Tegan's Tip- Peeling nails
Above is a picture of my own nails, over the last year I have noticed my nails beginning to peel and break almost constantly, a trip to my GP in August reminded me of the connection our outside appearance has with our inner system- Our skin, hair and nails are tools that report messages back about our inner health.
In my case I was boarding on anaemia ( I have struggled with my iron my whole life) but I had missed the usual signs.
Here is why:
Nails are made from keratin, a protein that’s also found in your hair. Nails have multiple, tough layers that can peel, which can cause the nails to appear thin or become weakened causing them to split. The professional term for peeling or splitting fingernails is "onychoschizia".
Internal causes can vary but sometimes dry, peeling nails can indicate a vitamin deficiency, typically an iron deficiency.
You need iron to manufacture hemoglobin and myoglobin, the proteins responsible for transporting oxygen to your tissues and muscles, as well as for proper growth and development and functioning of your immune system. Along with fatigue, decreased body temperature, an iron deficiency also causes brittle, splitting nails.
*Always confirm any suspicion of deficiencies by a blood test and a consultation with your GP.