4 tips to healthy nails

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It can feel great to show off a healthy and pretty set of nails. After all, they are the crowning glory of your fingers that are visible most of the times. The good news is – you don’t really have to run off to the salon to groom, shape or polish your nails – because you can do it at home. Here are some tips:

1. Clean your nails – gently

When you shower every day, scrub around and under the tips of your finger nails and toe nails with a clean nail brush. Get rid of the yellowish cellular debris on the nails with your loofah. Remember to clean your nail cleaning tools every day with soap!

After cleaning, dry your nails and apply an all natural cuticle cream to prevent hard skin from forming, keeping your nails shiny and healthy.

2. Feed your nails

Nail health is maintained by three important minerals and these are zinc, copper and silica – whose antioxidant properties can protect your nails from damage. They also support tissue growth and make your nails long and strong.

Good sources of copper are seafood, nuts, legumes, chocolate, bran cereals, fruits, vegetables, and blackstrap molasses. You may also like to supplement with 2-3 mg of copper per day.

You can get zinc by including these in your diet: wheat germ, oysters, pumpkin seeds, chicken, eggs, and fish. Zinc supplements up to 15 mg per day is recommended.

Silica is well known as a natural remedy for strong, healthy nails. Prevent dull and brittle nails through silica rich foods like sprouts, bell peppers, cucumbers, and potato skins. If you want to take a supplement – go for 25-50 mg per day.

3. A quick manicure

Choose a good quality nail cream with essential oils. Gently rub some on to your hands and nails, exfoliating and hydrating them. Don’t forget your feet.

4. Polish your nails

The last step is to apply a coat of your favorite color. Start with a clear base coat then two thin coats of color and then a top clear coat that will protect your nails.

If you follow the above regimen, you too can enjoy healthy nails!

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Vidya Sury

I am a happy Mom, Freelance Writer, Business and Health Blogger and Social Media Explorer. I love Coffee, DIY, Music, Photography, Cooking, Family, Friends and Life. (Yes, I saved the best for last!) I believe that Happiness is a DIY Project. I also blog at Vidya Sury,Going A-Musing and Coffee With Mi I tweet as @vidyasury


  1. Kendy

    March 2, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Good Content.

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  2. Gel-Nails

    March 23, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Interesting content.

    Just wanted to share some information that may help busy professionals caught up with work and who have less time to maintain their nails. You can try out gel nails which are now becoming a hot favorite as they are natural looking even without nail tips and the best way for nail enhancement. Also, if you are allergic to those strong smelling chemicals which you can experience with acrylic nails, then you should use gel nails as these are odorless.

    However, when you are planning on gel nail application, make sure you approach a nail salon or a nail artist who is well versed with gel nails and is properly trained and mastered in gel applications. This will save you from problems that can arise with improper gel nail applications.

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