During times of hormonal imbalance women who have enjoyed strong and healthy nails their entire lives can suddenly find themselves suffering from weak and brittle nails. However, there are methods available for treating weak and brittle nails. Continue reading to discover five ways of restoring your nails to their former glory.
Review Your Diet
Your diet is central to all efforts of banishing weak and brittle nails, while eating well also benefits your overall health. Vitamin C, biotin, calcium, zinc, iron and an array of amino acids (essential for protein assimilation) are integral to ensuring strong and healthy nails. To guarantee that you get these vital nutrients, include fresh fruit, chicken, eggs, peanuts, and seafood in your diet. Cutting down on salt, sugar, and processed foods is also advisable.
Adopt Some Good Habits
There are several positive habits which you can easily implement into your day-to-day routine in order to restore the former condition of your weak and brittle nails. Some of these habits include wearing gloves in situations which expose your nails to harsh elements like cleaning chemicals and cold weather. Soaking your nails in olive oils will also help strengthen them.
Stop Biting Them
Biting your nails can cause trauma in the nail bed, which will affect cuticles and cause nails to become weak, brittle, and likely to snap. Rough edges left behind after biting also provide the perfect environments for nails to start weakening and growing dry.
Rule Out Any Underlying Causes
In addition to hormone imbalance, there are several underlying ailments that can cause weak and brittle nails. These include nutrition-related conditions such anemia, or more serious diseases such as poor circulation and liver disorders. If you have any concerns over your symptoms, you should seek the advice of your doctor.
Making sure that you drink enough water is essential for the body's maintenance, and nails are no exception. You should aim to have at least eight glasses of water each day to ensure your nails grow smooth and strong. Lack of moisture can leave your nail beds and cuticles more prone to cracking.
Suffering from weak and brittle nails can be irritating and may have a distinctly negative impact on a woman's self-esteem. Follow the link below for further information on how to handle this symptom.
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