Nail Biting A Problem?
Nail Biting is done by 1/3 of the population
Nail Biting is very common problem in about one-third of the population and it starts with young children and usually diminishes by the time they are thirty. Some continue nail biting into adulthood where it usually expresses itself during extremely stressful, bored or traumatic times. It helps to suppress emotions much like smoking cigarettes.
It typically is blamed on boredom, life stress and/or obsessive compulsive type behavior. I personally believe that it is nerves and fatigue That inner antsy feeling that many people calm down by smoking cigarettes, meditating, eating, drinking, etc. Another is the inability to relax or stand still and you can see nervous energy all the time in people that shake their leg while supposedly sitting still. ( I really dislike sitting next to someone on a plane who constantly shakes their leg because they are scared of flying) Some adults and children are even labeled as being “Hyperactive.” In the nutritional world, it starts with a basic fatigue factor within the body systems. Another way to notice is that it is tough to shut your mind off to go to sleep. The body is going to find another way to supply energy and it picks strong areas first such as nervous system, adrenaline or iron stores.
Most of the articles I’ve read offer ways to stop nail biting by;
- putting horrible tasting gels,polish on nail tips or fake nails.
- Snap a Rubber Band every time you catch yourself wanting to put your hands to your mouth.
- Change to a New Habit..(that is funny) as it is right up their with picking your nose and picking scabs or zits
- Try a form of stress release like exercise or yoga
- Try the right supplements for you
This is the one I like the best. I recently did my MRT Program on a client that wanted to actually go on our weight loss program. I did my usual quiz but also asked a few questions and found how nervous and stressed she is over her daily life. Per the norm, I had her start with MRT(my muscle resistance testing program) to balance her levels and lower her nervous reactions and stress levels. The fatigue was outrageous too and this is usually why anyone actually wants t0 start a diet. Unfortunately, in no way would the diet be successful until they feel better. So, the supplement program was successful within 30 days. She had acquired lots more energy, stamina, was handling stress much better and WAIT, HERE IT COMES, she had finger nails for the first time in 20 years. Awesome! The best part is she didn’t even realize she had not been biting her nails.
I always feel it is an unconscious response in a person that is trying to calm themselves internally and possibly some sort of fear or stress triggers the nervous response. If you are a chronic nail biter, you may want to give me a call as many of the problems experienced because of nerves may just turn out to be a nutritional deficiency. By the way, it also helps you quiet your mind for a better night’s sleep. It will also reduce your losing so much calcium and possibly help your future bone density problems. ( I will leave those for another article)