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Tuesday Tip # 12: Brittle Nails

Are your nails rough, chip easily, dry? Or do you have ridges?

In Ayurveda, our excretions provide us with a view into the health of our 7 core tissues. Nails are a by-product of asthi dhatu or our bones. If nails are brittle or have ridges this can indicate malabsorption of calcium, magnesium and zinc.

Here’s 5 tips on how to bring your nails back to good health.


#1. Take a food-based  supplement of calcium, magnesium and zinc and do tip #2 too.

#2. Cleanse the colon.  If you eat a fairly healthy diet or are taking a supplement but still have brittle nails, this could be an indication of malabsorption. Malabsorption is likely due to ama or toxins in the colon. Triphala is a good tri-doshic herb that can help to gradually remove toxins from the colon.

#3. Eat a handful of sesame seeds a day—this is a good thing especially when the temperature drops as sesame seeds are warming. They are also rich in both calcium and magnesium as well as all those great omegas!

#4. Exercise. Physical activity helps with circulation and carrying minerals to the tissues. As the tissues, like bone, become stronger so will your nails.

#5. If you have tried all of the above and continue to have brittle nails, it might be wise to investigate the possibility of osteoporosis with your physician.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article intend to highlight alternative studies and induce conversation. The information is not intended for use in the medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease, even if and to the extent that this article features the advice of physicians and medical practitioners. please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.


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