It’s not a pretty sight, if your nails are either splitting, peeling, flaking or brittle and if your hands are dry, rough and chapped. Not just in winter, not just after you’ve finished a sink full of dishes. Every day. All the time. And it’s not like that you have not gone the distance to try to remedy the situation. You sheath your hands in rubber gloves when washing dishes to guard against exposure to detergents and water damage. For regular household chores, you slip on a pair of thinner latex gloves. You don’t wear nail polish? and you’ve used all kinds of hand creams…No matter how much moisturizing lotion you put on to protect them, your hands and nails still have that raw, damaged look Sound familiar? Don’t worry, you are not alone, persistent nail problems are fairly common. But more than just a beauty nightmare, perpetually damaged nails can be a strong signal that something is lacking or lurking in your body. How to get natural healthy nails? try these natural remedies for healthy nails
Composed primarily of a protein called keratin, nails protect the fingertips and toes from injury. Cuticles also provide some protection, preventing bacteria from encroaching on the nail bed. In their book “Prescription for Nutritional Healing”, authors James Balch. MD, and nutritional consultant Phyllis Balch, discuss a litany of possible ills: Brittle nails may indicate an iron deficiency or circulation problem; white spots, a lack of zinc; white bands, a protein deficiency, excessive ridges, a need for the B vitamins; pale nails, possible anemia. Even hangnails may be trying to tell you that you’re not getting enough folic acid, vitamin C or protein. And if you’re prone to nail fungus, “well, you need to boost your immune system and foster the production of lactobacilli. the good bacteria that keep harmful microbes at bay.
GET NATURAL HEALTHY NAILS
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Healthy nails are pink (indicating good circulation) strong and flexible But they don’t grow overnight. According to Myra Cameron and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo, authors of “Mother Nature’s Guide To Vibrant Health & Beauty”, nails generally grow 5/16th of an inch per month; it takes about six months to grow a completely new nail. Sure, some of us may be blessed with a genetic predisposition for sprouting lengthy talons but even maintaining “work-length” nails demands some attention to diet and lifestyle.
And forget that old wives’ tale about tapping your nails on hard surfaces to toughen them up, That sort of repeated impact or “trauma.” merely makes for frail nails, according to Kathleen Davis, a New York City-based dermatologist.
DIET FOR HEALTHY NAILSsoy products,five remedies
Healthy nails are a function of a healthy diet, No nail supplement or gelatin will make a difference in nail care. Anyone who buys one is being deceived. (Not only is gelatin ineffective. it’s derived from animal products.)
what constitutes a pro-nail diet? getting 60 grams of protein a day is strongly recommended. Good vegetarian sources include soy products, grains, legumes, oatmeal, nuts and seeds.
EAT SULFUR AND SILICA RICH FOODgreen leafy vegetables for bone decalcification
Seeking out foods that are rich in sulfur and silica like; broccoli, onions and kelp can help. these are building blocks for healthy nails.
TRY HERBS RICH IN SILICA AND VITAMIN B
Herb sources for silica, as well as the B vitamins (also vital for nail health) include oat straw and horsetail, alfalfa, black cohosh, burdock, dandelion root, gotu kola and yellow dock. All are available in natural food stores; follow package instructions for use. Drink a cup of horsetail or nettle tea once a day. These herbs are high in silica and other minerals that nails need to grow.
FLAX SEEDS OR FISH OIL
If your nails are brittle or flaking, try getting more essential fatty acids. These are found in foods such as fish and flax seed or flax seed oil. If you don’t eat much fish, take 1 tablespoon flax seed oil a day (use it in place of other oil in salad dressing), or sprinkle ground flax seeds on your cereal or other food.
INCREASE BIOTIN AND FOLIC ACID INTAKE
Boosting your intake of biotin and folic acid can remedy cracking, splitting nails. Biotin is found in cauliflower, lentils and peanuts; folic acid is found in spinach, navy and pinto beans.
NAIL NURTURING RECIPE
A daily dose of 2 tablespoons of brewer’s yeast (a great source for both biotin and folic acid) in juice Coupled with 1,000 milligrams (mg) of the supplement choline. You can also use 2 table spoons of wheat germ per day.
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Other prime nail strengtheners, a daily glass of carrot juice—a surprising source of calcium and phosphorus—and essential fatty acids, found in black currant seed oil (500 mg. a day)
EVENING PRIMROSE OIL FOR NAIL HEALTH
Rub a few drops of evening primrose oil on your nails every day for healthy nails. Evening primrose oil is a good source of essential fatty acid. Take 1,000 milligrams three times a day with meals.
