I know my diet is not healthy, but the one thing I don't skimp on is calcium. In addition to consuming milk and yogurt every day I take a multi-vitamin and a calcium supplement. However, my nails have done nothing but break and peel for the last several months. I keep them polished and filed. Is there something I can do to facilitate growth?
Take the polish off and leave it off - constantly wearing polish can dry out the nails, leaving them prone to cracking and breaking especially if the polish contains more than 2% formaldehyde, such as with nail strengtheners.
Calcium will certainly help your teeth and bones but will do nothing for your fingernails since they are comprosed of PROTEIN. Eating a healthy diet is imperative to good nails, skin and hair. Forget the fast food and opt for a balanced diet - you will notice a huge difference in your skin, hair, nails and weight.
To rehydrate dried out nails, get a bottle of Botanical Oil from the nail department of Sally Beauty Supply. Apply a small amount twice a day and massage into the nails and the cuticles.
Thanks Marti. So the old calcium-fingernail connection is an old wives tale? Would a diet high in protein strengthen nails? I've seen supplements in the vitamin aisle that are supposed to support nail growth. Is this true, or just another scam?
I agree with Marti about the nail polish. I only polish my fingernails on special occasions and I take it off immediately after the event. When I've left it on in the past, my nails thin, crack and break.