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  • Brittle fingernails?

    This is weird, I've always had strong fingernails, but recently every time I turn around I break one, tear it, or hit something that makes a big snaggy dent that has to be dealt with.

    I've been primal for a year and a half now, as far as I can think, nothing much changed.

    Any ideas??
    Best--
    Kate

    Still Craving Pterodactyl--my Primal Blueprint blog

    70 is the new 50--without the hot flashes!

    Goals: Feel good, be stronger, and hopefully kick that arthritis in the backside! Oh, yeah, and losing more weight would be okay, too.

  • #2
    I noticed this is happening to me a lot more as of late...and I'm wondering if it's all part and parcel of some other weird health troubles I've been trying to get to the bottom of lately (the most bothersome of which is full-body edema).

    Unfortunately, I don't have any advice, but I will keep an eye on this thread to see what others have to say...

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    • #3
      Unlikely if you are eating close to a standard Primal diet and getting lots of egg yolks and liver, but possibly biotin defeciency:

      Biotin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

      It wouldn't hurt to try a supplement. Biotin is very cheap if I remember correctly. Or if you're more inclined to remedy through diet, try adding some liver to your diet for a few weeks and see if it helps.

      My nails used to chip all the time. Like I could peel off the top-most layer down a good few centimeters. But I cannot remember the last time it has happend (been eating Primal for ~4 years now I guess).

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      • #4
        Bone broth should fix it. Are you already making it and consuming on a regular basis?
        Crohn's, doing SCD

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        • #5
          Thanks for the reminder about the bone broth! I haven't made any in months. Unfortunately I don't really eat liver, either, but I do plan to try again...maybe that will fix it! Other than my arthritis, I mostly feel really good, so this kind of came out of left field. The only thing I'm really doing differently is taking turmeric for the arthritis and eating more cinnamon, mostly for the same reason as well as other benefits...
          Best--
          Kate

          Still Craving Pterodactyl--my Primal Blueprint blog

          70 is the new 50--without the hot flashes!

          Goals: Feel good, be stronger, and hopefully kick that arthritis in the backside! Oh, yeah, and losing more weight would be okay, too.

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          • #6
            A little silica may help. It's also in diatomateous earth. And bone broth is always good.
            "When the search for truth is confused with political advocacy, the pursuit of knowledge is reduced to the quest for power." - Alston Chase

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            • #7
              I find that this happens to me in winter a lot. I start taking vitamin D now when this happens, it seems to make it go away. Just my experience, but if you aren't getting much sun, maybe you could give it a try.
              "...You sort of start thinking anything's possible if you've got enough nerve. -Ginny

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              • #8
                Yep, I take a couple of D3 a day. Thanks for the thought!

                Originally posted by eig View Post
                I find that this happens to me in winter a lot. I start taking vitamin D now when this happens, it seems to make it go away. Just my experience, but if you aren't getting much sun, maybe you could give it a try.
                Best--
                Kate

                Still Craving Pterodactyl--my Primal Blueprint blog

                70 is the new 50--without the hot flashes!

                Goals: Feel good, be stronger, and hopefully kick that arthritis in the backside! Oh, yeah, and losing more weight would be okay, too.

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                • #9
                  Mine were thin and brittle too.

                  But now I take ~3000 IUs of Vitamin D, cloud or shine, winter or summer, and my nails are super strong.

                  It also helped with other things like hair quality, joint pain, energy... etc.

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                  • #10
                    I remembered that I used to buff my nails, too, which of course increases circulation, and FWIW, no breakage since. I don't THINK it would have worked that quickly given how slowly nails grow, but still...
                    Best--
                    Kate

                    Still Craving Pterodactyl--my Primal Blueprint blog

                    70 is the new 50--without the hot flashes!

                    Goals: Feel good, be stronger, and hopefully kick that arthritis in the backside! Oh, yeah, and losing more weight would be okay, too.

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                    • #11
                      To those who have weakened nails, have you ever experienced or are experiencing the following in combination with weakened nails:

                      -pale nails
                      -blurry vision
                      -see floaters, or other visual obstructions (spots, flashes, squiggly/wavy lines)
                      -dizziness
                      -low b.p.
                      -low body temperature
                      -scanty menstruation or no period at all
                      -pale face, pale lips, pale tongue
                      -emotional (irritable, angry, frustrated)

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                      • #12
                        Definitely second the bone broth. We started WAPF then Primal because two of my then-three year old's teeth were black & dying. I can now literally chart how much broth she's had by the colour of those two teeth: not enough, they turn black; some, they're brown; a good four bowls a week and I kid not they start turning creamy white. The change can happen as quickly as as four days, so thinner, exposed to the winter elements nails would definitely show signs I imagine.

