Malnutrition, vitamin deficiency, lack of moisture and absence of nail care are some of the leading causes for cracked and brittle nails. Certain circulatory and respiratory problems can also make the nails crack easily. The other possible causes of this condition include prolonged exposure to harsh chemicals, such as dish wash cleaners. Gardening can also make your nails dirty and remove the protective barrier of your nails. Healing brittle nails is vital, because nails are considered a symbol of good health and hygiene. Follow the tips given in the article and learn how to heal brittle and cracked nails.
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Cures For Brittle & Cracked Nails
- Studies reveal that brittle nails are mainly the result of lack of moisture. Hydrating your body will prove beneficial for you, if you are concerned about healing cracked and brittle nails. Drink plenty of clear fluids, especially water, every day. At the same time, avoid sugary drinks, because the sugar content in them tends to make the nails more brittle and hinders the healing process as well.
- An effective way to heal brittle and cracked nails is to use vegetable oil. Dip a cotton swab in vegetable oil. Now, rub the soaked cotton swab on the top and underside of your finger and toe nails. Massage your nails gently, for about five minutes. If you do this three or four times a day, the much-needed moisture will be restored to the nails.
- For brittle and cracked nails, you can also make use of a solution made by combining one tbsp salt with one quart water. Dip your finger/toe nails in the solution, for about 30 minutes. Rinse your nails thereafter, with clean water. Dry your hands/toes. Repeat the process twice a day.
- Do not forget to apply a hand moisturizer after cleaning your house or washing dishes, rather every activity in which your fingernails are exposed to water for a long time. It applies to the toenails as well. Use a body moisturizer for the toes.
- Lack of calcium in your diet is one of the leading causes of brittle and cracked nails. So, it is advisable to include calcium-rich food in your diet, such as celery and broccoli. They can be eaten cooked, semi-cooked as well as raw. Another rich source of calcium is almond. Chew five to six almonds, (soaked in water overnight), every day.
- Biotin-containing foods, like peanuts, lentils, egg yolks, sardines, mushrooms, bananas, liver and cauliflower, can help heal your brittle and cracked nails. Another option is to consume biotin supplements.
- Another essential inclusion in your diet is vitamin. The nutrient is especially needed for healthy nails. So, include foods rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin B-12 and Vitamin C in your diet. With regular intake of nutritious food, you will be able to heal your brittle and cracked nails quickly.
- Although a filer can do wonders to your nails, by giving them proper shape, you should be very careful while using it, especially when your nails are too brittle.
- Apply a good quality hand moisturizer on your fingernails and massage them for about ten minutes, before going to bed. For the toenails, you may use a moisturizing body lotion. The product will keep the nails moist, thereby reducing the chances of dryness and brittleness.
- Do not abuse your nails by biting them or using them to open sharp containers. The problem of brittle and cracked nails will worsen by doing such things, as the cuticles will get worn out. Do not trim your nails deeply, as it may damage them and may even lead to infection.