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Nails are a very important part of our body that plays an essential role in protecting the fingers. In addition, they are a good thermometer of our state of health.
Usually we take very little care of them, the problems of scaly nails or a certain weakness in this part are very common. A good grooming and maintenance routine is essential to enjoy well-groomed hands and nails.
But in today's article we are not going to tell you what to do with your nails because you already know. You will meet some of the most interesting curiosities that are known about nails. Keep reading You will be surprised!
Nails grow at an average rate of 3.47 millimeters per month, or about a tenth of a millimeter per day.
When losing a nail, it can take up to six months for that nail to grow back completely.
There are some basic factors that affect growth rate:
- Nail location. The nails on the dominant hand grow faster than the rest, as do the nails on the longer fingers. This increases your risk of trauma. When this happens, the body sends more blood and nutrients to the area to help repair it. This influx of nutrients can accelerate nail growth.
- Age. Being younger has also been associated with a faster growth rate of the nails.
- Hormones. Hormones can also affect growth. For example, pregnant women experience a sudden spike in estrogen and progesterone. These hormonal changes cause rapid nail growth during pregnancy, but slow the growth rate of the nails during breastfeeding. Nail growth is said to peak during puberty and decrease as your hormone levels balance out with age.
Nails and hair
Nails and hair are related, somewhat less well known. Both nails and hair are made up of an important substance called keratin.
Keratin is the key component of our skin, hair, and nails. Its protein building blocks have chains of amino acids, coiled, cross-linked and classified as hard or soft. Helps form thin and flexible skin, strong hair, and stiff nails.
Products with keratin will help you take care of both your hair and the condition of your nails.
Nail stress thermometer
Stress affects the skin, gut, health, sleep, and even personal relationships.
But the nails also show obvious signs of stress. Healthy nail anatomy includes a white crescent at the base of the nail. A healthy nail will be pink in color and free of blemishes.
Stress can temporarily stop or interrupt the production of a new nail on some or all of your nails. For example, Beau's lines (white dots on the nails), if they are arranged in a continuous and horizontal way, can be the first symptoms of health imbalances.
Nails need blood to survive
Nails need blood, oxygen, and nutrients for proper growth. An injury to the nail can lead to the nail falling out, but not before changing to a color between black and blue tones.
The black and blue color of the nail shows how delicate the nail beds are. Blood used up by the nail plate shortly after injury causes the nail to turn black and blue.
Do they breathe their nails?
Many currents of opinion claim that nails breathe, and manicures are terrible for them.
This is false! The reality is that the nails do not "breathe", since they receive their nutrients and oxygen from the blood stream and not from the air.
But that doesn't mean you need to wear nail polish all the time, it just means that the lack of oxygen is not the reason for its flaking and dryness.
Nail biting is a pathology
Nail biting is a nervous habit and is known as onychophagia. Nervousness, fatigue, emotional disturbances, and stress are some of the causes of onychophagia.
Many people experience this compulsive nail biting habit without realizing that it can sometimes turn into a chronic disease.
Onychophagia is directly related to health, as it can cause:
- Transport of germs.
- Cuticle injuries or bleeding.
- Nail deformity.
- Dental problems such as cavities.
- Gum injuries
- Chronic paronychia (inflammation of the cellular tissue of the fingers).
According to medical studies, this disorder can have its origin in two reasons: psychological or psychosomatic.
As you can see, nails are more important than we think, taking care of them and maintaining a maintenance routine is essential for them to be healthy and strong.