9. Blackstrap Molasses
A lack of iron in the body can make your nails weak and brittle. Blackstrap molasses is a good source of iron. It contains several nutrients that benefit your overall health.
- Mix one tablespoon of blackstrap molasses in a cup of hot water or milk.
- Drink this once or twice daily for a few weeks.
Note: This remedy is not recommended for those who are diabetic.
10. Biotin Supplement
Biotin is very important for strong and healthy nails. It can be very effective in treating splitting, thin or brittle nails.
A study done in Switzerland and published in the journal Cutis found that people with brittle nails had a 25 percent increase in nail plate thickness after taking 2.5 mg of biotin daily for up to six months.
- Take a biotin supplement daily to strengthen your weak nails. Consult your doctor for the correct dosage.
- Also include biotin-rich foods like egg yolks, whole grains, cereals, cauliflower, soybeans, fish, milk, lentils, and bananas in your daily diet.
- Wear plastic gloves to protect your hands and nails from exposure to water or chemicals. If you can’t wear gloves, keep your nails short to minimize the surface area where water and chemicals can be absorbed.
- Rub petroleum jelly or a thick cream onto your nails several times a day to hold moisture around and under your nails.
- Avoid using nail lacquers, polishes or adhesives that have harsh chemicals like acetone or formaldehyde.
- If you have weak and brittle nails, avoid using artificial nails as they can lead to nail fungus.
- Steer clear of alcohol-based hand sanitizers as they can make your nails dry.
- Do not cut away the cuticles. You can push them back to avoid infection. Use cuticle oil or cream to avoid dry skin and hangnails.
- When choosing nail polish, opt for fortified polishes.
- Take a break from wearing nail polish occasionally to allow your nails to be exposed to natural air.
- Keep an eye out for signs of fungal infections, so that the problem can be treated quickly.
- Follow a healthy diet and drink adequate water throughout the day to avoid dehydration.
- Expose you nails to natural sunlight for a few minutes daily to nourish them with vitamin D.