Finger and toe nails are made of Keratin, which is a protein. The part of the nail where new keratin comes out is referred to as the matrix. It’s located at the very bottom beneath your skin and beneath the plate that is your nail. When your body produces new Keratin, the old keratin is pushed out of the matrix and thus, the nail is born!
If your nails are healthy, they should be a consistent color and they will be smooth to the touch without divets. Just like your teeth and hair, your nails need to be properly cared for. Cutting your nails with a good pair of clippers (sharp) will improve nail health.
Make sure to follow up with a nice file to smooth the edges. Loose edges can cause breakage which could lead to injury or infection and no one wants that. Taking a break from nail polish at least once a month will certainly help keep your nails in good form.
Omegas help keep the layers of keratin that make up your nails hydrated. If you notice that your nails are flaky and falling apart, you should make sure that you are getting enough omegas in your diet.
It’s important to have a balanced mix of omegas and a great source is sea buckthorn oil. Sea buckthorn seed oil has omegas 3, and the berry oil has omega-7. Both kinds of oil also contain omegas 6 and 9. Using moisturizing oils directly on your nails as a treatment works wonders and even using a regular moisturizing body lotion will do the trick.
Is Biotin Enough?
Most people are familiar with biotin as a remedy for thin hair and weak nails. Biotin supports cell production and growth. It contributes to the production of amino acids which are the building blocks of protein, one of which is Keratin. A symptom of a biotin deficiency can show up in the as thin or brittle nails.
Biotin on its own is not a great solution for problems with nail, hair or skin health. Combining biotin with fatty acids is a great way to ensure that your body gets the well rounded nutrition to support your nails.
When to Consult Your Doctor
Go to your doctor if your nails hurt, are excreting pus, are exceptionally thick or just seem to be looking out of the ordinary. Sometimes, ridges in the nails can be a symptom of eczema which may be hard to distinguish without the help of a physician. If your nail starts curling or changing shape, that should be a cause for concern as well.
Maureen Wurster has been a voice in the health and wellness world for over four years. She is a graduate of SAIC with a background in fine art and design.
Maureen has spent the last four years producing content and managing social media for natural products brands. She has provided in depth research as well as lifestyle pieces with a focus on nutritional supplements. She is passionate about promoting healthy living and helps others learn about the benefits of plant-based eating.