Cracked, chipped, and brittle nails: Words that are part of my vocabulary when I talk about my nails. I had always known that my nails were brittle and broke easily, but I thought that everyone else had the same problem as me. I never went to get a manicure, or pay attention to my nails at all. It wasn’t until I was in University that I started to notice that most of the people I encountered had strong, unchipped nails. I did a little bit of research, and then I realized that there were a couple reasons as to why I had brittle nails! Take a look below and see if any of these apply to you.
Do you have horizontal white lines that go across your nail? Does it occur in most or all of your nails? You may be lacking calcium in your diet, thin and brittle nails being the result of this. It’s a simple fix! Just include more dairy products within your diet such as milk, yogurt, or cheese. If you’re lactose intolerant, opt for other products that provide calcium such as lactose-free milk, almond milk, or soy milk!
Are your nails flat or slightly bent inwards? Are they thin, brittle, and lift easily? You may be iron deficient. It’s incredibly common for women to be iron deficient, with 20 percent of all women lacking iron. If you notice that you have this problem, you may want to go to your doctor to get a blood test done. They may give you iron pills if they find that your levels are low. Also, ensuring that your diet consists of iron rich foods such as liver, sunflower seeds, beef, and spinach will help combat this problem.
Vitamin Deficient Nails
If your nails have discoloration with dark blue/black vertical lines throughout the nails, this could be a serious problem. It may mean that you are lacking vitamin B and D, and that you should be making immediate changes to your diet. When your natural nail colour turns to a different colour, you are most likely lacking in essential vitamins. If this occurs, you may want to contact your doctor.
Texting and Typing
The problem may not be as detrimental as you think. Your nails may be damaged by constant texting and typing on your computer. Think about it: How many times do you use your phone or computer in a day? This could cause cracks and splits throughout your nails. If your nails aren’t capable of handling the pressure, you may want to keep them short and file them down. This way, you won’t have to deal with brittle nails!
Make sure to check on your nails regularly, because they can tell a lot about your health. You want to make sure that your nails are shiny and strong!