Finger Nail Health: How To Strengthen Them

Finger nail health will keep you from suffering from some painful tissue conditions. Get those long nails you've always wanted, it isn't too difficult if you take some simple precautions.

Long fingernails have been the envy of women for ages and research is still being done today to find a way to create the perfect nail tonic that will turn dry, cracked and brittle nails into long, strong beauties in two weeks or less. As of right now, there are no real miracle applications to make this happen or we'd all be running around with three inch nails asking the guys to pick things up for us and open our soda cans. There are, however, a few ways you can build up the strength of your nails, get them to grow a bit and maybe keep them from splitting or breaking so easily.

One of the natural enemies of fingernails is water. Water softens up the fingernails and makes them prime target for disaster. Couple water with a vigorous activity such as cleaning, scrubbing, scraping, washing dishes, doing laundry, etc. and you may as well kiss your nails goodbye. When you clean, wear rubber gloves no matter what. Even if your task will only take a minute or two, don those gloves. Rubber gloves keep your nails dry and they also protect them from activities that normally cause nail breakage, like taking wet laundry from the washing machine.

At night, you can condition your nails while you sleep. Get some white cotton gloves and before you go to bed, slather on a generous amount of hand cream and put the gloves on over it. This well help condition your nails to make them more flexible and as an added bonus, your hands will be baby soft!

What you put inside your body can be just as important as what you do to the outside of it. If you want to have good strong nails, you have to be sure you are getting good nutrition. Calcium is a necessary nutrient for strong fingernails and you need plenty of vitamin D to help your body absorb it. When women are pregnant the often find their nails growing better than ever before, this is because of the body's increased ability to absorb nutrients during this time.

Finally, never bite your nails and do not use them as tools. Nails can be great for picking off stickers, etc. but if you use them like letter openers they are going to disappear faster than you can grow them.

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