View Full Version : How to treat brittle, thin nails?
02-25-2008, 04:27 PM
My nails are terrible. I don't bite them, but they split and break off and it is now hurting to wash my hair in the AM.
Please help!~ :-)
02-26-2008, 02:51 AM
MSM is good for nails. You can take it internally in powder or capsule form. It is also good for your hair.
Do you use any nail products like polish or remover? If so, stop immediately. All the alcohol in those extremely dry out the nails. Long time ago, I used to wear fake nails and my nails underneath were all thin and brittle. After I stop using any nail products, they started growing in super thick and fast. No more nail problems.
Another thing you can do is to get the circulation going into your hands so nutrients reach your nails. Use some coconut oil and massage your nails and cuticles with it.
Silica is also good for nails so start eating those cucumber skins!.
02-26-2008, 02:59 AM
RAW has worked for me..........
02-29-2008, 08:13 PM
I'm really glad to see this discussion! I have always had thin, weak easily splitting nails, and in the 14 mos. I've been very high raw, they've gooten worse. Ugly!! I've been using Burt's Bees cuticle cream when I remember, which at least keeps them a little lubricated, but maybe I'll try some MSM. 'Any thing else out there for this annoyance??
02-29-2008, 09:12 PM
anything someone can help to suggest stop biting my nails. i know this is a bad habit, (it runs in my family, both my brothers) but i know also that this has to due with the fact that i quit smoking about a year ago or so, but i still haven't gotten over the nail biting. i never did it when i was a smoker, but now do. my nails used to be really crappy, thin, chip, split, etc when i wasn't raw. now that i am raw for a bout a few months now they are definitely thicker and stronger, but i can't stop biting them. if anyone has any suggestions to stop this habit, i'm all ears. oh and i already do add msm and i think that has helped with their strength, just not the bad habit. thanks for any info.
02-29-2008, 09:43 PM
i've always bitten my nails as a habit. the only time i don't' is when i have nail polish on... but then i inevitably start biting again and swallow some polish. i think it's mainly a habit for me since i've bitten them since i was a kid. But i have heard that biting your nails is stemmed from your body wanting more calcium so you naturally start biting your nails to get the calcium your body is craving. i've heard this a few times throughout the raw world in seminars and random events.... but still don't know the exact science that backs it up.
like i said, i only bite my nails out of a 15 year habit and do it when i'm bored or worried. the only way they've ever grown out is when i've constantly put polish on them or when i've been to busy to sit down and watch a movie and bite them.
so if anyone has kicked the habit and has any advice to share i'd love to hear what you have to say as well! :)
02-29-2008, 10:20 PM
yea, my habit has only started since quitting smoking. i do notice i mostly do it when bored or stressed and upset about something. i do try to distract myself, but that only last a few minutes. i don't have polish and don't really want to use polish, cause well its poison and it hasn't stopped me in the past. so i'm looking for something else. i think for me, like i said, is from quitting smoking. i'm hoping someone can pop in and give some ideas on how to break the habit. you would think that seeing how i was able to break not only the habit and addiction to smoking that i could break this, but unfortunately i can't seem to do that. i guess it could be a worse habit, but stil i'd rather not do it at all.
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