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How to have Strong Healthy Natural Nails and Promote Fingernail Growth

Updated on December 30, 2010

How to have Strong Healthy Natural Nails and Promote Fingernail Growth

How to obtain long, strong, healthy natural nails. Foods and tips that promote nail growth and nail strengthening. How to avoid fingernail funguses and properly care for nails. Tips and products to help stop nail bitting. Nail dryers and fingernail strengthening products and more.

About Nails

Nails are layers of keratin, a protein that's also found in our skin and hair, and are made up of six parts.

The nail plate is the hard, protective piece and the most visible part.

The skin around the nail plate is called the nail folds, and the nail bed is the skin underneath the nail plate.

The whitish crescent moon at the nail base, under the nail plate, is called the lunula.

The tissue overlapping the nail at the base is the cuticle.

Strong Healthy Natural Nails - Foods and Vitamins

1. Eat plenty of foods rich in iron.

Foods rich in iron help to improve nails that are rough, thin and split and break easily.

2. Eat foods rich in Zinc.

Zinc helps to improve brittle and slow growing nails.

Foods high in Zinc include, bananas, all-brand cereals, strawberries, and fish.

3. Eat plenty of protein.

Nails are made of protein so eating plenty of foods high in protein is essential to having strong nails.

Food high in protein include, fish, nuts, and dairy foods.

4. B complex helps even growth and helps with nail fungus problems. B vitamin is also known as the "beauty" vitamin.

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Nail Fungus

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Nail Fungus

1. Avoid nail polish removers that contain acetone or formaldehyde.

2. Eat a balanced diet

3. Avoid nail-biting or picking.

4. Bring your own instruments if you get frequent manicures.

5. File your nails in one direction and round the tip slightly, rather than filing to a point.

6. Keep your hands clean to help eliminate germs and prevent infection to the nail bed or cuticles.

7. Keep your nails dry and clean.

8. Use nail polish and hardeners to help strengthen nails. Apply a basecoat or ridge filler before applying the polish.

Stop Nail Biting!

Tips to stop nail biting....

1. Wear gloves.

2. Purchase a nail biting product.

3. Wear adhesive bandages.

4. Apply Tabasco sauce or lemon juice to your nails. Once you taste it you won't want to bite your nails.

5. Find a habit to take the place of nail biting

6. Distract your mouth...chew gum or suck on a piece of hard candy.

7. Keep the nails polished. This may want to make you leave them alone rather than chewing on nail polish.

8. Use a small stress ball and grip it every time you have the urge to chew on your nails.

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      JackCool 

      7 years ago

      Strong nails could be also infected by fungus. Why? Because fungus attacks anyone in this world..How do you get rid of yellow nails

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