Nails are a key indicator of health
Nails – like hair – are made of keratin (sulphur based protein) and can often provide a good indication of overall health. Stress, poor diet, and toxins overload all contribute to dull dry brittle hair and brittle nails that never seem to grow. Here are some useful facts about your nails and how to take care of them.
Nail fact #1
Nails contain anywhere between 7 – 15% of water, so keeping hydrated is essential for beautiful healthy nails. However, exposure to too much water can leave your nails soft, opaque and resulting in them to easily bend.
Nail fact #2
Acrylics, shellac (derived from insects) and UV baked polishes can lead to damage and brittleness of your nails. The process of adhering, sculpting or baking on polish results in the accumulation of liquids under nail bed. These liquids have no where to go, resulting in beautiful healthy nails to become brittle, paper thin and extremely soft.
Discolouration of the nail plate is also extremely common with the prolonged use of these products. The removal process can also cause problems as they require the use of acetone, which will make your nail feel dry, weak, cracked and old.
Nail fact #3
Our hands are the most extraordinary instrument and they deserve appreciation and our devoted attention. A study conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeon discovered that the best way to determine somebody’s age is by looking at their hand. They found that those with nail polish can strip years of the appearance of the hand, making you look vibrant and younger.
Steps to better nail health
For natural and vibrant hands and nails, keep hydrated, incorporate a balanced diet, and keep active to reduce stress. Five foods that are great for nail health are:
- Almonds(raw organic): rich in Vitamin E (which supports collagen production) and Vitamin B(required to strengthen nails and hair)
- Dark Leafy Green: packed with Vitamins A, C,E, K and minerals including Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium which are crucial to the health of nails hair and skin.
- Salmon: high in omega 3 fatty acids(anti inflammatory) and Biotin (Vitamin B) aid with healthy nails. Inflammation impairs the development of the nail plate so obtaining a hit of omega 3 fatty acids is ideal for healthy nail development.
- Orange Root vegetable (sweet potato, pumpkin, carrot): packed with Vitamins A and C and are ideal to supporting nail growth
- Eggs and Lean Meat: high in protein, biotin , iron and zinc, all key nutrients for stronger and healthier nails.
Give your hands hands and nails the love and care they deserve. Massage pure olive oil into your cuticles and nails every night and apply 1-2 coats of nail polish as part of your regular nail care regime for healthy, younger looking and stylish hands and nails.
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