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3/8/13 12:51 P

Definitely see a doctor first of all. Probably a good idea to run some blood panels and see if you are missing some key nutrients.

My nails were always weak and splitting/peeling. I could never grow them out and they broke so often I didn't need to cut them. That was when I was on a low-calorie, low-fat eating habit lifestyle with hardly any veggies, oils, or fruits. Now my diet is 80-90% fruit and veggies, I buy NOTHING low-fat and I cook with EVOO, and other oils (canola, sesame, safflower) every day. I add coconut oil to my smoothies every morning and eat nuts for snacks...and my nails now grow so quickly i have to cut them twice a week, they are super hard, and even when long won't break. My previously poor eating habits were evidenced by my weak nails, even though I always took a multivitamin. Now I'm off the multivitamins and just eat incredibly healthy...and it made a huge difference.

So go to the doctor, run some blood tests, and see where you need to change your eating habits IF it's a case of being nutritionally deficient in some areas.

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3/8/13 12:47 P

This is really a question for your doctor. However, I have seen people who have been chronically undereating for their activity level report similar symptoms. I think you should head to the doctor because there's something going on, clearly, and you need a medical professional to diagnose and treat it.

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3/8/13 12:38 P

my nails seem to go through that phase, too, and I've been eating healthy, so I'm guessing it's hormonal (as I'm approaching that age).

However, if that's not your situation, speaking with a doctor would be wise

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3/5/13 9:34 A

A 2007 study found that despite the hypothesis, "no evidence supports the use of vitamin supplementation with vitamin E, vitamin C (ascorbic acid), vitamin A, retinoids, retinol, retinal, silicon, zinc, iron, copper, selenium, or vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin) for improving the nail health of well-nourished patients or improving the appearance of nails affected by pathologic disease."

If this is a new problem, it would be good to talk with your doctor about what is going on as well as any other symptoms you may be experiencing.

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3/5/13 7:48 A

You need to see a doctor. This could be a symptom of a greater problem.

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3/5/13 5:12 A

It may or may not be a nutritional deficiency at all...please go see a you could have a bacterial infection or a fungus which would need to be treated with antibiotics. Don;t wait as the problem could get serious...make an appointment please.

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3/4/13 11:05 P

Hard to say since we can't see what you're eating (do you track using the tracker here? If so you should make it public so we can look) but the first thing I think of is you're lacking in calcium.

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3/4/13 11:03 P

I have a question about nutritional requirements. My nails are so weak, they are breaking, peeling, and a 1/4 of my thumbnail broke off completely (ouch!)
What could be missing in my diet to cause this?

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