The appearance of the nails has to do with the care we give them and with the quality of the food. Some changes in your habits and certain nutritional supplements can improve your appearance and your general health.
The appearance of the nails is not just a matter of aesthetics. Its state reveals a lot about general health and especially about the levels of some nutrients. These nutrients are not only important for the nails but are involved in countless processes necessary for our body to function perfectly and stay in balance.
If our nails do not show a good appearance, the first thing we have to do is modify our habits to give them a better treatment. For example, we can reduce prolonged exposure to water, something that can happen if we wash dishes by hand. We can use gloves or the dishwasher (remember that this appliance saves water).
After showering or washing your hands, you can use a natural or ecological hand moisturizer.
Also, do not use nail polish frequently because it contains ingredients that dry them out, weaken them and can cause them to break. Occasionally use certified natural products to color your nails.
Obviously you don’t have to bite your nails or cuticles. You can avoid breakage by keeping your nails relatively short and square in shape, slightly rounded at the top.
NUTRIENTS TO IMPROVE THE STATE OF THE NAILS
As for supplements, those that produce the most benefits on nails are the following:
Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) is a fat that promotes healthy skin, hair, and nails. It is not easy to find it in the diet. The best sources of GLA are evening primrose oil and black currant oil. Take 500 mg of any of these oils twice a day. You will see results in about two months.
Omega-3 fatty acids are also important for nail health. Increase the presence in your food of the foods that contain them. The richest foods in the vegetable diet are crushed flax seeds and walnuts. 15 g of seeds or 7 nuts are adequate daily doses.
A multivitamin supplement, with doses that do not exceed 100% of the daily needs of each of the nutrients (vitamins and minerals), is recommended, especially in the case of the elderly. Choose a quality brand and take it for seasons. Remember that vitamin supplements in no case substitute a good diet.
If with all these measures your nails do not improve in appearance in a few weeks and they continue to be fragile, with a tendency to break, and you also feel weak or fatigued, consult your doctor because it may be a sign that you have a thyroid problem. However, remember that over the years it is to some extent normal for nails to become more dull and brittle.