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Secrets To Growing Healthy Nails

Are your nails brittle, discolored or not growing in the manner they should? If so, you should work on getting your nails back to a healthy state once again. Allowing them to go without the nutrients and care they require will only make the problem grow worse. Over time, they may break or crack, which can lead to infections and a world of other problems. Thankfully, however, growing healthy nails is a simple and straightforward task that anyone can follow; here's how you do it:

One of the most common causes of brittle nail is a poor diet lacking in essential nutrients. If you went around and surveys 100 people suffering from brittle nails, you would probably discover that the majority of them didn't eat a healthy diet. If you take the easy way out by picking up fast food for dinner every other night, then your body isn't getting the nutrients it needs for healthy growth and development. Try to kick this habit by planning out your weekly meals ahead of time.

So, just what types of diet changes should you make to improve the health of your nails? A healthy daily diet should consist of protein (roughly 1 gram for each pound of your weight), high fiber, fruits and plenty of vegetables. Iron is an essential vitamin that plays a key role in the development of nails. Unfortunately, most people suffering from iron deficiencies don't realize they aren't getting enough of the vitamin until it's affected their nails and other parts of their body. The bottom line is that you need to make sure you are consuming at least 18 milligrams of iron each day.

Another cause of brittle nails is extreme dryness. Most people are well aware of the importance of washing their hands. After all, germs are most commonly spread from one person to another through the hands, so washing them will help reduce the likelihood of catching an illness. But frequent washing with soap and warm water will also dry your nails and hands out, which can then lead to brittle nails. There's absolutely nothing wrong with washing your hands multiple times per day, but you should limit the amount of time you hold them under the warm water to prevent them from drying out.

Nail discoloration along with weakness is oftentimes a sign of a fungal infection. Most drug stores offer over-the-counter treatments for fungal infections such as these. Since fungi prefers moist conditions, you'll want to keep your nails and hands as dry as possible until the problem is fixed.

Using a premium moisturizing hand cream each day will also reduce the chance of your nails becoming brittle or damaged. Don't just use any hand cream, though, but instead look for one with all-natural ingredients like pure cane sugar, willow bark extract and special-formulated butters. Ingredients such as these have proven to have a dramatic effect on the appearance and overall health of nails. As a side benefit, you'll also notice smoother hands when this cream is applied on a daily basis.