Did you know that your fingernails can say a lot about your health? A few bumps, cracks and discolouration may be a sign of something wrong in the body. And the sad part is, a lot of women don’t know what their natural fingernails look like anymore due to constant use of artificial nails. We all love a beautiful gel and acrylic nails, but are they really safe? Artificial nails can sometimes cause infections and long term problems.
Although nail changes may be due to several conditions and abnormalities, some of which are totally harmless. For instance, not everyone with white nails has hepatitis. But insufficient nutrients and vitamins in the body could result in poor growth and strength of new nail cells. It is crucial to take note of any changes in your nail appearance, texture or shape and to see your GP if you’re concerned.
Tips for healthy nails and cuticles
It is truly important to practice good nail hygiene, avoid biting nails and cutting cuticles. Also, deficiencies in certain vitamins, minerals and nutrients may negatively affect nail health and your overall wellbeing so a healthy lifestyle is ideal. Here are more tips for healthy nails and cuticles;
Keep fingernails clean and dry always
Wear gloves when washing dishes, using harsh chemicals or cleaning.
Trim your nails regularly and use nail file to smooth edges
A good moisturiser goes a long way, also apply on fingernails and cuticles.
Opt for acetone-free nail polish remover and beware of toxic ingredients in your nail polish
Be gentle on your cuticles.
Keep manicures simple
Avoid artificial nails to give your natural nails time to growth
Ask your GP for vitamins and supplements if necessary. (Biotin, Vitamin B complex helps promote healthy cell growth and aids in the metabolism of protein-building amino acids that are essential for nail growth. Biotin-rich foods and supplements also helps strengthen brittle fingernails)
Bottom line; eat healthy nutritious foods and vegetables and drinks loads of water. However, if you have a nail problem that doesn’t seem to go away see your Gp.