Our feet are the bottom most part of our body, and hence often miss out on important nutrients, leading to brittle toenails. Hence it is important to take good care of our feet and our toenails so that we can prevent the occurrence of brittle toenails.
Nails are made up of a myriad of naturally produced components like hyponychium, eopnychium, paronychium. The base of the nail contains lunula around the edges and in the nail folds. These are all dead components and the only living part of the nail lies in the matrix of the nail at the very base. This matrix is soft and can be hurt very easily, and hence the hard exterior protection of the nail plate is very important.
Toenails are very prone to dryness just like the rest of the body. When the toenails become dry, they become susceptible to all kinds of infections and allergic reactions, which causes them to get brittle with time. To deal with brittle toenails, it is important to first ensure that the toenails are adequately moisturized.
Your toenails need the right supply of vitamins and minerals to maintain the hard exterior plate. Make sure that your diet consists of high amounts of protein, minerals such as folic acid, vitamin C, pantothenic acid and biotin. These are the nutrients which are most important for maintaining proper nail health, and hence should be consumed in adequate amounts.
Fungal infection can lead to brittle toenails. Watch out for changes in color and sudden thickness in your toenails. A sudden yellowish or greenish tinge around the toenail, or a change in texture can also indicate a fungal infection. The change in texture is generally due to the keratin consumed by the fungus. An infected nail bed can cause the nail plate to separate from the nail bed.
Aging slows down the flow of sebum to the toenails, causing them to get brittle and soft. Somehow increasing the sebum flow to the toenails through diet can reduce the problem.
Brittle nails are the signs of inadequate supply of oxygen to the body, especially the feet. To deal with brittle toenails, you first need to increase the supply of oxygen to the body. Asthma is a very common condition which can lead to the inadequate supply of oxygen, and hence, give birth to it. Psoriasis can also indicate a decrease in the supply of oxygen. Symptoms of psoriasis mimic those of a fungal infection, so it is difficult to tell apart one from the other. Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can also lead to softened and brittle toenails, causing them to split up. Other health conditions that can give rise to it are dehydration, eczema and alopecia areata.
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