                        On the slight off chance it's something more, I'm looking into hypothyroid right now & brittle nails come under a lot of hormone-related problems. Worth thinking about any other seemingly random symptoms that might indicate a wider problem.

                        ETA: StephenHLi, we cross-posted. But yes, yes & yes to every symptom! I don't want to hijack the OPs thread, but could you explain a little more please?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Sophaholic View Post
                          Definitely second the bone broth. We started WAPF then Primal because two of my then-three year old's teeth were black & dying. I can now literally chart how much broth she's had by the colour of those two teeth: not enough, they turn black; some, they're brown; a good four bowls a week and I kid not they start turning creamy white. The change can happen as quickly as as four days, so thinner, exposed to the winter elements nails would definitely show signs I imagine.

                          On the slight off chance it's something more, I'm looking into hypothyroid right now & brittle nails come under a lot of hormone-related problems. Worth thinking about any other seemingly random symptoms that might indicate a wider problem.

                          ETA: StephenHLi, we cross-posted. But yes, yes & yes to every symptom! I don't want to hijack the OPs thread, but could you explain a little more please?
                          Weird, didn't realize two threads haha.....thought was in twilight zone.

                          Anyway,

                          Your responses match mostly with the pattern of an underlying "anemia" - a type of blood lacking or reaching/circulating (low B.P. & low body temp) to nourish not only your nails (pale, brittle), but also your eyes (blurry vision), face (pale) etc.

                          This type of "anemia" most likely will not show up on blood tests, it falls more in line with sub-clinical symptoms. If the conventional lab tests do show anemia then the progression of the condition has already grown in severe fashion.

                          I would recommend increasing red meat consumption from a safe, quality source. Also eat more liver. I would recommend adding a B-Complex with possible additional B-12 supplement, if already taking these, you may need to adjust the ratios or dosage. I would recommend ingesting more amounts of bone marrow. If you are very brave or crazy enough, try eating some placenta (not joking) for nutrient boost. Up to the individual how far one is willing to go to achieve their health targets.

                          If unwilling to try some of the above, some more classical food wise approaches are:

                          Improve Circulation

                          Daikon radish (personal favorite)
                          Leeks
                          Red Wine
                          Peaches
                          Eggplant
                          Adzuki Beans
                          Spices: garlic, onions, scallions, turmeric, cayenne, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg

                          Improve Blood Lacking

                          Dragon's eye fruit (personal favorite): Lychee or Longan
                          Squash
                          Mushrooms
                          Asparagus
                          Swish Chard
                          Bamboo
                          Pumpkin
                          Sweet Potato

                          The increase in emotional response is trying to tell you something, that the spirit is off balanced and needs your attention.

                          Generally a stressful event or the build up of multiple stressors are usually key triggers to throw the emotions off balance.

                          Suggestions: mediation, yoga, deep breathing exercises, laughing

                          Sometimes the simple methods are the best healers. We do not always need to be so tech savy or innovative when it comes to personal healing. Eating food can heal, breathing correctly can heal, laughing can heal.

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                          • #14
                            Thanks for all the information, that's very interesting. We eat nothing from that list except for garlic, squash & the occasional sweet potato. Budget & lack of choice in the UK are the main constraints (admittedly because I shop online - taking a two & four year old food shopping multiplies my stress ten-fold!). I'll try & fit more of those things in. Especially lychees...gorgeous!

                            Sorry OP, back to you,

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                            • #15
                              I've had floaters since my 20s (I'm ancient, now! LONG past periods.) so don't think that applies. The other things you mention, not really. What would that indicate?

                              Originally posted by StephenHLi View Post
                              To those who have weakened nails, have you ever experienced or are experiencing the following in combination with weakened nails:

                              -pale nails
                              -blurry vision
                              -see floaters, or other visual obstructions (spots, flashes, squiggly/wavy lines)
                              -dizziness
                              -low b.p.
                              -low body temperature
                              -scanty menstruation or no period at all
                              -pale face, pale lips, pale tongue
                              -emotional (irritable, angry, frustrated)
                              Best--
                              Kate

                              Still Craving Pterodactyl--my Primal Blueprint blog

                              70 is the new 50--without the hot flashes!

                              Goals: Feel good, be stronger, and hopefully kick that arthritis in the backside! Oh, yeah, and losing more weight would be okay, too.

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