Fingernails become weak and break for a number of reasons; from washing your hands constantly, exposure to chemicals and even tapping too hard on your keyboard or smartphone. But thankfully there are a number of very simple ways to prevent them snapping off and to get strong, long nails.
If your nails are very weak, it’s important to keep having regular manicures, around two a month, as well as carrying a good quality cuticle oil and nail file everywhere you go.
The manicures and oil will help nourish your nails, whilst regular filing to keep nails quite short will reduce the risk of them snapping and encourage growth.
Diet can also play an important role in nail health. Eating plenty of protein, whether from meat, seafood, eggs, nuts, wholegrains or soybeans, is key to aiding the development and growth of not only nails but also hair and skin. Protein is broken down into amino acids in the body which are essential for tissue repair and the construction of new tissue, including nails.
Omega-3 fatty acids help to moisturise hair, skin and nails, as well as reducing inflammation within your nails which prevents growth. Foods such as spinach, walnuts and flaxseeds are rich in omega-3. Chop up some walnuts and add some flaxseeds to your morning porridge or add spinach and walnuts to your lunchtime salad.
In order to ensure your body absorbs as much of the good stuff from the omega-3, biotin is vital. Eat plenty of bananas, lentils and cauliflower which are all good sources of biotin.
About the Expert: Rachael Collins, Business Development Manager at The Well Urban Day Spa
Over the last 10 years Rachael has worked in the well-being industry in the Middle East, Australia and the UK. She has worked with top plastic surgeons, doctors, and managed leading clinics across the globe, as well as working in sales and education for many leading cosmeceutical skincare brands. Her knowledge and passion extends to discovering new innovative products and treatments that will promote well-being from the inside out.
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