Dry, brittle nails is a problem that thousands of women face. Nails dry-out in the winter time because of intense hand washing to stay healthful and because of all the dry air that is around generated as a result of heaters. Health Nutrition aids to control your fingernail health and provide a cure for dry, brittle nails.
A inadequacy of B-complex vitamins, specifically biotin, will create ridges along the nail bed.
Biotin vitamin can strengthen nail growth; therefore it is often recommended for strengthening hair and nails. Consequently, it is found in many cosmetics and health products for the hair and skin.
A diet deficient in calcium inflicts to dry, brittle nails. Quite a number of vitamins and minerals have been proposed for the prevention of a dry brittle nail.
The nutrition for dry, brittle nails and hangnails through a diet rich in vitamin C, folic acid and omega-3 can be classified into four major elements:
the efficacy of the nutrition control and management procedures
the level of involvement of the people concerned
the guidelines and policies for nutrition control and management
and lastly, the control of potential dangers and hazards linked with the nutrition management.
For people with mild or intermittent brittle nails, a cosmetic moisturizer may be enough to keep the skin from feeling dry. Use a glass file or an emery board instead of a metal nail file. Also, make sure you file only in one direction. Therapeutic moisturizers, which have been shown to act as a barrier that keeps water from evaporating from the nails. Calcium-rich foods include all dairy foods, especially yogurt, dark green leafy vegetables, almonds, beans, and sardines.
Refrain from biting your nails. To help, kick this habit keep nails short, and paint them with a dark coloured polish. (Every-time you bite you'll be conscious of chipping the polish).
Nail polish remover. Using nail polish remover more than once a week, especially one containing acetone, can cause your nails to become dry.
Nails, should be neatly filed and shaped on a regular basis. For under the nail cleanliness use a nail brush and for smooth and shining nails use a nails buffer. Try a cuticle softener, for it might prove worthy.
MAY 19, 2009 update:
ADDITIONAL INFO: The medical causes of severe brittle nails may vary from:
Malnutrition, Raynaud's disease, low thyroid function ( hypothyroidism), lung conditions, skin diseases ( psoriasis, lichen planus, alopecia areata), endocrine disorders, tuberculosis, Sjogren's syndrome, or Selenium poisoning.
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