Updated: Apr 4
If your fingernails are brittle, you may become quite frustrated with them...am I right?
What Are Some Common Causes of Brittle Nails?
Lack of moisture
One of the most common reasons that someone’s nails become brittle and easily broken or torn is that there is not enough moisture to support healthier nails. This is something that is not always easily remedied by simply drinking water. The person who has difficult nails has to make a point of drinking more water every day, avoiding caffeine, and considering if their home or work environment is too hot and dry. All of these things contribute to inadequate nail moisture.
There are many people who do not consume enough protein in the daily diet, and many of them also have nails that are weak or brittle. This leads some to suspect it is the lack of protein, but others are convinced that it has a lot to do with the total diet instead. Vitamins and nutrients must be in an abundant amount if they are to support hair, skin, and nails.
There are also many people with brittle nails due entirely to exposure to extremes of heat or water. For example, the cells of the fingernails will expand and contract when wet or dry. When your hands go from wet to dry on a constant basis, the cells in the nails will tend to be destroyed by all of the expansion and contraction.
Low thyroid production
This can bring on brittle nails. Your body won’t produce a sufficient amount of proper thyroid hormones and this can cause weak nails, among other things. If your thyroid is not as active as it should be, you will often see ridges in the nails. Soft nail beds may result, along with the disappearance or lightening of the nail base, which is usually white and crescent-shaped.
Intolerance for gluten
This occurs when your autoimmune system negatively reacts to protein that is found in rye, barley, wheat and some types of oats. The protein is not digested and one of the results is brittle fingernails. If you eliminate gluten for a month or two, you should be able to tell if that is the problem with your nails.
Vitamin and iron deficiencies
This can cause your nails to become brittle. You may also have dry fingernails if you are deficient in vitamins C, B, E or D.
Don’t take in enough protein
This affects the fibres of your fingernails. Keratin is the protein found in your nails and if you don’t consume enough protein, you may notice nails that break more easily than they should.
Brittle Nail Treatments
So, there are three very clear reasons that your nails will become brittle, begin to flake and peel, and to break with ease. Here are some simple brittle nails treatments to remedy this issue. These include:
Whether taken orally or applied like a nail polish, the use of vitamins to help nurture the skin and nails is a very good treatment. The blends best for nails are those that contain multiple nutrients, so go for the “multivitamins” for the best results.
Moisturisers & Cuticle Oils for Nails
These are usually meant for the skin of the hands or the body, but they also work wonders for the nails. You can even find “super” moisturising creams to apply to the nails directly as well.
Skip the polish
If you are someone who frequents salons or does not like to have bare fingernails, you could be weakening them and leading to your brittle nail condition. Instead of applying nail colour, removing it with harsh chemicals, and applying a new layer – go natural and allow your nails to repair themselves.
I hope this has helped xxx