ADD ZINC TO YOUR DIET
If your nails have white spots, you may be deficient in zinc. Nuts, root vegetables, whole grains, meat, and shellfish are good sources of this mineral.
PREVENT NAIL FUNGUS WITH ACIDOPHILUS
To prevent nail fungus, try adding acidophilus to your diet. Recommended does is to take 2 tablespoons of refrigerated powdered acidophilus a day for 2 weeks.
GARLIC TO HEAL NAIL FUNGUS
You can try fungus-fighters/immune system enhancers, such as barberry root, which contains berberine, or raw or freeze dried garlic, which contains the antifungals allin and haenni, Both are available in natural food stores; follow label instructions for use.
“Caution: Women who are pregnant or nursing should check with their medical practitioner before using these supplements.”
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
Do not discount water’s influence, while damaging to nail exteriors, water is very helpful when taken internally. Drinking 8 glasses a day is vital for preventing cuts and cracks‘
TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR NAILS
But even with the healthful diet, damaged nails don’t stand a chance if you abuse them. Keep nails short. clean and dry. Don’t use them to my open bottles, scrape off paint or remove staples. Wear gloves when gardening, doing household chores.
PROTECT YOUR NAILS FROM PROLONGED WATER EXPOSURE
Wear gloves when immersing your hands in water. Water moves through nails 100 times faster than through your skin’s outer layer. Prolonged exposure causes nails to expand with moisture, and then shrink as they dry. This is damaging.
If gloves aren’t an option, Run your nails across a bar of soap to prevent dirt and bacteria from getting underneath. When you’re finished with your task, remove the soap with a soft nail brush. Then to replenish lost moisture try massaging olive oil or a moisturiser cream made of chamomile and plant-derived lanolin into your nails and cuticles
MANICURE HEALTHY NAIL TIPS
When you manicure your nail, be sure the tools are sterile to infection. Never cut your cuticles; this leave nails vulnerable to infections, such as paronychia, which can cause nail loss. See your dermatologist or health care practitioner if you have symptoms that include a nail base that’s red. inflamed and filled with pus.
AVOID SYNTHETIC NAIL POLISH
You also do your nails a huge favor by steering clear of synthetic nail polishes. Many brands contain formaldehyde, a toxic substance that can cause allergic reactions like red, cracked skin around nails. Some polishes also include toluene, a flammable chemical used as a glazing solvent that has also prompted allergic reactions.
AVOID ARTIFICIAL PRESS-ONS FOR HEALTHY NAILS
If you’re tempted to try artificial press-ons, resist. Not only do fake nails trap moisture, which can lead to nail fungus, the toxic glues used to affix fake nails can be absorbed into your body through the nail bed.
TEA TREE OIL TO CURE INFLAMED NAILS
If your nails do get inflamed (for example, you pick up athlete’s foot at the gym), applying tea tree oil. a superb anti fungal. to the affected areas, for a few days should take care of it.
GRAPEFRUIT SEED EXTRACT TO CURE NAIL FUNGUS
Grapefruit seed extract is another powerful fungus-fighter, 500 mg. a day to start, working up 2.000 mg, if necessary. Of course, wearing flip-flop shoes around the pool or shower also can cut your risk for fungal infections.
WATCH YOUR NAILS FOR SIGNS OF HEALTH PROBLEMS
Nail problems can be often traced to environmental assaults — exposure to harsh cleaning chemicals, use of drying nail products, or just general physical abuse.
That said, the American Academy of Dermatology advises that the condition of your nails can sometimes reflect a problem in your overall health. Here’s what they say to look out for:
White nails — liver condition
Half pink/half white nails — kidney disease
Yellowing and thickening of the nail, slowed growth rate — lung disease
Pale nail beds — anemia
Yellow-tinged nails with a slight blush at the base — diabetes
In a study conducted at the University of Limerick, researchers discovered something called disulphide bond — present in both nails and bones — was lower in people with osteoporosis.
Of course, if you suspect health problems, discuss any findings or concerns with your doctor.
While keeping your nails healthy may seem like a full-time job. when you’re out on the town flashing your set of exquisitely groomed nails, you’ll know the effort was well worth it. We recommend a daily dose of biotin along with a protein-based polish. After a few weeks of using along with eating a lot of biotin-boosting peanuts—patients report improvement in nail strength and cuticle condition. But even so, do not give up on what most consider there best protection: Those three pairs of gloves