Top 8 Home Remedies to Maintain Strong Nails

Top 8 Home Remedies to Maintain Strong Nails

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 10 May 2016 - 14:58


Do your nails look unattractive and unhealthy? Some people suffer from unhealthy nails which are brittle or discolored or irregular. Such nails can be a sign of various health conditions like kidney disease or hypothyroidism or lack of nutrients.

Nails are composed of laminated layers of a protein called keratin. Healthy nails are free of discoloration, spots and are uniform in color. Dr Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in the department of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City says, "A nutritious diet promotes healthy nails and hair too. Since both hair and nails are made of keratin, through a similar process in the body, it's thought that nutrients that help one can also help the other.

 A closer look at the causes of brittle nails and remedies to address them may help you maintain healthy nails.

 Causes for brittle nails:

  • Lack of nutrition
  • Long-term exposure to nail polish or moisture
  • Fungal, yeast or bacterial infection may cause a change in nail color, shape and texture. Severe infections may also cause nail loss.
  • Liver and kidney diseases can cause a build-up of nitrogen waste products in the blood, leading to damaged nails.
  • Thyroid disorders may cause splitting of the nail bed from the nail plate or may cause brittle nails
  • Certain antibiotics cause lifting of the nail from the nail bed.
  • Normal aging affects the growth and development of the nail
  • Lack of proper nail care
  • Cleaning dishes every day with chemical-based dishwashing agents, without gloves

Tips to maintain strong nails ( Nails Journal):

  • Always apply sunscreen lotion whenever you are exposed to sun rays, as a means to maintain strong nails
  • Apply hand moisturizing cream to help your nails prevent from dryness.
  • Healthy diet (essential vitamins and proteins) helps grow and maintain nails
  • Massage the cuticles.
  • Manicuring helps in maintaining healthy nails
  • Avoid biting nails
  • Keep your nails hydrated. Rub a bit of vaseline or moisturizer with Vitamin E on your cuticles before you hit the bed.
  • Avoid filing your nails right after you shower as they are more likely to break.
  • Avoid using nails as a tool to pry open the back of a cell phone case.
  • Avoid constant dampness of hands.

Top 8 home remedies to maintain strong nails:-

  • Flaxseeds: Flaxseeds has omega-3 fatty acids and micronutrients such as magnesium, lecithin, potassium, protein, zinc and B vitamins that make your nails stronger. All these micronutrients are essential for healthy nails. You can either rub flaxseed oil on your nails or incorporate them in your diet. Just two tablespoons of ground flaxseed to your smoothies can do the trick.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar has several essential nutrients like calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium that boost strong nails. Moreover it has acidic nature that prevents nail fungus. Mix apple cider vinegar and water in a bowl and soak your nails in the bowl for about 10 minutes once a day for couple of weeks. Alternatively you can also mix 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in water and take it internally three times a day for best results.
  • Blueberries:  Erin Palinski, RD, author of Belly Fat Diet for Dummies says, “Antioxidants help protect your body's cells against free radical damage. This damage increases stress hormones and inflammation, which impacts all cells in the body, including those in the hair and nails." Blueberries ranks first among fruits and green leafy vegetables for strong nails, due to its highest antioxidant content.
  • Almonds:  Besides being a good source of protein, almonds are packed with magnesium, which helps maintain healthy nails. Vertical ridges in your nails may indicate lack of magnesium. Apart from almonds, you can also get more magnesium through soybeans and leafy greens.
  • Include Biotin:  Biotin also called vitamin H may help some people with brittle nails. A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology showed that biotin increased the nail thickness and reduced splitting in few individuals with brittle nails. Dr. Kleinsmith, a dermatologist says biotin has been shown to be effective in strengthening and growth of nails.
  • Salmon: Salmon has nail-strengthening nutrients. It is a good source of vitamin B12, a deficiency which can lead to darkened nails, excessive nail dryness and overly curved nail ends. Salmon not only helps keep the skin smooth but also helps you grow strong nails. The Food and Drug administration (FDA) suggest consuming salmon and fish two times per week and not more.
  • Eggs: Eggs deliver plenty of protein, which is very important for strong fingernails. It is also packed with a slew of nutrients such as Vitamin A, E, B12, biotin and iron, which has been scientifically shown to increase the thickness of fingernail and decrease splitting and brittleness.
  • Green tea: Green tea is a rich source of antioxidant that helps in making your nails healthy and strong. It helps prevent brittle nails as well as strengthens them. Brew a cup of green tea and let it cool. Soak your nails for about 15 minutes twice a week for best results.



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