroid imbalances, underlying disorders such as lichen planus (an inflammatory condition that affects skin, hair and nails) and psoriasis need to be ruled out. We suggest you include rich sources of vitamin B, calcium and zinc in your diet.

You should also massage your hands and feet as part of your daily preventive care. You may use simple moisturisers or any suitable body oils of a natural source.

I have heard that you shouldn’t eat yogurt with fish or meat. Is that true?

Ayurveda mentions in length about antagonism among food substances in its preventive healthcare teachings. The antagonism is related to specific properties of various combinations, the method of preparation, place and time of intake, constitution of the individual and associated traits. 

Milk is a typical food that is incompatible with many other everyday items, which is understandable when we analyse the metabolism of milk. As per Ayurveda, milk is antagonistic to all kinds of fish. 

According to Ayurveda, “It results in serious occlusion of body channels.” Radish, garlic, moringa, basil, horse gram, black gram, mango, pomegranate and all sour liquids are incompatible with milk.

However, yogurt as a product in particular is not mentioned. Yet as an immediate milk derivative it is best avoided with fish. Similarly, meat should also not be eaten together with milk and yogurt.

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