Friday, January 16, 2015

Dry, Brittle Nails that Snap Off!

Help! My nails are just snapping off! I went grocery shopping and came home with two broken nails. What's happening to my nails?
brittle broken nail
Your nails are probably dry and brittle from the dry winter air. Outside the air is dry with low humidity and inside the air is dry with low humidity from the heater. This lack of humidity will cause the nails and skin to become dehydrated.

You need to oil up! Use hand lotion and nail/cuticle oil on your nails several times a day to keep the nails moist and flexible. Oil creates a protective barrier against dry air.

Too much water exposure is the enemy for nails. It will make the nails flatten when wet then curl when dry causing the nails to become brittle. Wear waterproof gloves to protect your nails (and hands too!) from exposure to water when cleaning or doing dishes.

Wear warm winter gloves when you are outside.

Biotin is a key vitamin for healthy nail formation. Eat more foods containing biotin to help your body make strong healthy nails.

Foods that are a good source of Biotin (Vitamin B7 aka Vitamin H)

Nuts- Peanuts, peanut butter, walnuts, almonds, filberts, pecans, cashews
Brewers yeast and nutritional yeast
Whole grains, oats, wheat. brown rice
Swiss Chard
Carrots
Eggs
Dairy Products- Milk: cow and goat, cheese, yogurt
Berries- strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, black berries
Onions
Cucumbers
Cauliflower
Cabbage
Bananas
Papaya
Avocado
Sweet potatoes
Soybeans
Black eyes peas
Mushrooms
Sunflower seeds
Spinach

Click here to read about Hair, Skin and Nail Vitamins
Have a Beautiful Day!
xo
Jill




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