Do you ever look at your brittle or split nails in embarrassment?
I’ve always envied people with beautiful, strong, and healthy nails.
If like me, you didn’t win the genetic lottery in this department, you might rely on acrylics or have simply given up the dream of long nails altogether. However, all hope is not lost.
There natural ways to make your nails long and healthy. In fact, since incorporating some of the following advice, I’ve noticed a major difference in the overall strength and health of my nails.
One major issue that I’ve always had with my nails was peeling. The ends would always be jagged or split, causing them to peel-up in layers. This is usually caused by excessive dryness.
Wearing gloves when you wash the dishes and applying a quality hand cream after you wash your hands throughout the day can make a big difference. I like to keep a lotion bar at my desk and massage it into my nail beds after a trip to the restroom.
The condition of your nails can be a glimpse into your overall health. If you’re not eating a well-balanced diet, you won’t feel or look your best. Keratin, a type of protein is the building block of our nails. Foods like nuts, Greek yogurt, and spinach provide not only the protein needed for healthy nails but also a number of nutrients such as biotin, calcium, and magnesium.
In fact, here’s a short list of quick snacks that are great for nail health:
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Green Peas
- Boiled Eggs
- Sunflower Seeds
As mentioned, dry nails become brittle and break. While applying a hand or cuticle cream can help add moisture to prevent breakage, you really need to hydrate from the inside out. Drinking lots of water can help keep your cuticles and nails well-hydrated.
Plus, water helps your body flush out toxins, improving your overall health which may lead to stronger nails.
If you’re eating a well-balanced diet and still notice your nails are brittle, you might want to visit your doctor. They’ll be able to check if you have any sort of nutritional deficiencies that are impacting your nails.
Iron deficiency anemia, which is most common amongst women of childbearing age, can cause brittle nails. If you’re unable to absorb enough iron from food, your doctor may recommend taking a supplement.
While you can find iron supplements at the health food store, you should check with your physician first to see if you need them, and how much you should take.
Do you have any tips for healthy nails?