Today we are answering: why are my nails soft and bendy?
The various body parts can indicate that our health is not in good condition, which includes even our fingernails. It is sometimes frustrating to find out that your nails keep bending and breaking regardless of their length.
You cannot keep them at any length or growth because they will end up breaking. However, this is one way your body is informing you about your health, and with the nails, it uses the color, texture, and other qualities that make them imperfect.
Soft and bending nails sign that you are having poor digestion or lack essential nutrients, says Dr. Sara Norris, a naturopathic doctor. Therefore it is important to be keen and careful of any change in our bodies suggesting other health issues.
Below are some of the reasons why your nails could be soft and bendy, plus how to fix that.
Why are my nails soft and bending?
Exposure to chemicals and moisture
Overexposure to moisture and chemicals results in soft and fragile nails. Such fingernails rarely grow above the fingertips.
You might be asking yourself where you get the chemicals and moisture from. Some products we use, like nail polish, detergents, and nail treatment, have chemicals that impact nails negatively. Also, being in contact with water from activities such as washing almost all the time results in bending and breaking the nails.
You realize that when you touch water, your nails somehow swell but go back to the normal size upon drying. The continued process of swelling and shrinking of the nail makes them fragile.
If you see other symptoms like muscles twitching, constipation, depression together with such nails, you can suspect the presence of anemia.
Solutions to weak, bending fingernails
- Wear vinyl gloves while washing.
- Use baby powder in your gloves or have a pair of cotton inserts under the gloves.
- Use moisturizer after washing.
In conclusion, soft and bendy nails indicate a lack of essential nutrients in the body including calcium, and vitamins B.
You can consult with your doctor and see if you need supplements or a change in diet. However, changes such as yellowing or spotting of the fingernails require immediate attention of a physician.