During perimenopause and menopause Estrogen plays a major role in body water retention and regulation. Fluctuations in estrogen along with dehydration can lead to brittle nails. The most important cause of weak or brittle nails is dehydration or lack of moisture in the body.
Today while in the nail salon, the topic was brittle nails. Many women discuss other menopausal symptoms and signs but brittle nails are not one of them, nor is it noted to be one of the most common. I have found that many women often speak of nails that won’t grow, constantly break, split, chip, curl at ends, have ridges, have change in color and are brittle. While many women have encountered the problem before, they do not recognize the sign.
Here are some ways to keep nails strong:
*Hydration: One of the simplest ways to treat brittle nails. Hydration is key. Keeping hydrated will also help other menopausal symptoms. Try to avoid processed foods as they have a high level of sodium decreasing the appropriate level of hydration for the skin, hair and nails. Avoid caffeine and nicotine as well. Women should drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day. If you don’t like water, try squeezing lime or some lemon into it.
*Diet: Perimenopausal and menopausal women who eat foods rich in Vitamin H, B, B12 and C can reduce the incidence of brittle nails. Foods such as green leafy vegetables have Biotin which is not only healthy for nails but hair as well. Cauliflower and soy products build collagen for healthy nail beds and nails. You may want take dietary supplements such as Vitamin B6, C, A, Zinc or Biotin. I have been taking Biotin for many years and have found it to be extremely helpful for healthy, beautiful and strong nails.
*Moisturize: Moisturize your hands and cuticles using a good grade moisturizer. Massage s small amount around your cuticle and nails several times a day.
*You can also soak you fingernails in warm olive oil once a day.
*Moisturize your hands at night and wear white cotton gloves to sleep to keep moisture in.
*Chemical use: Wear gloves when using chemical or harsh abrasives while cleaning. Do not use nail polish remover that contains formaldehyde and acetone as they are drying.
*Wear gloves when washing dishes and do not soak your hands in water too long. Likewise, too little water, and too much dry air is also drying. Balance is key.
At first you may want to keep your nails short however, before cutting them off to stubs and unattractive nails, hydrate and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Perimenopause and menopause symptoms and signs can be reduced and relieved. A women’s body is preparing for her new role and lifestyle. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
Until next time, Be empowered, Stay motivated, Be connected … AnnaMaria
About the author: AnnaMaria is a 49 year old single mother of two. She has had the privilege of assisting many perimenopausal, menopausal and post menopausal woman transform their lives not only physically but emotionally. It is with compassion and understanding as she journeys through the phase of menopause to share her experiences and knowledge with all women. Her goal is to empower women to know that age doesn’t matter and to know that they deserve to look and feel their best.
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