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How to Stop Biting Your Nails

Simple remedies to help you stop biting your fingernails

Nail biting is a habit that can be extremely difficult to quit. Excessive biting of the nails can lead to split or fractured nails, infections or bleeding around the nails, and of course these symptoms are quite painful.

Unfortunately there is no short term solution to help you stop biting your nails, to quit will require patience and awareness as well as a strong desire to really kick your habit.This Short Video Clip Below Contains A Few Suggestions On How To Stop Biting Your Fingernails.

If you are tired of the nail stubs and bleeding, try these simple remedies to promote normal, beautiful nail growth.

Simple Remedies To Help You Stop Biting Your Fingernails

  • Pick at least one nail to “protect” at a time. Do not bite it. If you must, bite one of the ‘unprotected’ ones. Once you have grown your unbitten nail for a while, start protecting another one.
  • Before and after photos can help keep you motivated. It usually takes three weeks to grow fingernails half a centimeter, track out how long you want your nails to be by a certain date and monitor your progress.
  • Examine your fingernails, list the problems and try to work on them. Praise yourself as you progress keeping your nails healthy and take note when you relapse.
  • Take up a habit in place of nail biting. Whenever you have the urge to nibble your nails, try drumming your fingers, playing with a blob of “silly putty” or “blue tack”, or try distracting your mouth by chewing gum.
  • nail biter How to Stop Biting Your Nails

    Don’t be silly and replace nail-biting with a worse habit. While stubby digits are unhealthy and painful, other habits can be worse.

  • Nibble inhibitors obtained from any pharmacy, contain a foul tasting chemical called Bitrex which deters you from biting. Carry some with you at all times. Apply your nasty solution several times a day. If you get used to the taste, choose another brand.
  • For females it can be a good idea to fit artificial nails. If you can’t get to your nail you can’t bite them. For guys you could try keeping a pair of gloves in your pocket and wear them when you feel the urge to bite.
  • Keep your nails well trimmed. Carry your nail clippers with you at all times and keep your fingernails short, again it’s impossible to bite them if there is nothing left to bite.
  • See if you can notice how or when you decide to start biting. There may be an underlying cause of stress, nerves or boredom perhaps. Dealing with the underlying and real issue could stop the nail biting and more.
  • If the habit is unconscious (i.e., you don’t even notice yourself starting to do it), consider using NLP or hypnotherapy – practitioners will know some great techniques for retraining your mind very quickly and easily to remove unwanted habits.
  • Calcium and magnesium enriched foods will help your nails repair and grow well. A part of the reason the body wants to bite the nails is due to a lack of calcium and magnesium in the body and body needs it back.
  • An overall balanced diet, rich in beneficial minerals and vitamins: eggs, soy, whole grains and liver are also helpful for the nails. Minerals found in apples, cucumbers, grapes, garlic, asparagus, and onions all help consistent growth. Essential fatty acids, or EFAs, are found in salmon, nuts, seeds and tuna help keep nails shiny and pliable.
  • Remember that brittle nails can be caused by strong detergents and chemicals, sun exposure, poor diet, or prolonged use of nail hardeners. Avoid the use of hardeners containing formaldehyde, which has a drying effect on nails.

Most importantly, keep looking after your nails, with cuticle oil, shine and growth promoter, and no biting!

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