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Old 10-24-2007, 10:45 AM   #1
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Constant Nail Breakage and Peeling

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?

 
Old 10-24-2007, 06:00 PM   #2
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Re: Constant Nail Breakage and Peeling

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.

 
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Old 10-25-2007, 10:21 AM   #3
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Re: Constant Nail Breakage and Peeling

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?

 
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Re: Constant Nail Breakage and Peeling

It doesn't have to be high in protein, you just need to eat a balanced diet so you get your recommended daily amount of protein.

 
Old 10-27-2007, 07:23 PM   #5
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Re: Constant Nail Breakage and Peeling

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.

 
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