Are your nails too brittle to the point that they break easily?
Before we discuss how to have stronger fingernails, let us first uncover the most probable reasons why it is brittle.
“Nails often reflect our general state of health. Changes in the nail, such as discoloration or thickening, can signal health problems, including liver and kidney diseases, heart and lung conditions, anemia and diabetes,” reads the American Academy of Dermatology’s literature on the subject. “Symptoms that could signal nail problems include changes in color, shape, and/or thickness, swelling of the skin around the nails, bleeding or discharge, and pain.”
Lifestyle factors — like water exposure and prolonged, non-stop nail polish use — are easy enough to alter. If those have been ruled out — or if brittle nails are one of a constellation of symptoms — it’s important to see a doctor for testing. But what kind? According to the American Academy of Dermatology, dermatologists are the appropriate specialists to see with nail complaints, as about 10 percent of dermatological complaints are nail problems. Conditions we more often associate with skin, like psoriasis, can also cause brittle nails.
(From Meredith Melnick’s post on Huffingtonpost.com )
No worries, though. There are some natural ways to prevent your nails from breaking easily. Here’s a DIY nail soak recipe you can try to strengthen your fingernails.
DIY Nail Soak
- 1/4 cup orange juice (preferably freshly squeezed)
- 1 clove chopped garlic
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- In a bowl, mix orange juice with the garlic and soak your nails for about 15 minutes.
- Then, rinse your hands and soak them for 15 minutes in olive oil.
- Do this 2-3 times a week, and within 2 weeks you’ll already notice a difference.
- Your nails should be much stronger and they’ll also start to grow!
Why This Works:
Orange juice is full of antioxidants and vitamins which promote nail growth. Orange juice, since it is acidic, also helps to exfoliate the nail beds and soften cuticles.
Garlic is high in selenium. If your body lacks selenium, you’ll know as you’ll have weak, brittle nails. Garlic also has tons of antibacterial and anti fungal properties which is beneficial for nail growth.
Olive oil is an amazing moisturizer, able to penetrate deeply into skin. Because of this, it also helps to soften the cuticles and adds strength to the nail to prevent breakage.